Tilix – A New GTK 3 Tiling Terminal Emulator for Linux

There are multiple terminal emulators you can find on the Linux platform today, with each of them offering users some remarkable features. But sometimes, we find it difficult to choose which terminal emulator to work with, depending on our preferences. In this overview, we shall cover one exciting terminal emulator for Linux called Tilix.

Tilix (previously called Terminix – name changed due to a trademark issue) is a tiling terminal emulator that uses GTK+ 3 widget called VTE (Virtual Terminal Emulator). It is developed using GTK 3 with the aims of conforming to GNOME HIG (Human Interface Guidelines).

Additionally, this application has been tested on GNOME and Unity desktops, although users have also tested it successfully on various other Linux desktops environments.

Just like the rest of Linux terminal emulators, Tilix comes with some illustrious features and these include:

  1. Enables users to layout terminals in any style by splitting them vertically or horizontally
  2. Supports drag and drop functionality to re-arrange terminals
  3. Supports detaching of terminals from windows using drag and drop
  4. Supports input synchronization between terminals, therefore commands typed in one terminal can be reproduced in another
  5. Terminal grouping can be saved and loaded from disk
  6. Supports transparent backgrounds
  7. Allows the use of background images
  8. Supports automatic profile switches based on hostname and directory
  9. Also supports notification for out of view process completion
  10. Color schemes stored in files and new files can be created for custom color schemes

How to Install Tilix on Linux Systems

Let us now uncover the steps you can follow to install Tilix on the various Linux distributions, but before we move any further, we have to list the various requirements for Tilix to work on Linux.


To work very well, the application requires the following libraries:

  1. GTK 3.18 and above
  2. GTK VTE 0.42 and above
  3. Dconf
  4. GSettings
  5. Nautilus-Python for Nautilus integration

If you have all the above requirements on your system, then proceed to install Tilix as follows.

On RHEL/CentOS and Fedora

First, you need to add the package repository by creating a file /etc/yum.repos.d/tilix.repo using your favorite text editor as follows.

# vi /etc/yum.repos.d/tilix.repo

Then copy and paste the text below into the file above:

name=Copr repo for Tilix owned by ivoarch

Save the file and exit.

Then update your system and install Tilix as shown:

---------------- On RHEL/CentOS 6/7 ---------------- 
# yum update
# yum install tilix

---------------- On RHEL/CentOS 8 Fedora ---------------- 
# dnf update
# dnf install tilix

On Ubuntu and Linux Mint

There is no official package repository for Ubuntu/Linux Mint, but you can use WebUpd8 PPA to install it as shown.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/terminix
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install tilix

On Debian, tilix added to the official repository and can be installed using the command:

$ sudo apt-get install tilix

Alternatively, you can install using source code manually using the commands below:

$ wget -c https://github.com/gnunn1/tilix/releases/download/1.9.3/tilix.zip
$ sudo unzip tilix.zip -d / 
$ sudo glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/

OpenSUSE users can install tilix from the default repository and Arch Linux users can install the AUR Tilix package.

# pacman -S tilix

Tilix Screenshot Tour

Tilix with Two Horizontal Linux Terminal Windows
Tilix with Two Horizontal Linux Terminal Windows
Tilix with Two Vertical Linux Terminal Windows
Tilix with Two Vertical Linux Terminal Windows
Tilix with One Vertical and Two Horizontal Linux Terminals
Tilix with One Vertical and Two Horizontal Linux Terminals
Tilix with Multiple Linux Terminal Windows
Tilix with Multiple Linux Terminal Windows

How to Uninstall or Remove Tilix Terminal

In case you installed it manually and want to remove it, then you can follow the steps below to uninstall it. Download the uninstall.sh from Github repository, make it executable and then run it:

$ wget -c https://github.com/gnunn1/tilix/blob/master/uninstall.sh
$ chmod +x uninstall.sh
$ sudo sh uninstall.sh

But if you installed it using a package manager, then you can use the package manager to uninstall it.

Visit the Tilix Github repository

In this overview, we have looked at an important Linux terminal emulator that is just an alternative to the multiple terminal emulators out there. Having installed it you can try out the different features and also compare it with the rest that you have probably used.

Importantly, for any questions or extra information that you have about Tilix, please use the comment section below, and do not forget to also give us feedback about your experience with it.

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10 thoughts on “Tilix – A New GTK 3 Tiling Terminal Emulator for Linux”

  1. I use tilix for a while and i like it! never crashed!

    My two favorite features are to increase/decrease the text font with + / -, with r, d you can create a window right or down of your window.

    To make a tiled window large without delete the others simple use x and with j you can open a new site.

    It is really a very useful terminal emulator especially you like to code, debug, make via shell.

    • @Derek

      Yes, you can change the windows title, simply go to settings menu and change it from the Name item, to set a name for the session. Secondly, they reopen with the same configuration (or at least same directory) as before, you can try that out.


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