How to Install Alacritty Terminal Emulator via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04

Last updated: December 19, 2020

This simple tutorial shows how to install the fastest terminal emulator, Alacritty, in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, Linux Mint 20 via PPA.

Alacritty is a cross-platform, GPU-accelerated terminal emulator works on macOS, Linux, BSD, and Windows. It’s free and open-source software that strongly focus on simplicity and performance. And it features Vi mode, search, Vi search etc.

To install the software, there’s a PPA repository contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 20.10. Also an old version is available for Ubuntu 18.04.

1. Open terminal from your system application launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:aslatter/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) for sudo prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. While adding the PPA will also automatically refresh system package cache, run apt command to install the terminal emulator:

sudo apt install alacritty

Once installed, either open it either from system application launcher or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard.

Uninstall Alacritty:

To remove the terminal emulator, run command:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove alacritty

To remove the Ubuntu PPA, either run command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:aslatter/ppa

or open Software & Updates and remove the repository line under Other Software tab.


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