Terminal (OS X)
Terminal 2.2 running the top program under Mac OS
|Stable release||2.4 (326)|
|Operating system||OS X|
|License||Bundled with OS X|
As a terminal emulator, the application provides text-based access to the operating system, in contrast to the mostly graphical nature of the user experience of OS X, by providing a command line interface to the operating system when used in conjunction with a Unix shell, such as bash.
The preferences dialog for Terminal.app in OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) offers choices for values of the TERM environment variable. Available options are ansi, dtterm, nsterm, rxvt, vt52, vt100, vt102, xterm, xterm-16color and xterm-256color, which differ from the OS X 10.5 (Leopard) choices by dropping the xterm-color and adding xterm-16color and xterm-256color. These settings do not alter the operation of Terminal, and the xterm settings do not match the behavior of xterm.
Terminal.app features include tabs and customization of fonts and colors.
The defaults command is often used to set hidden settings via the shell and is only found in Nextstep-derived systems like OS X.
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- "nsterm - AppKit Terminal.app". terminfo.src. Retrieved June 7, 2013.