Terra: Yakuake Alternative for Ubuntu Unity / Gnome / Xfce

Last updated: August 31, 2013

Terra is a drop-down terminal emulator based on GTK+3.0. It has a tranparent background and supports multiple terminals with splitting screen horizontally or vertically.

It’s a good alternative to Yakuake terminal. Here are the screenshots:

terra terminal in gnome

terra terminal in xfce

terra terminal in unity

Install Terra in Ubuntu & its derivatives

For Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal, Linux Mint and Elementary OS. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands one by one to install it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ozcanesen/terra-terminal

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install terra

Download and install the DEB from this page if you don’t want to add the ppa.


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