I am looking for a gratis Windows command prompt program, which will drop down and slide back out of the way on a hotkey.

Nice to have features are command history search and tabbed, multiple consoles.

Does anyone have experience of a few, rather than just Googling? Is there anything with even more features that the few which I have asked for?


Even better than Qonsole, there is the wonderful Windows terminal emulator ConEmu (instead of cmd, console2 etc.) which has native support for Quake-style dropdown terminal. I am using it as we speak.

See here for a nice Windows terminal emulator shootout:


  • I hav ejust started using ConEmu, which I remember having used and liked, but lost track of after a reinstall, several years ago. Subjecttively, it seems slow, but maybe I have not yet configured it correctly. Jan 24 '17 at 16:41

I've heard about Qonsole and it may be exactly what you're looking for. It's a Quake-like Console Emulator written in AutoHotkey.

Qonsole (open source)


  • Custom hotkey
  • Slide up & down animation
  • Enable Ctrl+v Console pasting
  • Transparency options
  • Configurable with cmd & console2
  • Background screen dimmer
  • Internal Update check, (automatic, 5 min after start up)
  • Optionally Run Qonsole when Windows Starts
  • More...

Qonsole screenshot

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    I Googled & found a bunch, some of which have command history search and tabbed, multiple consoles, unlike this one, apparently. I had really hoped that someone would have experience of one/some, to sae me from having to download, install & try them all out. Oct 5 '16 at 8:17

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