A cross-platform terminal emulator with advanced features not yet found elsewhere
Terminator will replace rxvt, xterm, xwsh and friends on X11 systems, GNOME Terminal, Apple's Terminal.app, KDE's Konsole and PuTTY on MS Windows.
- Automatic Logging:
- Complete logs are automatically generated of all your terminal sessions.
- Drag & Drop:
- Text and URLs, and even files from Finder/Nautilus/Windows Explorer can be dropped on Terminator to be inserted as text, with automatic quoting of filenames containing shell meta-characters.
- Terminator provides you with a find function so you can search for text and regular expressions within your terminal (including the scrollback), highlighting them all, in the style of less(1), and offering quick movement to the next or previous match. As far as we know, the only other terminal emulator with a find function is Apple's Terminal, and ours is better.
- Horizontal Scrolling:
- Most terminal emulators wrap text when it intrudes upon the right margin. Terminator doesn't — it instead provides a horizontal scrollbar when necessary (hold down shift to make your scroll wheel scroll horizontally). This brings clear benefits in terms of readability of program output, or text files sent to the display with cat(1).
- Multiple Tabs:
- Like tabbed browsing, only with terminals
- Number Reinterpretation:
- Terminator will recognize numbers in a variety of bases as the current selection, and add informational menu items to the pop-up menu showing the same number in other bases. No more man ascii or resorting to bc(1).
- Open Terminator Here:
- Start a new terminal window in the directory you clicked on in Windows Explorer.
- Written mostly in Java, with a small POSIX C++ part (for pseudo-terminal support) and a Ruby invocation script, Terminator should compile out of the box on most modern desktop operating systems
- Proper Tab Character Handling:
- Most terminal emulators will translate tab characters into strings of spaces, which is very annoying if you then try to copy/paste a section of text from your terminal into a text editor. Terminator handles tabs properly, remembering where the tabs are and copy/pasting them as tab characters.
- Unlimited Scrollback:
- Terminator won't throw away output when it scrolls off the top of the screen, nor when it reaches any arbitrary limit. You decide when, if ever, to clear the scrollback. (Even if you do clear the scrollback, you can still find lost text in the log, unless you turned that off too.)
- Intelligent Vertical Scrollin:
- Terminator's scrollbar won't keep jumping when there's output if you've deliberately scrolled back to look at part of the history, but as soon as you scroll back to the bottom again, it will resume auto-scrolling. This gives you the best of both worlds without having to choose up-front via some configuration mechanism.
- Fewer Gotchas:
- Terminator automatically turns off XON/XOFF flow control for terminal output. Being able to pause output by typing ^S and resume it by typing ^Q is much less useful given unlimited scrollback and intelligent vertical scrolling, and mainly leads to confusion when it's accidentally typed by someone who doesn't know about this functionality (or doesn't realize they've activated it). Turning off XON/XOFF allows Bash and Emacs, amongst others, to make use of these keystrokes.
- Safe Quit:
- Terminator knows when you still have processes running, and brings up a dialog rather than just letting those processes die.
- Terminator won't mangle your favorite accented characters, and it copes well with languages such as Greek where there's a mix of normal and wide glyphs.
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