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xfce4-terminal - Terminal Emulator

Xfce Terminal is a lightweight and easy to use terminal emulator application with many advanced features including drop down, tabs, unlimited scrolling, full colors, fonts, transparent backgrounds, and more.



Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts can be configured by editing your ~/.config/xfce4/terminal/accels.scm file.

If you want to disable Alt+<N> shortcuts that switch between tabs, do not comment out or delete the corresponding entries in the “accels.scm” file. Just replace the field values with blanks: “”.

Performance Issues

Xfce Terminal is based on the VTE Terminal Widget Library, just like gnome-terminal. Vte is probably not the fastest terminal emulation library on earth, but it's one of the best when it comes to Unicode support, and not to forget, it's actively developed. That said, performance is still an important issue for a terminal emulator and Vte with font-antialiasing enabled can be very slow even on decent systems. Xfce Terminal therefore offers a possibility to explicitly disable anti-aliasing for the terminal font. If you are experiencing problems with the terminal rendering speed, you might want to disable the anti-aliasing for the terminal font.

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Latest Release

  • xfce4-terminal 1.1.1 released (2023/10/14 13:08)
    xfce4-terminal 1.1.1 is now available for download from
    What is xfce4-terminal?
    Xfce4-terminal is a modern terminal emulator for the Unix/Linux desktop
    - primarily for the Xfce desktop environment. It is a lightweight
    emulator based on the VTE widget, easy to use and provides an optional
    drop-down window (game-console style).
    Release notes for 1.1.1
    - build: Simplify and clarify X11/Wayland distinction
    - Fix xfce_titled_dialog_create_action_area() deprecation
    - build: Define our own windowing macro instead of extending GDK's
    - wayland: Fix drop-down keep-above for non-prefs dialogs
    - wayland: Fix drop-down terminal keep-above
    - wayland: Fix window activation
    - wayland: Fix drop-down terminal positioning (Fixes #141)
    - wayland: Fix new window size
    - Replace XDT_CHECK_LIBX11 and use HAVE_LIBX11 when appropriate
    - Use the same windowing environment test everywhere
    - Fix build when X11 is disabled
    - drop-down: Make settings easier to understand
    - drop-down: Fix allocation warnings
    - Apply 7 suggestion(s) to 2 file(s)
    - Save and restore terminal window workspace in X11 session
    - doc: Remove reference to terminalrc
    - app: Put GtkSettings:gtk-menu-bar-accel overwrite back in place
    - Translation Updates:
      Albanian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan),
      Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (United Kingdom), Estonian, French,
      German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean,
      Lithuanian, Norwegian Bokmål, Persian (Iran), Polish, Portuguese,
      Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish,
      Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

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