Microsoft releases an open source Windows Terminal application

Written about 1 year ago by IanDorfman

In a move to embrace open source development, Microsoft has announced an open source Small Windows Terminal iconWindows Terminal application for Small Windows 10 iconWindows 10 to be distributed via the Small Microsoft Store iconMicrosoft Store. Its source code is available via GitHub.

In a post on Microsoft's dev blog, Microsoft's Program Manager for Windows Console, Command-Line, and Windows Subsystem for Linux Kayla Cinnamon described multiple key features for the new terminal application:

• Support for opening multiple tabs "each connected to a command-line shell or app of your choice, e.g. Small Windows Command Prompt iconWindows Command Prompt, Small PowerShell iconPowerShell, Small Ubuntu iconUbuntu on WSL, a Raspberry Pi via SSH, etc."

• A text rendering engine that utilizes Small Microsoft DirectX iconMicrosoft DirectX and DirectWrite alongside GPU acceleration. This will allow for Windows Terminal to display "text characters, glyphs, and symbols present within fonts on your PC, including CJK ideograms, emoji, powerline symbols, icons, programming ligatures, etc."

• Alongside the new text rendering, there will also be a new font that is also open source and will have its own Small GitHub iconGitHub repository

• Support for robust settings and configuration, including the ability to "create multiple “profiles” for each shell/app/tool you want to use, whether it be PowerShell, Command Prompt, Ubuntu, or even SSH connections to Azure or IoT devices" alongside control on the design and layout of the app. This will all be stored in a structured text file for easier customization.

These are the features currently emphasized for the upcoming 1.0 release of Windows Terminal, with more features in development down the line. Windows Terminal will be released on Microsoft Store this summer with a focus on early adopters testing it out, with a wider release coming this winter.