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The Tilix terminal emulator released version 1.9.4 a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10 via PPA.

Tilix, formerly Terminix, is a free and open-source terminal emulator that uses the VTE GTK+ 3 widget. It features terminal screen splitting and drop-down mode support.

After one year and a half of development, it finally announced the new release with minimal maintenance. And Tilix is looking for maintainers!

What’s new in Tilix 1.9.4:

  • Actually install Yaru color scheme
  • Give every tab the ${title} (instead of “Default”)
  • Add option to strip trailing whitespace on paste.
  • Add shortcut to “Unselect all”
  • Update metainfo data
  • Update to GtkD 3.9.0.
  • Bump minimum VTE version to 0.46
  • And various bug-fixes.

How to Install Tilix via Ubuntu PPA:

For request, you can now install the new release packages from the unofficial PPA, by doing the steps one by one:

1.) Open terminal from system app launcher and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/tilix

Type your login password if asks, while no asterisk feedback, and hit Enter to continue.

2.) Then either install the terminal via command:

sudo apt install tilix

or upgrade via Software Updater if an old version was installed.

Uninstall Tilix:

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

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/tilix

or use Software & Updates utility with Other Software tab.

You can alternatively purge the Ubuntu PPA, which also downgrade the terminal emulator package to the stock version. To do so, run command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/tilix

And to remove Tilix, run command:

sudo apt remove tilix

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.

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!