If you’re a heavy terminal user, you probably often use multiple terminal windows or tabs at once. The Terminator terminal lets you split one window into a resizable grid of terminals. You can easily monitor all of them at once at once, prevent your screen from being clutted with terminal windows, as well as use your screen real estate more efficiently.

Terminator terminal

Terminator is easily installable from the Ubuntu 8.04 repositories:
sudo apt-get install terminator

If you are using Ubuntu 7.10, you can manually download and install the same package without any problems. Scroll down to the downloads section of the package’s page, click the all architectures link, select a mirror, download, and install the package.

[update] Newer packages for Ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04 are available from the Terminator PPA.

Start Terminator from the Applications->Accessories->Terminator menu item. You can split or close the current grid cell using the right click menu, or with the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • Ctrl-Shift-E: split vertically
  • Ctrl-Shift-O: split horizontally
  • Ctrl-Shift-N: focus to next
  • Ctrl-Shift-P: focus to previous
  • Ctrl-Shift-W: close

Terminator is very similar to GNOME Terminal, although it lacks the menu bar. However, you can still configure Terminator as it will use the same options as GNOME Terminal. One thing Terminator couldn’t handle was having a transparent background with Compiz, this caused it to use pseudo-transparency instead.


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