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Open Multiple Terminals in Single Window using Terminator

While programming I have often found myself switching between terminals, debugging and compiling program in one terminal , looking up man pages in other and modifying source code in the other. I have always wished somehow I could avoid this nuisance of switching and juggling between terminals . Terminator is an application that might just solve this problem.

Terminator allows you to open multiple terminal in a single window , each of these terminals are independent of other, and one can easily switch between these terminals by clicking on the terminal you want to use.

Terminator does not come pre-installed on Ubuntu, but is available in the repositories and can be easily installed by issuing the following command in the terminal window :
sudo apt-get install terminator

Once, Terminator is installed you can launch it from (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminator)

When you first launch Terminator , it looks like your normal Terminal window(by normal I mean without multiple terminals ). However , you can easily split this window into multiple terminals by either right clicking in the Terminator console and selecting one of the Split options or using the following shortcuts :
  • Ctrl-Shift-O: split horizontally.
  • Ctrl-Shift-E: split vertically.
  • Ctrl-Shift-Q: exit terminator.
Multiple Terminals in a Single Terminator Window

Terminator is an extremely useful application especially for programmers , or people who like typing in commands , using terminal and shell instead of using GUI.

Article Written by : Ambuj Varshney (
For Linux on Desktop Blog ,
(C) 2009 , Ambuj Varshney


  1. Anonymous4:16 AM

    Awesome! I was looking for something like this.

  2. Anonymous5:46 PM

    why not use screen ?

  3. Two Reasons , First of all a lot of people might not know Screen command and other Terminator is bit more n00b friendly compared to Screen. Though , Screen is good!

  4. Screen = good for my linux server
    Terminator = good for my linux desktop

    'nuff said.

  5. why not use a tabbed interface ? gnome-terminal allows tabs ... i open a single terminal and do all my other work by opening tabs ..cycling between tabs is easy too Control+PgUp or Control+PgDn

  6. It would be better if Gnome could tile ANY window...


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