5 Best Open Source Terminal Emulators For Linux

Terminal emulators are programs that imitates a video terminal within some other display architecture. Or we can say  terminal emulators have the ability to make a given computer appear like an actual terminal or client computer networked to a server or mainframe.

A terminal window allows the user access to a text terminal and all its applications such as command-line interfaces (CLI) and text user interface (TUI) applications.

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In this article we are going to list 5 best open source Terminal emulators for Linux,which are light weight and have some good customizable options.

Best Linux Terminal Emulators :

1. GNOME Terminal :

Best Open Source Terminal Emulators For Linux

GNOME terminal is a built-in terminal emulator for GNOME desktop environment developed by Havoc Pennington and others.

It support colored text, a variety of themes, transparency, mouse interaction, multiple tabs etc. Users also can create multiple profiles for his/her account and can customize configuration options.

2. Terminator :

Best Open Source Terminal Emulators For Linux

Terminator is based on GNOME Terminal. It is inspired by programs such as gnome-multi-term, quadkonsole, etc. in that the main focus is arranging terminals in grids.

Notable features are — a number of keybindings, saving of layouts, and the ability to type to multiple terminals at the same time.

3. Konsole :

Best Open Source Terminal Emulators For Linux

Konsole is a free and open-source terminal emulator which is part of KDE Applications.

Features includes — supports bi-directional text display, tabbed terminals. translucent backgrounds, split-view mode, directory and SSH bookmarking, customizable color schemes, customizable key bindings, notifications about silence or activity in a terminal, incremental search and also export of output in plain text or HTML format.

4. Guake :

Best Open Source Terminal Emulators For Linux

Guake is a dropdown lightweight terminal emulator made for the GNOME desktop environment. Guake’s style of window is based on an FPS game, and one of its goals is to be easy to reach. Guake is mostly written in Python and has a little piece in C.

Features includes — smooth integration of terminal into GUI, appears when you call and disappears once you are done by pressing a predefined hotkey (F12 by default), transparency support, multi tab, plenty of color palettes, customizable hotkeys for tab access, reorganization,  multi-monitor support (open on a specified monitor, open on mouse monitor) and open URL to your browser.

5. Yakuake :

Best Open Source Terminal Emulators For Linux

Yakuake is a drop-down terminal emulator based on KDE Konsole technology. It is very much similar to Guake terminal emulator in functionality. It’s design was inspired from fps consoles games such as Quake.

Features includes — smoothly rolls down from the top of your screen, tabbed interface, configurable dimensions and animation speed, skinnable and sophisticated D-Bus interface.

So which one is your favorite ? And also if you know any other good Terminal emulators let us know them in comments.

Nethra Gupta
Nethra Gupta
Nethra Gupta, with a Master’s in Tech and Digital Media, she's an expert in the latest tech trends and social media. Recognized in tech forums Nethra is known for her reliable insights. When offline, she loves digital art and gaming.


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