Terminal Emulators

Hyper – terminal emulator built with web technologies

Last Updated on September 1, 2020


Recent versions of Hyper offers several enhancements that radically improve its speed. If you spend a lot of your time at the terminal, Hyper is a real alternative to ‘traditional’ terminal emulators.

If you’re in the market for a terminal built on web technologies, Hyper is just the ticket. It’s garnished a lot of support attracting over 30,000 GitHub stars. But it’s certainly not frugal with memory, consuming about 240MB of RAM.

Cross-platform compatibility is one of Electron’s benefits, but that sometimes comes with a cost: Unless optimized, Electron-based applications can be sluggish, and consume lots of memory. And that’s the last thing you’d want from a terminal emulator. I still have concerns about the amount of resources Electron apps use. But Electron is continuing to evolve and improve.

Website: hyper.is
Support: GitHub Code Repository, Awesome Hyper offers a good curated link collection
Developer: ZEIT, Inc.
License: MIT License

Hyper is written in TypeScript. Learn TypeScript with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Extensibility
Page 4 – Other Features
Page 5 – Summary

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Liam Mapson
Liam Mapson
4 years ago

Everyone who’s “in the market for a terminal built on web technologies”, please raise your hand…

No doubt I’ve missed something important, but what?

Luke Baker
4 years ago
Reply to  Liam Mapson

It just means if you’re looking for a modern terminal….

4 years ago

If you might want to access a text based application from Linux on a remote network with a web server to provide access in this manner you might use this. Most young’uns wouldn’t know there’s trilliions of lines of code apps running out there that still manage huge petabytes of data all in text mode. IRS, Healthcare, lots of places. What I hate about articles on “Terminal Emulation” is they only deal with one emulation. VT100 compatible. If you want to write a true Terminal Emulator, emulate some terminals and do ADDS, IBM3090, or some other useful things instead of kiddie stuff.

Phil S
Phil S
4 years ago
Reply to  Erpitt

Erpitt, if you want ADDS, IBM3090 or whatever, and think there’s a need to emulate them, go ahead and write a terminal emulator that meets your needs. The VT100 was very successful, and for a good reason.