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sakura - Man Page

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

-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 configuration 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


show_tab_bar=[always | multiple | never]

This list of options is currently incomplete.

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:


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
    Ctrl + Left cursor               -> Previous tab
    Ctrl + Right cursor              -> Next tab
    Ctrl + [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.

Referenced By


2024-01-27 3.8.7