There are currently two terminal emulators I use on my desktop(s): When I'm running KDE I'm pretty satisfied with konsole; but when I run LXDE I don't want to bring that much up just to keep running konsole, so I use lxterminal.

The thing is, I'm not very pleased with it - it's missing a bunch of features (most but not all of them being present in konsole). So, I'm thinking of switching to something else. Question is, what should it be?


  • Gratis
  • Libre license
  • Runs on Linux
  • Wide feature set (I could be more specific but I don't want to limit potential answers in the interest of other people hitting this page)
  • Relatively lightweight, marginally (that is, when you're working in LXDE rather than, say, KDE or Gnome loaded)


  • Under continued development / active maintenance
  • Large user base
  • 2
    What features do you miss in LXTerminal?
    – wb9688
    Nov 21, 2016 at 11:14

2 Answers 2


I am pretty happy with Terminator. It is written in Python and based on the GNOME terminal (and its performance should be roughly the same). The main feature is that you can create (with shortcuts) multiple terminals in one window:

Terminator Screenshot

You should be able to install it with sudo apt-get install terminator (or your equivalent).


tmux ok, technically it's not a term emulator, but it's powerfull and lightweigh, and you can run it inside the term of your choice !


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