Terminator – useful tool for arranging terminals

Terminator is a small project to produce an efficient way of filling a large area of screen space with terminals.

The user can have multiple terminals in one window and use key bindings to switch between them. Much of the behaviour of Terminator is based on GNOME Terminal.

This software is aimed at those who normally arrange lots of terminals near each other, but do not want to use a frame based window manager.

When you run Terminator, you get a terminal in a window, just like almost every other terminal emulator available. There is also a titlebar which will update as shells / programs inside the terminal tell it to. Also on the titlebar is a small button that opens the grouping menu. From here you can put terminals into groups, which allows you to control multiple terminals simultaneously.

You can create more terminals by right clicking on one and choosing to split it vertically or horizontally. You can remove a terminal by right clicking on it and choosing Close. Ctrl-Shift-o and Ctrl-Shift-e will also effect the splitting.

Features include:

  • Arrange terminals in a grid.
  • Multiple tabs.
  • Drag and drop re-ordering of terminals.
  • Lots of keyboard shortcuts.
  • Save multiple layouts and profiles via GUI preferences editor.
  • Simultaneous typing to arbitrary groups of terminals.
  • Horizontal scrolling.
  • Keybindings.
  • Good tab character handling.
  • Unlimited scrollback.
  • UTF-8 support.
  • Configure Terminator without editing a text configuration file.

Website: gnome-terminator.org
Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: software.jessies.org Team
License: GNU General Public License v2.0


Terminator is written in Python. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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