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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 1.1.0 released (2023/08/22 11:32)
    xfce4-terminal 1.1.0 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 1.1.0
    - Update copyright year
    - Allow passing arguments to custom commands
    - Fully translate strings in unsafe paste dialog
    - window: Properly sync always-show-tabs
    - cleanup: Include gdkx.h in one place
    - preferences: Remove unused class member
    - preferences: Check if channel itself exists instead of check property
    - screen: Review image loader memory management
    - image-loader: Review cache management
    - Add keywords to .desktop files (Fixes #50)
    - screen: Take window scaling into account when drawing (Fixes #71)
    - Remove obsolete GNOME default-app file (Fixes #109)
    - Add "Open File Manager Here" action (Fixes #133)
    - Properly manage default encoding (Fixes #128)
    - Move general include in private.h
    - dropdown: Disable systray icon on Wayland
    - Fix startup with GDK_BACKEND=x11 (Fixes #177)
    - shortcuts: Restore broken action toggle-menubar
    - shortcuts: Fix non-consumed key event for show-menubar
    - main: Allow GTK to parse its options first (Fixes #216)
    - search: Add missing sanity check
    - Use GLib logging functions and do not translate warnings
    - Fix typo
    - Remove obsolete CHECK_VERSION()
    - Use g_new() instead of malloc()
    - Fix Xfconf memory management
    - search-dialog: Fix memory leak
    - Remove extra separator at the end of context menu
    - Missing shortcut keys in the standalone preferences dialog (Issue 
    - Apply 1 suggestion(s) to 1 file(s)
    - Enable kinetic scrolling in VteTerminal
    - Extend --disable-server description wrt. process model
    - End all full sentences with a period
    - Drop obsolete --disable-server translations
    - prefs-dialog: Fix untranslated strings
    - Add sixel support
    - Add icons at missing sizes, clean up SVG metadata
    - build: Fix autoconf warnings
    - build: Add GLib requirement
    - Add accel entries for scrolling pages (Issue #221)
    - Remove documentation for dead anti-aliasing option
    - Make strings translatable (Issue #222)
    - Fix shortcuts-editor include
    - Indentation
    - Support hyperlinks (Issue #21)
    - fix typo
    - Fix argument type for xfce_shortcuts_editor_new
    - fix background_notify
    - fixed typo
    - Remove disable-help preference.
    - MR: !51 transitioned to Xfconf (#134)
    - typos in MR !48 fixed
    - Remove all references to terminal-preferences.glade
    - Remove one more mention of terminal-preferences.glade
    - Remove trailing slash
    - Remove terminal-preferences-ui.h from makefile
    - Remove terminal-preferences.glade
    - MR: !48 shortcuts editor embedded into preferences-dialog (#195)
    - MR: !48 preferences-dialog rewritten in C (#195)
    - MR: !46 Change in implementation for TAB accels (#150)
    - Implementation of MiscShiftArrowsToScroll as accelerators.
    - Add PCRE2 build dependency
    - Remove libxfce4ui 4.17 version guards
    - Replace with xfce_gtk_menu_append_separator
    - Tweak toolbar
    - Translation Updates:
      , Albanian, Arabic, Armenian (Armenia), Basque, Belarusian,
      Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian,
      Czech, Danish, Dutch, Eastern Armenian, English (Australia), English
      (United Kingdom), Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek,
      Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Interlingue, Italian,
      Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål,
      Occitan (post 1500), Persian (Iran), Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese
      (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish,
      Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

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