Best Terminal Emulators for Linux

Terminal emulators are computer programs that let you use your computer by typing commands instead of clicking icons. They provide users with a text-based interface to interact with the operating system, execute commands, and perform various tasks. They make your screen look like an old-style computer screen, where you type instructions to get things done. It support various shell environments (such as Bash, Zsh, or PowerShell)

 

1.Rxvt Unicode Terminal Emulator

Rxvt Unicode is a free terminal emulator application for Linux. It is a highly customizable, Unicode-enabled terminal emulator. One of its standout features is proper Unicode text support, allowing it to correctly display and handle international languages.

Rxvt Unicode Terminal Emulator

2.Extraterm Terminal Emulator

Extraterm is a free and open source highly customizable terminal emulator for Linux, Windows and MacOS. It comes with integration with Windows through WSL, CMD, and PowerShell, 24-bit color support.

Extraterm Terminal Emulator

3.Sakura Terminal Emulator

The Sakura is a free and open source terminal emulator for command-line functionality and text-based terminal programs. It comes with multiple tab support to custom text colors, fonts, and background images, speedy command processing, adjust settings through an intuitive contextual menu.

Sakura Terminal Emulator

4.Rio Terminal Emulator

Rio is a free and open source terminal emulator for Microsoft Windows, various Linux distributions, FreeBSD, and Apple MacOS. It comes equipped with Vi mode, hyperlinks within the terminal, display of images directly within the terminal, Kitty keyboard protocol support, adaptive theme, multiple windows.

Rio Terminal Emulator

5.Zellij Terminal

Zellij is a free and open source terminal workspace or multiplexer application for Linux and MacOS. It is written in Rust and released under MIT License. It comes with powerful customization options, floating and stacked panes, automation through layouts, plugin support, true multiplayer collaboration.

Zellij

6.Tilda Terminal Emulator

Tilda is a free and open source terminal emulator application for Linux. It is a drop-down and highly configurable terminal application. You can pull up and down from the top of the screen with a special hotkey.

Tilda Terminal Emulator

7.Eterm Terminal Emulator

Eterm is a free and open source terminal emulator for Linux. You can use this application as an xterm replacement. It is based on Imlib for advanced graphic abilities. It comes with color and themes support, font support, option to save user settings, keyboard shortcut.

Eterm Terminal Emulator

8.Yakuake Terminal Emulator

Yakuake is a free and open source terminal emulator for Linux. It is a drop-down terminal emulator based on KDE Konsole. It comes with tabbed interface, you can change its theme, D-Bus interface, terminal rolls and slides down from the top side, keyboard shortcuts, default F12 super key.

Yakuake Terminal Emulator

9.Tmux Terminal Multiplexer

Tmux is a free and open source terminal multiplexer for Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, macOS and Solaris. Using tmux, you can create, access and control multiple terminal sessions simultaneously in single window.

tmux

10.Xfce Terminal Emulator

Xfce Terminal is a free and open source terminal emulator application for Linux and primarily for the Xfce desktop environment. But you can install and use on all other Linux system.

Xfce Terminal Emulator

11.Tilix Terminal Emulator

Tilix is a free and open source tiling terminal emulator for Linux. It is written in D and released under Mozilla Public License 2.0. You can add and split tabs horizontally or vertically, detached into a new and re-arranged using drag and drop.

Tilix

12.Terminology Terminal Emulator

Terminology is a free and open source fastest terminal emulator for Linux and BSD. It is based on Enlightenment Foundation Libraries. You ca use this as vt100 terminal emulator. It comes with 256 color support and color customize, config panels, run all your regular terminal apps.

Terminology Terminal Emulator

13.Tabby Terminal Emulator

Tabby is a free and open source terminal emulator for Linux, MacOS and Windows. You can also use as a SSH, Telnet, SFTP and serial client in your system. It comes with full Unicode support, tab support, custom keyboard shortcuts, theming and color schemes, split panes.

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Tabby terminal emulator

14.CraftOS-PC ComputerCraft Terminal Emulator

CraftOS-PC is a free and open source ComputerCraft terminal emulator application for Linux, Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android. It comes with bitmapped pixel access to the terminal, debugger peripheral, LuaJIT engine support, write advanced 80s/90s-style programs, built-In screenshots & GIF Recorder.

CraftOS-PC

15.Contour Terminal Emulator

Contour is a free and open source fast GPU accelerated rendering terminal emulator for Linux, MacOS, FreeBSD and Windows. It comes with high DPI, unicode emoji, unicode grapheme cluster, blurrable background image, font ligatures, 256-color and truecolor support.

Contour Terminal Emulator

16.Wez’s Terminal

Wez’s Terminal is a free and open source terminal emulator and multiplexer application for Linux, macOS, Windows and FreeBSD. It comes with multiple windows, tabs, mouse support, splits, panes, xterm style text selection, hyperlink support, SSH client, kitty and sixel graphics support, ligatures, Color Emoji, dynamic color schemes.

Wez's Terminal

17.DomTerm Terminal Emulator

DomTerm is a free and open source modern terminal emulator and REPL console for Linux. It is based on web technologies like JavaScript and DOM and uses a browser engine as a GUI toolkit. So you will get embedded graphics, links, HTML rich text, and fold-able commands in your output.

DomTerm

18.Terminator Terminal

Terminator is a free and open source terminal emulator application for Linux. It is inspired by projects like quadkonsole, gnome-multi-term, Iterm2, and Tilix.

Terminator Terminal Emulator

19.Boxi Terminal Emulator

Boxi is a free and open source terminal emulator application for Linux. It is written in Python and released under GNU General Public License v3.0. You can use this terminal with Toolbox. It runs in a separate container from the session and uses different application identifiers.

Boxi app

20.Black Box Terminal Emulator

Black Box is a free and open source terminal emulator application for Linux. It will work well on GNOME systems. You can make this terminal app more beautiful with build-in color schemes and themes.

Black Box Terminal Emulator

21.Tio TTY Terminal

Tio is a free and open source serial terminal command-line tool for Linux. Using tio you can easily connect to TTY devices for basic I/O operations. This application is more focus on the needs of embedded developers and hackers.

 

22.KGX Terminal Emulator

KGX or King’s Cross is a free and open source terminal emulator for Linux. It is a simple terminal for average and casual cli user. It will work well on GNOME and Phosh systems. You can host multiple sessions per window with nifty tabs.

KGX Terminal Emulator

23.Alacritty Terminal Emulator

Alacritty is a free and open source terminal emulator for Linux, Windows and BSD. . Notably, it harnesses the power of the GPU for rendering, enhancing its speed and overall performance.

Alacritty Terminal

24.Hyper Terminal

Hyper is a free and open source simple but beautiful terminal application for Linux, MacOS and Windows. It is based on Html, Css, TypeScript (Electron) and released under MIT license.

Hyper Terminal

25.Cool Retro Term Terminal Emulator

Cool Retro Term is a free and open source terminal emulator for Linux and MacOS. It mimics the old cathode tube monitor screen in look and feel. It is lightweight and customizable terminal emulator.

Cool Retro Term Terminal Emulator

26.Guake Terminal

Guake is a free and open source terminal emulator for Linux. It is mainly inspired by the Quake game terminal. You can show and hide Guake terminal using a single key F12 (you can change this) or control via your panel or Top bar.

guake

27.Kitty Terminal Emulator

Kitty is a free open source GPU based terminal emulator for Linux and MacOS. It uses lower system resources and threaded rendering to run kitty faster. It comes with mouse , uni-code, true-color and focus tracking support.

Kitty Terminal Emulator

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