Comparison of terminal emulators

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Operating systems[edit]

Name Windows DOS macOS Classic Mac OS Linux BSD Unix Cygwin[1][2]
Win32 console Yes No No No No No No No
Terminal (macOS) No No Yes No No No No No
Linux console No No No No Yes No No ?
xterm No No Yes[3] No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Terminator Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
GNOME Terminal No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Konsole No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
xfce4-terminal No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
LXTerminal No No No No Yes ? ? Yes
eterm No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
rxvt No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
rxvt-unicode No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
mrxvt No No No No Yes Yes Yes ?
aterm No No No No Yes Yes Yes ?
wterm No No No No Yes Yes Yes ?
minicom No No No No Yes Yes Yes ?
Tilda[Note 1] No No No No Yes Yes Yes ?
Yakuake[Note 1] No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Guake[Note 1] No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
iTerm2 No No Yes No No No No No
mintty No No No No No No No Yes
ConEmu Yes No No No No No No No
PuTTY Yes No No No Yes No No ?
Qodem Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
ZTerm No No Yes Yes No No No No
Red Ryder No No No Yes No No No No

Note: Virtual machines and emulations are not included. Only directly supported platforms are listed.

Capabilities[edit]

Name TERM environment variable VT52 VT100 VT220 UTF-8 CJK CTL[dubious ] 256 colors 24-bit colors OSC color palette
rxvt rxvt Yes[4] Yes No No ? No[5] Yes (with --enable-256-color[6]) ? Yes[7]
mrxvt rxvt Yes Partial[8] No No Yes ? Yes (with --enable-256-color) ? No[8]
rxvt-unicode rxvt-unicode rxvt-unicode-256color Yes[9] Yes No Yes Yes No[10] Yes (with --enable-256-color[11]) ? Yes[12]
Linux console linux No ? No Yes No ? No Yes No
xterm xterm Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No[5] Yes Yes Yes
Win32 console N/A No Yes No Yes ? ? No No No
PuTTY xterm Yes Yes No Yes Yes ? Yes ? Yes
Konsole xterm Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes[citation needed] Yes Yes ?
GNOME Terminal xterm-256color ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? Yes ?
Qodem vt52 vt100 vt102 vt220 linux xterm ansi avatar dumb Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? No ? No
minicom sh No Yes No Yes[citation needed] No ? No ? No

User interface[edit]

Name scrolling reflow on width change choose bitmap fonts choose vector fonts mouse tracking application keypad tabs
rxvt ? ? Yes No Yes Yes[13] No
mrxvt ? ? Yes No Yes Yes Yes
rxvt-unicode Yes ? Yes Yes Yes No[14] Yes
Linux console No N/A ? No Yes (with gpm or so) No No
xterm Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Win32 console Yes ? Yes ? No No No
Terminal (macOS) Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ?
PuTTY Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Konsole Yes No Yes Yes Yes ? Yes
GNOME Terminal Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes
Terminology Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? Yes
Qodem ? ? No No No Yes No
minicom ? ? No No No No No

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c This is a drop-down terminal