Cool Terminal Alternatives for Ubuntu 5 comments

Talking about Terminal, we have been working on the same default terminal for a long time. Why not change it a little. Keeping this in mind, we have selected two cool alternatives to replace the default Ubuntu terminal for your basic to advanced operations. Both of them are unique in their own way and serve the main stream purposes as well as some special purposes. These two are basically terminal emulators and are aimed mainly at increasing usability of gnome terminal in Ubuntu.

Guake Terminal

Guake is a drop-down terminal for Gnome (in the style of Yakuake for KDE, Tilda or the terminal used in Quake). It aims to  provide a quick-access  terminal, that show/hide on screen with a simple key pressing. This drop-down terminal is really good to work with. Install it, run it, set it to start on boot. It can be minimized into tray and can be called back by F12 directly.It can be installed from Ubuntu Software Center or simply type ‘sudo apt-get install guake‘ in the terminal. Simply type in search box ‘Guake” and install it. Run it from Applications>Accessories>Guake.  Then right click the tray icon  and click ‘preferences’ and set them according to your requirement. For any details please refer “man guake“.

Keyboard Shortcuts


Terminator is an application that provides lots of terminals in a single window, saving valuable screen space otherwise wasted on window decorations and not quite being able to fill the screen with terminals. Much of the behaviour of Terminator is based on GNOME Terminal, and they have added more features from that as time goes by, but we also want to extend out in different directions with useful features for system admins and other users.


Use the following PPA to install Terminator to your Ubuntu machines –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome-terminator/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install terminator


  • Arrange terminals in a grid
  • 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

Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl+Shift+O – Split terminals Horizontally.

Ctrl+Shift+E – Split terminals Vertically.

Ctrl+Shift+Right – Move parent dragbar Right.

Ctrl+Shift+Left – Move parent dragbar Left.

Ctrl+Shift+Up – Move parent dragbar Up.

Ctrl+Shift+Down – Move parent dragbar Down.

F11 – Toggle Fullscreen.

Ctrl+Shift+F – Search within terminal scrollback

Ctrl+Shift+N or Ctrl+Tab – Move to next terminal within the same tab, use Ctrl+PageDown  to move  to the next tab.  If cycle_term_tab is False, cycle within the same tab will be disabled.

Ctrl+Shift+P or Ctrl+Shift+Tab – Move to previous terminal within the same tab,  use  Ctrl+PageUp to  move to the previous tab.  If cycle_term_tab is False, cycle within the same tab will be disabled.

Alt+Up – Move to the terminal above the current one.

Alt+Down – Move to the terminal below the current one.

Alt+Left – Move to the terminal left of the current one.

Alt+Right – Move to the terminal right of the current one.

For more information, please refer “man terminator” or “man terminator_config”. Any queries regarding these or any other regarding Ubuntu/Bash etc can be asked here.
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  • awesome, I’m using Guake as we speak, MUCH better than regular Terminal, plus you always have it handy! 😀

  • NNetral

    I’m using both, they work together like a charm 🙂 thanks for the tip

  • bubula

    I don’t get it – what about simply using “screen” in the terminal? You have tons of options with it, and the best is that you can get out and resume your session, while the processes in the screens keep running.

  • I’m seeking a Gnome terminal alternative that this:
    It can save my favorite commands
    It have gui for some command parameters

    Is it available?

  • Andres Misiak

    Thank’s, I was looking for exactly what Guake does, it’s exelent!