Terminator 0.97 – A Terminal Emulator to Manage Multiple Terminal Windows on Linux

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26 Responses

  1. Janaka Bandara says:

    Great article, and great tool!

    Just a small query; is it possible to change the color scheme of all windows/tabs of a running Terminator instance dynamically (e.g. via a dconf/gconf property value write) without having to discard existing tabs/windows or having to restart Terminator?

    In the default gnome-terminal (Ubuntu 16.04) I managed to do it via dconf; e.g. for changing the background color of all running terminal windows:

    dconf write /org/gnome/terminal/legacy/profiles:/:a_terminal_profile_id/background-color “‘rgb(255,255,255)'”

    I researched a bit but could not come with something useful.

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Its so simple, just right click on the tab and go to the preference tab –> profiles –> colors tab to change the background color and text of the terminal for each opened terminal window..

      • Hi Ravi,

        Thanks, but I’m actually looking for something that can be automated (should have mentioned it in my original comment; sorry!) The thing is, I have a script which, when run, changes the colors of all open gnome-terminal windows/tabs (via a dconf value write), and I want to modify it to suit terminator.

  2. Aaron Kili K says:

    Great article, i have just been looking for this…….

    I would like to know where it works on servers.

  3. Deepika says:

    Having trouble opening terminator:

    [[email protected] ~]$ terminator

    (process:29177): Gtk-WARNING **: Locale not supported by C library.
    Using the fallback ‘C’ locale.
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/bin/terminator”, line 30, in
    import gtk, pango, gobject
    File “/usr/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/gtk-2.0/gtk/__init__.py”, line 64, in
    File “/usr/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/gtk-2.0/gtk/__init__.py”, line 52, in _init
    RuntimeError: could not open display

    My Vm is accessed through SSH. Is that the issue?

    Any help is very much appreciated.

    • Ravi Saive says:

      May be, but try to run the terminal within the server and see, if it still throws an error then it might be your GTK display problem..

    • Steve says:

      Did you pass -X as an option to forward the display to your local machine? Do you have an X session running locally? If your local machine is a Linux desktop, you have an X session by default. If you’re accessing the remote machine using something like PuTTY from Windows, then you will need additional software to provide the X session.

  4. Keith Kee says:

    There are some cool things you can do with this application if you access to their config file. :)

  5. Rodnaldo says:

    Hi Avishek, I’m looking for a answer about Why I can’t do Audible ping from Terminator and I can do it from CTRL+ALT+F1 typing ping -a for example? And the most important how I could fix/do it from Terminator?

    Can you help me, please?

    Thanks a lot!!

    • Steve says:

      Do you have audible bell enabled in the profiles preferences? By default it is turned off, and instead there is a bell icon in the titlebar.

  6. soybean says:

    Is there a windows version of this tool somewhere?

  7. Fedora user says:

    Wrong link. The article is about “Gnome Terminator” which is a native Linux app, yet the link points to a Java based terminal emulator which is completely different, despite sharing the same name.

    Gnome Terminator is not available on the Windows platform.

  8. Steve Boddy says:

    Actually, yes, you’ve searched for Terminator, and gotten the wrong one in the link.


  9. Steve Boddy says:

    Hi Avishek.

    As the current maintainer of Terminator, thanks for the article, but can I ask you to correct a couple of things so people don’t get the wrong idea.

    1. Terminator is not designed (nor have I heard of anyone succeeding) in running it on Mac OS X or Windows. There is some name confusion with another project out there called Terminator. Perhaps you are referring to or confusing with the other one.

    2. Possibly another confusion with the other project, there is no Java in Terminator. It is pure Python. “Portal ­ written in Java.” ?!?!?

    Everything else looks correct. You don’t mention which version you used, (terminator –version) but there are continual (if slow) additions. As ever, launchpad is the best place to see the latest, or to contribute.

    • Avishek Kumar says:

      Sorry Dear Steve Boddy,
      I Really was confused with another project Terminator.
      Thanks for taking the pain to Point that out.

      Requesting Admin, to correct it.

      • suman says:

        hi Avishek kumar,
        i am sandeep suman, working in a comppany in münich , germany. now i am trying to use nagios core to monitor in passive checks. i am going to use nrds. my client computer run windows. is there any tool better than nrds for thsi purpose in nagios ???

        congrats sir, u are doing very well in this field.

        waiting for reply.
        sandeep suman

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