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Developer(s)Zoin (2006–2008)
Maximus5 (2009–2017)
Initial releaseMarch 9, 2007; 16 years ago (2007-03-09)[1]
Written inC++[2]
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Available inChinese, English, German, Japan, Russian, Spanish
TypeTerminal emulator

ConEmu (short for Console emulator) is a free and open-source tabbed terminal emulator for Windows.[3][4] ConEmu presents multiple consoles and simple GUI applications as one customizable GUI window with tabs and a status bar. It also provides emulation for ANSI escape codes for color, bypassing the capabilities of the standard Windows Console Host to provide 256 and 24-bit color[discuss] in Windows.

The program has a large range of customization, including custom color palettes for the standard 16 colors, hotkeys, transparency, an auto-hideable mode (similar to the way Quake originally displayed its developer console).

Initially, the program was created as a companion to Far Manager,[4] bringing some features common for graphical file managers to this console application (thumbnails and tiles, drag and drop with other windows,[5] true color interface, and others). As of 2012, ConEmu could be used with any other Win32 console application or simple GUI tool (such as Notepad, PuTTY or DOSBox).[4][5][6][7] ConEmu doesn't provide any shell itself, but rather allows using any other shell.[4] It does provide a limited macro language,[8] to control the hosted applications startup.


  1. ^ Zoin (March 9, 2007). "ConEmu - эмулятор консоли" [ConEmu - console emulator] (in Russian).
  2. ^ "The ConEmu - Console Emulator Open Source Project on Open Hub: Languages Page". July 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Steen, Greg. "Toolbox: New Products for IT Professionals". TechNet Magazine. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d Morefield, Bill (September 20, 2012). "An Even Better Command Line with ConEmu".
  5. ^ a b Hanselman, Scott (June 11, 2012). "ConEmu - The Windows Terminal/Console/Prompt we've been waiting for?". Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  6. ^ Conn, Rex (April 8, 2012). "Windows Console Replacements, Part 6 – Take Command and ConEmu". JP Soft. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  7. ^ Williams, Mike (October 3, 2012). "Supercharge your Windows command line experience with ConEmu".
  8. ^ @ConEmuMaximus5. "ConEmu | GuiMacro - Syntax, Functions, Examples". Retrieved 2015-08-24.

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