10 Best Linux Terminal Emulators For Ubuntu And Fedora

The terminal emulator is an essential program for Linux users. It grants every user access to the shell. Bash is the most common shell for Linux and UNIX distributions; it’s powerful and essential for both novice and advanced users. So, in this post, you will learn about the great alternatives to your default Linux terminal emulator.

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10 Best Linux Terminal Emulators

1. Terminator

This project’s purpose is to create a useful tool for arranging terminals. It is influenced by applications like gnome-multi-term, quadkonsole, and others in that it focuses on organizing terminals in grids.

Features At A Glance

  • 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
terminator linux terminal

You can install Terminator typing –

sudo apt-get install terminator

2. Tilda – a drop-down terminal

Tilda’s unique feature is that it does not operate like a typical window; instead, it may be dragged up and down from the top of the screen using a custom hotkey. Tilda is also highly customizable. It is possible to adjust the hotkeys for keybindings, change the appearance, and many other variables that influence Tilda’s behavior. Tilda is available for Ubuntu and Fedora via the package manager, as well as on GitHub.

tilda linux terminal

Also read – Terminator Emulator With Multiple Terminals In One Window

3. Guake

It’s a drop-down terminal emulator similar to Tilda or yakuake. You can add features to Guake, but you must be familiar with Python, Git, and GTK.

Features At A Glance

  • Lightweight
  • Simple Easy and Elegant
  • Smooth integration of terminal into GUI
  • Appears when you call and disappears once you are done by pressing a predefined hotkey (F12 by default)
  • Compiz transparency support
  • Multi-tab
  • Plenty of color palettes
  • and more …

4. ROXTerm

If you want a lightweight and highly customizable terminal emulator, ROXTerm is the one for you. It is a terminal emulator based on the same VTE library as gnome-terminal, with similar capabilities. It was initially designed to have a smaller footprint and a faster start-up time than gnome-terminal, and it’s more customizable and aimed primarily at “power” users that use terminals frequently.

roxterm linux terminal

5. XTerm

Because it is the default terminal for the X Window System, it is the most used terminal for Linux and UNIX systems. It is incredibly light and easy to use.

xterm linux terminal

Also, read – Guake Another Linux Terminal Emulator

6. Eterm

If you’re looking for a fantastic and powerful terminal emulator, Eterm is the way to go. Eterm is a color vt102 terminal emulator designed to replace XTerm. It is built with a Freedom of Choice philosophy in mind, giving the user as much power, flexibility, and freedom as possible.

etern linux terminal

7. Gnome Terminal

It’s a popular terminal emulator among Linux users because it’s part of the Gnome Desktop environment, and Gnome is widely used. It offers a lot of features and supports a lot of themes.

It is included in many Linux distributions by default, but you may also install it using your package manager.

gnome terminal

8. Sakura

Sakura is a terminal emulator that just uses GTK and VTE. It’s a terminal emulator with little requirements, so you don’t need to install the entire GNOME desktop to have a functional terminal emulator.

Sakura is available for most Linux distributions, so you may install it using your package manager.

9. LilyTerm

LilyTerm is a terminal emulator based on libvte that tries to be quick and lightweight. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3.

Features At A Glance

  • Low resource consumption
  • Multi Tab
  • Color scheme
  • Hyperlink support
  • Fullscreen support
  • and many others …
lilyterm linux terminal

10. Konsole

You must be familiar with Konsole if you use KDE or Plasma. It’s KDE’s default terminal emulator and one of my faves because it’s both comfortable and useful. It is available for Ubuntu and Fedora, but if you are using Ubuntu, you need to choose another alternative or consider using Kubuntu.

konsole linux terminal


Aside from the ones listed above, there are a plethora of Linux terminal emulators available. Since writing this article, I’ve discovered even more cool and helpful terminal emulators for Linux, which I will indeed include in the following days. If you use a terminal that I didn’t list in this article, please let me know in the comments section below. I’ll think about adding it to the list.


Mohd Sohail is a web developer and a Linux sysAdmin. He also loves to write how-to articles, applications reviews and loves to use new Linux distributions.

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