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xterm Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to xterm for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Tabby Terminal, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to xterm and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to xterm are Terminator, Hyper, GNOME Terminal and Alacritty.

xterm alternatives are mainly Terminal Emulators but may also be Shells or SSH Clients. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of xterm.
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The xterm program is a terminal emulator for the X Window System. It provides DEC VT102 and Tektronix 4014 compatible...

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  1. Tabby is an infinitely customizable cross-platform terminal app for local shells, serial, SSH and Telnet connections.

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  2. Terminator enables the user to run and manage multiple terminal emulators side-by-side in the same window. The main focus is arranging terminals in a grid. (Tabs is the most common default method, which Terminator also supports.

    Terminator is running Vim, Bash, and Python side by side.
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  3. 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.

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    GNOME Terminal

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    GNOME Terminal is a terminal emulator for the GNOME desktop environment written by Havoc Pennington and others. Terminal emulators allow users to execute commands using a real UNIX shell while remaining on their graphical desktop.[

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    Alacritty

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Alacritty is a blazing fast, GPU accelerated terminal emulator. It’s written in Rust and uses OpenGL for rendering to be the fastest terminal emulator available. Alacritty is available on GitHub in source form.

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  6. Kitty ( not to be confused with KiTTY ) is a powerful, cross-platform GPU-based terminal emulator.

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    Konsole

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Konsole is a terminal to run a command shell. It provides a command line interface for directly controlling your computer.

    Konsole supports multiple tabs per windows.
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    Tilix

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Tilix is a tiling terminal emulator which uses the VTE GTK+ 3 widget with the following features:

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    Cool Retro Term

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    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.

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  10. Xfce Terminal is a lightweight and easy to use terminal emulator application with many advanced features including drop down, tabs, unlimited scrolling, full colors, fonts, transparent backgrounds, and more.

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