I'm Ubuntu user and now I'm using standard GNOME Terminal. Sometimes I'm configuring servers and I need to focus on several terminal windows. With GNOME Terminal I have to do switch between tabs all time, this isn't comfortable.

What terminal have tiling mode? I mean ability to split one terminal window to several (see screenshot) enter image description here

(This is i3 tile manager, but I need just terminal emulator, not window manager)

  • You're looking for split screen feature. I've used Deepin Terminal (in Deepin Linux, a variant of Ubuntu) and it meets the criteria here. IDK which Ubuntu version you're running so you might need to search on Google.
    – Firelord
    Commented May 24, 2015 at 9:01
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    I'm currently using Konsole which also has split-screen feature. Konsole is part of KDE so you might need to install core libraries or something to get it work. Things are usually straightforward for installing in Ubuntu.
    – Firelord
    Commented May 24, 2015 at 9:05

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Terminator is your answer here :) https://terminator-gtk3.readthedocs.io/en/latest/index.html (source code at https://github.com/gnome-terminator/terminator)

You just right click or use the menu bar to create a near-infinite number of split-screens. It's normally in the repos, so can be installed via sudo aptitude install terminator on Ubuntu/Debian or sudo dnf install terminator on Fedora/CentOS.


All terminals have the ability to split the screen into tiles. You just have to run screen or tmux.

In Screen, press C-a S (that's a capital S) to split the screen into regions. The second region is created below the current one. A popular patch (not available in the antique official release, but included in many distributions and in the source repository) allows a vertical split with C-a |. To run a command in the new region, create a new window with C-a c. Use C-a TAB to cycle between regions.

In Tmux, use C-b " to split the current pane into two horizontally, or C-b % for a vertical split. A shell is automatically started in the new pane. Use C-b ARROW_KEY to navigate between panes.

  • tmux is the way to go. You don't have to get used to a new terminal program - it even works on tty screens (Ctrl Alt #) - it is modern, supported by all major distros and simple to use. Commented May 26, 2015 at 4:36
  • Downside of tmux or screen is mouse don't working :C
    – gephaest
    Commented May 26, 2015 at 19:14
  • @gephaest Yes they do. If you want mouse clicks to change panes: screen: defmousetrack on; tmux: setw -g mode-mouse on. If you want mouse events to go to the application, all you need is to convince it that the terminal supports mouse events (which is not the case for screen by default). If you need help with that, ask on Unix & Linux. Commented May 26, 2015 at 21:10

Probably you've already found your answer, if not have a look at Tilix, an amazing terminal app with both tiling and tabs combined: https://github.com/gnunn1/tilix

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