Install Terminology, Excellent Terminal Emulator in Ubuntu

December 10, 2013 — 9 Comments

beautiful terminal emulator


Terminology is a new terminal emulator designed by Enlightenment team. Terminology is probably the most beautiful terminal emulator because it comes with below features:

  • Most escapes supported by xterm, rxvt etc.
  • Xterm 256 color escapes work
  • Background wallpaper (bitmap, scalable/vector, animated gif, videos)
  • Transparency
  • Bitmap and scalable fonts supported
  • Themes for the layout and design
  • URL, file path and email address detection and link-handling
  • Inline display of link content
  • Multiple copy and paste selections and buffer support
  • Works in X11
  • Works in Wayland
  • Works directly in the linux framebuffer (fbcon)
  • Can be finger/touch controlled
  • Scan scale by UI scaling factors
  • Can render using OpenGL or OpenGL-ES2 (not a requirement – just an option)
  • Can display inlined media content (images, video, documents)
  • Can do multiple “tabs”
  • Can do splitting into multiple panes
  • Block text selection
  • Drag and drop of text selections and links
  • Can stream media from URLs
  • Tab switcher has live thumbnail content
  • Single process, multiple windows/terminals support
  • Fast (gives urxvt a run for its money)
  • Themable visual bell
  • Compress backscroll
  • Text reflow on resize
  • More…

Install Terminology in Ubuntu Linux Mint

This terminal emulator depends on the core Enlightenment foundation libraries. We can install it as well as the dependencies on Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint via PPA.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:enlightenment-git/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install terminology

Once installed open it from Unity Dash or Menu.

Remember that this project is still in early development stage, so it may have bugs and not all the above features will work, use it at your own risk!

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9 responses to Install Terminology, Excellent Terminal Emulator in Ubuntu

  1. Really beatiful and useful alternative …

  2. a few problems…

    W: Failed to fetch “” 404 Not Found

    W: Failed to fetch “” 404 Not Found

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

    • Seems that you’re adding the PPA in Debian Wheezy.

      First I’m not sure if this PPA will work for Debian or not. Second, the PPA failed to build the recent packages. Use this PPA instead before the maintainer updating the PPA:

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vase/ppa
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install terminology
  3. Ji m that repository is no longer sufficient for trusty (doesn’t have that release).

    • Hey! I just downloaded the amd64 version from the .deb package from the PPA’s launchpad page and installed it with double click. It worked fine for me on Ubuntu 14.04 and Mint 17 so.. I guess that if you can manage to get past the fact that there isn’t a PPA available for the latest version of Ubuntu with terminology packages on it , i think you should try installing it like this.
      Otherwise, I still think it’s still way easier than installing from source packages.

      These are the direct links to the packages that worked for me:
      After installing I hit the “about” button and it says version 0.6.99.

      I’m telling you.. I fel in love with this.Not perfect but still

  4. it works like a charm, thanks

  5. hi ji, i want to remove grub customizer then what to do.
    my ubuntu take update on startup after installing grub customizer.
    please give me solution……..

  6. Thx. I had been trying to install this but with all the flux of info out there I was really at a lost. Thx for the tuto, all the best.

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