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gnunn1 / terminix


A tiling terminal emulator for Linux using GTK+ 3


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A tiling terminal emulator for Linux using GTK+ 3. The Terminix web site for users is available at




Terminix is a tiling terminal emulator which uses the VTE GTK+ 3 widget with the following features:

  • Layout terminals in any fashion by splitting them horizontally or vertically
  • Terminals can be re-arranged using drag and drop both within and between windows
  • Terminals can be detached into a new window via drag and drop
  • Input can be synchronized between terminals so commands typed in one terminal are replicated to the others
  • The grouping of terminals can be saved and loaded from disk
  • Terminals support custom titles
  • Color schemes are stored in files and custom color schemes can be created by simply creating a new file
  • Transparent background
  • Background images
  • Quake mode support (i.e. drop-down terminal)
  • Custom hyperlinks
  • Automatic (triggered) profile switches based on hostname and directory
  • Supports notifications when processes are completed out of view. Requires the Fedora notification patches for VTE
  • Experimental trigger support (Requires patched VTE, see wiki )
  • Experimental badge support (Requires patched VTE, see wiki

The application was written using GTK 3 and an effort was made to conform to GNOME Human Interface Guidelines (HIG). As a result, it does use CSD (i.e. the GTK HeaderBar) though it can be disabled if necessary. Other than GNOME, only Unity has been tested officially though users have had success with other desktop environments.


Terminix requires the following libraries to be installed in order to run:

  • GTK 3.14 or later
  • GTK VTE 0.42 or later
  • dconf
  • GSettings
  • Nautilus-Python (Required for Nautilus integration)


If you are having issues with Terminix, feel free to open issues here in github as necessary. Developers and users can also be found on IRC on the freenode network in the #terminix room.


Terminix is localized using Weblate, please visit the Weblate hosted Terminix translations site in order to assist with translations, please do not submit direct pull requests to this repository for translations.


Terminix is written in D and GTK 3 using the gtkd framework. This project uses dub to manage the build process including fetching the dependencies, thus there is no need to install dependencies manually. The only thing you need to install to build the application is the D tools (DMD and Phobos) along with dub itself. Note that D supports three compilers (DMD, GDC and LDC) and Terminix only supports DMD.

Once you have those installed, compiling the application is a one line command as follows:

dub build --build=release

The application depends on various resources to function correctly, run sudo ./ to build and copy all of the resources to the correct locations. Note this has only been tested on Arch Linux, use with caution.

Note there is also experimental support for autotools, please see the wiki page on autotools for more information.

Build Dependencies

Terminix depends on the following libraries as defined in dub.json:

  • gtkd >= 3.3.0
  • gdk-pixbuf-pixdata (Used when building resource file)

Install Terminix

Terminix is available as packages for a variety of distributions.

Uninstall Terminix

This method only applies if you installed Terminix manually using the install instructions. If you installed Terminix from a distribution package then use your package manager to remove terminix, do not use these instructions.

Download the script from this repository and then open a terminal (not Terminix!) in the directory where you saved it. First set the executable flag on the script:

chmod +x

and then execute it:

sudo sh