terminator man page
Terminator — Multiple GNOME terminals in one window
This manual page documents Terminator, a terminal emulator application.
Terminator is a program that allows users to set up flexible arrangements of GNOME terminals. It is aimed at those who normally arrange lots of terminals near each other, but don't want to use a frame based window manager.
This program follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options is included below.
- -h, --help
Show summary of options
- -v, --version
Show the version of the Terminator installation
- -m, --maximise
Start with a maximised window
- -f, --fullscreen
Start with a fullscreen window
- -b, --borderless
Instruct the window manager not to render borders/decoration on the Terminator window (this works well with -m)
- -H, --hidden
Hide the Terminator window by default. Its visibility can be toggled with the hide_window keyboard shortcut (Ctrl-Shift-Alt-a by default)
- -T, --title
Force the Terminator window to use a specific name rather than updating it dynamically based on the wishes of the child shell.
Specifies the preferred size and position of Terminator's window; see X(7).
- -e, --command=COMMAND
Runs the specified command instead of your default shell or profile specified command. Note: if Terminator is launched as x-terminal-emulator -e behaves like -x, and the longform becomes --execute2=COMMAND
- -x, --execute COMMAND [ARGS]
Runs the rest of the command line instead of your default shell or profile specified command.
Set the terminal's working directory
- -g, --config FILE
Use the specified FILE for configuration
- -r, --role=ROLE
Set a custom WM_WINDOW_ROLE property on the window
- -c, --classname=CLASSNAME
Set a custom name (WM_CLASS) property on the window
- -l, --layout=LAYOUT
Start Terminator with a specific layout. The argument here is the name of a saved layout.
- -s, --select-layout=LAYOUT
Open the layout launcher window instead of the normal terminal.
- -p, --profile=PROFILE
Use a different profile as the default
- -i, --icon=FORCEDICON
Set a custom icon for the window (by file or name)
- -u, --no-dbus
- -d, --debug
Enable debugging output (please use this when reporting bugs). This can be specified twice to enable a built-in python debugging server.
If this is specified as a comma separated list, debugging output will only be printed from the specified classes.
If this is specified as a comma separated list, debugging output will only be printed from the specified functions. If this is specified in addition to --debug-classes, only the intersection of the two lists will be displayed
If this is specified and Terminator is already running, DBus will be used to spawn a new tab in the first Terminator window.
The following default keybindings can be used to control Terminator:
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Creation & Destruction
The following items relate to creating and destroying terminals.
Split terminals Horizontally.
Split terminals Vertically.
Open new tab.
Open a new window. (Note: Unlike in previous releases, this window is part of the same Terminator process.)
Spawn a new Terminator process.
Open layout launcher.
Close the current terminal.
Close the current window.
The following items relate to arranging and resizing terminals.
Move parent dragbar Right.
Move parent dragbar Left.
Move parent dragbar Up.
Move parent dragbar Down.
Rotate terminals clockwise.
Rotate terminals counter-clockwise.
Drag and Drop
The layout can be modified by moving terminals with Drag and Drop. To start dragging a terminal, click and hold on its titlebar. Alternatively, hold down Ctrl, click and hold the right mouse button. Then, **Release Ctrl**. You can now drag the terminal to the point in the layout you would like it to be. The zone where the terminal would be inserted will be highlighted.
Swap tab position with next Tab.
Swap tab position with previous Tab.
The following items relate to miscellaneous terminal related functions.
Copy selected text to clipboard.
Paste clipboard text.
Search within terminal scrollback.
Reset terminal state.
Reset terminal state and clear window.
- Ctrl+Plus (+)
Increase font size. Note: This may require you to press shift, depending on your keyboard.
- Ctrl+Minus (-)
Decrease font size. Note: This may require you to press shift, depending on your keyboard.
- Ctrl+Zero (0)
Restore font size to original setting.
Rename window title.
Rename tab title.
Rename terminal title.
Insert terminal number, i.e. 1 to 12.
Insert padded terminal number, i.e. 01 to 12.
Grouping & Broadcasting
The following items relate to helping to focus on a specific terminal.
Toggle window to fullscreen.
Toggle between showing all terminals and only showing the current one (maximise).
Toggle between showing all terminals and only showing a scaled version of the current one (zoom).
Hide the initial window. Note that this is a global binding, and can only be bound once.
The following items relate to grouping and broadcasting.
Group all terminals in the current tab so input sent to one of them, goes to all terminals in the current tab.
Remove grouping from all terminals in the current tab.
Group all terminals so that any input sent to one of them, goes to all of them.
Remove grouping from all terminals.
Broadcast to All terminals.
Broadcast to Grouped terminals.
Most of these keybindings are changeable in the Preferences.
Terminator was written by Chris Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org> and others.
This manual page was written by Chris Jones <email@example.com> and others.