sakura man page

sakura — A simple but powerful libvte-based terminal emulator.


sakura [options...]


sakura is a terminal emulator based on GTK+ and VTE. It's a terminal emulator with few dependencies, so you don't need a full GNOME desktop installed to have a decent terminal emulator.

Help Options

-?, --help
Show help options.
Show all help options
Show GTK+ Options

Application Options

-v, --version
Print version number
-f, --font
Select initial terminal font
-n, --ntabs
Select initial number of tabs
-x, --execute
Execute command
-e, --xterm-execute
Execute command (compatible with xterm's -e option)
-l, --login
Login shell
-t, --title
Set window title
-c, --columns
Set columns number
-r, --rows
Set rows number
-h, --hold
Hold window after execute command
-d, --working-directory
Set working directory
-m, --maximize
Maximize window
-s, --fullscreen
Fullscreen mode
X display to use
Use alternate configurtation file. Path is relative to the sakura config dir. (Example: ~/.config/sakura/FILENAME).

Gtk+ Options

Program class as used by the window manager
Program name as used by the window manager
X screen to use
Make X calls synchronous
Load additional GTK+ modules
Make all warnings fatal

Keybindings Support

sakura supports keyboard bindings. They are configurable by setting the following properties in your sakura config file (~/.config/sakura/sakura.conf).


Accelerators can be set to any mask value from the GdkModifierType in gdktypes.h; see:


or, on your own system:


Mask values can be combined by ORing them.

For example, to set the delete tab accelerator to Ctrl + Shift:


because GDK_SHIFT_MASK has a value of 1 (1 << 0), and GDK_CONTROL_MASK has a value of 4 (1 << 2); ORing them together, you get 5.

I realise that this configuration is not so friendly to non-programmers, but it is a start. :)


For example, to set the add tab key to 'T':


Before sakura used keycodes instead of strings. They're still valid.


Ctrl + Shift + T                 -> New tab
Ctrl + Shift + W                 -> Close current tab
Ctrl + Shift + C                 -> Copy selected text
Ctrl + Shift + V                 -> Paste selected text
Alt  + Left cursor               -> Previous tab
Alt  + Right cursor              -> Next tab
Alt  + [1-9]                     -> Switch to tab N (1-9)
Ctrl + Shift + S                 -> Toggle scrollbar
Ctrl + Shift + Mouse left button -> Open link
F11                              -> Fullscreen
Shift + PageUp                   -> Move up through scrollback by page
Shift + PageDown                 -> Move down through scrollback by page
Ctrl + Shift + Up                -> Move up through scrollback by line
Ctrl + Shift + Down              -> Move down through scrollback by line

You can also increase and decrease the font size in the GTK+ standard way (not configurable):

Ctrl + '+'                       -> Increase font size
Ctrl + '-'                       -> Decrease font size


sakura is hosted on Launchpad. Bugs can be filed at:



sakura was written by David Gómez <david@pleyades.net>.

This manual page was written by Andrew Starr-Bochicchio <a.starr.b@gmail.com>.

Both are released under the GNU General Public License, version 2 or later.


3.2.0 2014-12-10