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xterm Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to xterm for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac 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 18 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to xterm are Hyper, iTerm2, Alacritty and Kitty terminal.

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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  • FreeOpen Source
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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.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceTabby Terminal either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableTabby Terminal is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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  2. 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.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsHyper can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceHyper either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableHyper is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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  3. iTerm2 is a replacement for Terminal and the successor to iTerm. It works on Macs with macOS 10.10 or newer. iTerm2 brings the terminal into the modern age with features you never knew you always wanted.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableiTerm2 is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingiTerm2 supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightAlacritty consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  5. Kitty ( not to be confused with KiTTY ) is a powerful, cross-platform GPU-based terminal emulator.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceKitty terminal either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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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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    Terminal

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    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.

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    WezTerm

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    A GPU-accelerated cross-platform terminal emulator and multiplexer written by @wez and implemented in Rust

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    upterm

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Electron / Atom Shell

    Upterm is an IDE in the world of terminals. Strictly speaking, it's both a terminal emulator and an interactive shell based on Electron.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceupterm either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Discontinued

    Deprecated since May 20, 2019. Maintainer suggests using Hyper instead.

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    iTerm

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    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.

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    Discontinued

    Abandoned since 2011. The author recommends switching to iTerm2http://iterm.sourceforge.net/news.shtml

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