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Tuesday, 2024-06-18

About Terminal


Terminal is a modern terminal emulator for the Unix/Linux desktop - primarily for the Xfce desktop environment. We developed it, because we saw the need for a lightweight and easy to use terminal emulator in the Xfce desktop environment that does not require the user to install the GNOME platform first, but provides a worthy alternative to the GNOME terminal emulator.

The user manual provides further details about Terminal, it is also available online.

System requirements

Terminal runs under any Unix-like system. It has been successfully tested under several GNU/Linux distributions, so far including Debian GNU/Linux, Lunar Linux, Gentoo Linux and FreeBSD.

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Stable releases

Source tarballs and binary packages of stable releases are available from the download locations listed below.

Source tarballs:

Binary packages:


In addition, a Gentoo ebuild is available for Terminal; Lunar Linux users may install it from the package database.


If you want to install Terminal from source, you can either go through the steps of compiling and installing Terminal yourself, or use our popular installer. In either case, the following software is required on your computer in order to successfully compile and install Terminal:

Also make sure that you install the header files for the packages listed above. If you are using a package system like RPM, these are usually found in the -devel variants of the packages.

Installing from source

It is highly recommended to install terminal into the same prefix as Xfce. Assuming you installed Xfce to /usr/local, you would perform the following steps to compile and install Terminal:

# export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig
# tar xzf Terminal-X.Y.Z.tar.gz
# cd Terminal-X.Y.Z
# ./configure --prefix=/usr/local
# make
# make install

If everything went ok, you can now start Terminal with the following command:

$ Terminal