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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 0.8.10 released (2020/12/22 22:58)
    xfce4-terminal 0.8.10 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 0.8.10
    - Bump libvte, gtk and xfce minimal versions (4.14)
    - Stop using G_SPAWN_CHILD_INHERITS_STDIN spawn flag
    - Updates README.md.
    - Added new stock icons
    - Limit font picker to fixed-size fonts
    - Add gtk-doc as a dependency
    - Do not require connection to generate manpage
    - Bug #16875: Do not add ui.h file in datadir
    - Simplify terminal manpage generation
    - Switch preferences ui file to xdt-csource
    - Switch to README.md and foreign automake mode
    - Do not override clipboard contents
    - Unsafe paste: Support bracketed paste mode
    - Do not select text in Search dialog
    - Add basic GitLab pipeline
    - Translation Updates:
      Albanian, Armenian (Armenia), Basque, Bulgarian, Chinese (China),
      Chinese (Taiwan), Danish, Dutch, Eastern Armenian, Estonian, French,
      Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Interlingue, Italian, Japanese,
      Lithuanian, Norwegian Bokmål, Occitan (post 1500), Polish,
      Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian,
      Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uyghur

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