Terminology terminal in Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10

TERMINOLOGY – this new and recently discovered and already becomes my favourite Linuxterminal. It is completely different terminal with fancy features 🙂 . This terminal emulator is based on Enlightenment libraries and it is better if you install it via the  repository. It is quite rich on functionality and features that you wont find in other Terminal emulators in Linux.

Just some of the highlights:

  • Most escapes supported by xterm, rxvt etc. work
  • Xterm 256 color escapes work
  • Backgrounds (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
  • Color palette selection
  • More…
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:enlightenment-git/ppa
sudo add-get update
sudo apt-get install terminology

Other two emulators I like are Terminator and Deepin.

# Install Deepin Terminal
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/deepin-sc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install deepin-terminal<
# Install Terminator Terminal
sudo apt-get install terminator

Lets get back to Terminology terminal – here is another repository in case the first one does not work

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hannes-janetzek/enlightenment-svn
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install terminology

I think this video will explain everything for you about this terminal:

Here is quick How to and few commands:

1. To set a background image use “tybg image.jpg” (where “image.jpg” is the image you want to use). The background can be a jpg, png and you can even use animated backgrounds, such as videos for instance. To reset the background, use: tybg “”
2. To get a list of files with thumbnails, use “tyls -m“. Please note that in my test under Ubuntu, the thumbnails only showed up for some image files, probably because of some missing dependency. Clicking on the thumbnail opens the Terminology external file previewer.
3. To preview a file, besides clicking on the thumbnail as stated above, you can also use “find /path/to/some/folder“, etc., for example “find ~/Videos“, and then click on the file – the full path is required so this won’t work for “ls” for instance. You can also use “typop file”.
You can also preview a file in the terminal by using “tycat file”.
4. To switch between tabs, use Ctrl + PageUp / PageDown. These keyboard shortcuts are hardcoded for now so you can’t change them.
Enjoy ! I am sure you will like this terminal as well — at least for a while – it is refreshing change 🙂

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