List of terminal emulators

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This is a list of notable terminal emulators. Most used terminal emulators on Linux and Unix-like systems are GNOME Terminal on GNOME and GTK-based environments, Konsole on KDE, and xfce4-terminal on Xfce as well as xterm.

Character-oriented terminal emulators[edit]


Command-line interface[edit]

The following terminal emulators run inside of other terminals, utilizing libraries such as Curses and Termcap:

  • GNU Screen – Terminal multiplexer with VT100/ANSI terminal emulation
  • Minicom – text-based modem control and terminal emulation program for Unix-like operating systems
  • tmux – Terminal multiplexer with a feature set similar to GNU Screen


X11 and Wayland[edit]

Terminal emulators used in combination with X Window System and Wayland:

  • aterm (from rxvt 2.4.8) created for use with the AfterStep window manager (no longer maintained)
  • Eterm (from rxvt 2.21) created for use with Enlightenment
  • mrxvt (from rxvt 2.7.11) created for multiple tabs and additional features (latest version released in 2008-09-10)
  • urxvt (from rxvt 2.7.11) created to support Unicode, also known as rxvt-unicode
  • Wterm – created for NeXTSTEP style window managers such as Window Maker

Terminal emulators used on macOS

Apple Classic Mac OS[edit]

Microsoft Windows[edit]

Microsoft MS-DOS[edit]

IBM OS/2[edit]

Commodore Amiga[edit]

Commodore 64[edit]

Block-oriented terminal emulators[edit]

Emulators for block-oriented terminals, primarily IBM 3270, but also IBM 5250 and other non-IBM terminals.

Coax/Twinax connected[edit]

These terminal emulators are used to replace terminals attached to a host or terminal controller via a coaxial cable (coax) or twinaxial cabling (twinax). They require that the computer on which they run have a hardware adapter to support such an attachment.


These terminal emulators connect to a host using the tn3270 or tn5250 protocols, which run over a Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connection.

  • c3270 – IBM 3270 emulator for running inside a vt100/curses emulator for most Unix-like systems[2]
  • Eicon Aviva
  • IBM Personal Communications
  • Rocket BlueZone
  • TN3270 Plus
  • Tn5250j
  • x3270 – IBM 3270 emulator for X11 and most Unix-like systems[2]
  • ZOC

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Schroder, Carla (November 16, 2017). "5 Coolest Linux Terminal Emulators".
  2. ^ a b "x3270".

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