Classic terminals, if you must, with thoughtful UI. macOS only.
🏗 It has many features.
Little utilities that do useful things like
scp files from a remote host to your local folder.
I cannot help but feel superstitiously that a python API for a terminal is begging for security holes.
This feels like adding a web server to your pacemaker.
Anyway, it is simple and easy and works.
If you are using other systems than macos, read on.
Weird quirk 1: It does not support dragging files into the terminal, which pretty much every alternative does. qweasd1’s hyper-drop-file extension enables support.
hyper install hyper-drop-file
Weird quirk 2: Anything which looks remotely like a URL in the terminal becomes a link which the terminal will aggressively open if you click on it or even drag over it which is rather annoying and slightly dangerous.
Apparently this behaviour has become configurable now and you can put
webLinksActivationKey: ctrl in your config file to only do it on Ctrl-Click. But only for Hyperlinks 3.1.canary4 or greater, which at time of writing had not been released..
You can force alpha versions by adding
updateChannel: 'canary' to the config,
although that still does not get me access to the modern version of the terminal which eventually arrived after a few months.
VS code built-in terminal
simple terminal aims to have less lines of code than anything else and as few features as useful. It still does lots of stuff, and is tiny.
Alacritty is a GPU-accelerated terminal
editor that aims to draw text real fast, and be otherwise minimalistic
That is not my main problem with terminals, so I have not used it.
I recant. A fast simple terminal that is not quite so hardline about the simplicity as st is kind of nice. It is written in Rust which gets it some kind of hip points.
Is old and messy; let it go.
Tilix is a terminal emulator that Gnome people tend to like. It has consistent keyboard shortcuts, tiles (but tiles terminals only) and integrates into the Gnome Experience. The tiles do not spark joy for me; if I wanted to tile things I would tile more than only terminals.
Kovid Goyal made a terminal with C inner loops and python UI extensibility called kitty. It’s not famous, but probably worth checking since Kovid is a powerhouse of feature-packed development. In fact I have a vague sense that it has too many features, because that would be on-brand for Kovid. macOS/Unices.
terminator seems to be an acceptable default option for a pure native GNOME app without many frills.
terminus supports some HTML graphics, and appears to work-ish.
Designerly graphics-friendly terminal aims to reinvent terminal protocols! Has a vision statement! However it’s dead in the water.
Some cool features
- Smart token-based input with inline autocomplete and automatic escaping
- Rich output for common tasks and formats, using MIME types + sniffing
- Asynchronous views for background / parallel tasks
- Full separation between front/back-end
TermKit is not a…
- …Web application. It runs as a regular desktop app.
- …Scripting language like PowerShell or bash. It focuses on executing commands only.
- …Full terminal emulator. It does not aim to e.g. host ‘vim’.
- …Reimplementation of the Unix toolchain. It replaces and/or enhances built-in commands and wraps external tools.