GNOME Terminal Alternatives and Similar Software

GNOME Terminal allows Linux and BSD users to execute terminal commands while still on their familiar and customized graphical desktop.

There are equivalent console emulators for Windows and Terminal emulators for macOS, despite the use cases for them being about feature enhancement instead of the presence of a graphical desktop. This is because Windows and macOS both support running their console and terminal apps as windows on their graphical interfaces.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 1/2/2019 1:17:00 PM

Alternatives to GNOME Terminal for all platforms with any license

  • ConEmu

    Windows console emulator with tabs, which presents multiple consoles and simple GUI applications as one customizable GUI window with various features. Initially, the program was created as a companion to Far Manager . Today, ConEmu can be used with any other console application or simple GUI tools (like PuTTY for example). ConEmu is an active project, open to suggestions.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • PowerShell

    Windows PowerShell is an extensible command-line shell and associated scripting language from Microsoft. Windows PowerShell integrates with the Microsoft .NET Framework and provides an environment for execution of cmdlets, which are specialized .NET classes implementing a particular operation, scripts, which are composition of cmdlets along with imperative logic, executables, which are standalone applications, or by instantiating regular .NET classes.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Hyper

    Hyper™ is a beautiful and extensible, cross-platform terminal built on open web standards. It provides an elegant command-line experience that is consistent across all supported platforms which includes macOS, Windows and various Linux distributions like Fedora and Debian. For developers, extensions are universal Node.js modules loaded by both Electron and the renderer process.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

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  • Terminal

    Terminal (also referred to as Terminal.app) is a terminal emulator included in Apple's Mac OS X operating system. It originated in Mac OS X's predecessors, NEXTSTEP and OPENSTEP, and allows the user to interact with the computer through a command line interface. On Mac OS X, Terminal is located in the /Applications/Utilities folder.

    Free Mac

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  • Tilix

    Tilix is a tiling terminal emulator which uses the VTE GTK+ 3 widget with the following features: - Layout terminals in any fashion by splitting them horizontally or vertically. - Terminals can be re-arranged using drag and drop both within and between windows. - Terminals can be detached into a new window via drag and drop. - Input can be synchronized between terminals so commands typed in one terminal are replicated to the others.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • ConnectBot

    ConnectBot is a Secure Shell client for the Android platform. Its ultimate goal is to create a secure connection through which you can use a shell on a remote machine and transfer files back and forth to your phone.

    Free Open Source Android

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  • Termux

    Ready to go. Termux works directly with no rooting or setup required. At first start a minimal base system is installed automatically - you decide what to do next. Powerful. Combine the flexibility and power of command-line tools - monitor multiple remote servers over SSH by tailing log files in tmux, sync dotfiles with git and encrypt secrets with gpg. Feature packed. Take your pick between bash or zsh and nano or vim.

    Free Open Source Android Android Tablet F-Droid zsh Bash

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  • upterm

    Upterm is an IDE in the world of terminals. Strictly speaking, it's both a terminal emulator and an interactive shell based on Electron. Also, unlike most of the emulators you can meet nowadays it uses HTML and CSS for its UI (exactly as Atom does), which means we can stop misusing unicode characters and make a better looking terminal with appropriate tools. Autocompletion Upterm shows the autocompletion box as you type and tries to be smart about what to suggest.

    Free Open Source Mac Linux Electron / Atom Shell

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  • Cool Retro Term

    Cool Retro Term (CRT) is a terminal emulator which mimics the look and feel of the old cathode tube screens. It has been designed to be eye-candy, customizable, and reasonably lightweight. Included are an array of packaged profiles (themes) that you can fully customize to get the exact, retro look you'd like. This terminal emulator works under Linux and OSX and requires Qt 5.2 or higher.

    Free Open Source Mac Linux

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  • Xfce-Terminal

    Terminal is a modern terminal emulator for the Unix/Linux desktop - primarily for the Xfce desktop environment. We developed it because we saw the need for a lightweight and easy to use terminal emulator in the Xfce desktop environment, that doesn’t require the user to install the GNOME platform, but still provides a worthy alternative to the GNOME terminal emulator.

    Free Open Source Linux BSD Xfce

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  • Alacritty

    Alacritty is the result of frustration with existing terminal emulators. Using vim inside tmux in many terminals was a particularly bad experience. None of them were ever quite fast enough. Even so, Linux does have some decent alternatives. For example, urxvt and st give good experiences. The major downside with those options is difficulty of configuration and inability to run on non-X11 platforms.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Kitty terminal

    Kitty ( not to be confused with KiTTY ) is a powerful, cross-platform GPU-based terminal emulator. It offloads rendering to the GPU and uses OpenGL for fast, cross-platform performance with built-in tiling layouts as well as graphic, unicode and font ligature support. FEATURES - Supports all modern terminal features: graphics (images), unicode, true-color, OpenType ligatures, mouse protocol, focus tracking, bracketed paste and more.

    Free Open Source Mac Linux

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  • Konsole

    Konsole is a free terminal emulator which is part of KDE Software Compilation. It features: Tabbed terminals; Tab titles; 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; Export of output in plain text or HTML format.

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • rxvt-unicode

    Rxvt-unicode is a highly customizable terminal emulator forked from rxvt. Commonly known as urxvt, rxvt-unicode can be daemonized to run clients within a single process in order to minimize the use of system resources. Developed by Marc Lehmann, some of the more outstanding features of rxvt-unicode include international language support through Unicode, the ability to display multiple font types and support for Perl extensions.

    Free Open Source Mac Linux

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  • Sakura

    sakura is a terminal emulator based on GTK and VTE. It's a terminal emulator with few dependencies, so you don't need a full GNOME desktop installed to have a decent terminal emulator. Current terminal emulators based on VTE are gnome-terminal, XFCE Terminal, TermIt and a small sample program included in the vte sources.

    • Sakura makes renaming tabs a breeze. Why did GT developers removed this feature is a mystery to me. aasamiDec 2016 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • Pantheon Terminal

    A super lightweight, beautiful, and simple terminal. It's designed to be setup with sane defaults and little to no configuration. It's just a terminal, nothing more, nothing less. Designed for elementary OS.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Terminology

    Terminology is a terminal emulator for e17. What does it do? It emulates a slightly extended vt100 with some extensions and bling thrown in. Most escapes supported by xterm, rxvt etc.

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • xterm

    The xterm program is a terminal emulator for the X Window System. It provides DEC VT102 and Tektronix 4014 compatible terminals for programs that can't use the window system directly.

    Free Open Source Mac Linux BSD

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  • Extraterm

    Extraterm is more than just a traditional terminal emulator. It provides a toolbox for working with your terminal and command line applications, allowing you to capture and reuse previous command output across your terminal sessions, preview images and rich media directly, and edit command output.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Cygwin

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  • iTerm

    iTerm is a full featured terminal emulation program written for OS X using Cocoa. We are aiming at providing users with best command line experience under OS X. The letter i represents a native Apple look and feel of the program interface, and an emphasis on complete international support.

    Free Open Source Mac

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  • RXVT

    RXVT –our extended virtual terminal– is a terminal emulator for X11. It is a popular replacement for the standard ‘xterm’.

    • Discontinued Last updated in 2013.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux

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  • Terminus

    Terminus is an Electron-based terminal app that works across Windows, Mac and Linux while also supporting Windows shells including Powerfull and git-bash on Windows.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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