[Test] FinalTerm – Terminal emulator

FinalTerm is a new breed of terminal emulator and it is very fun ! Be careful because it is always in heavy development. The next picture shows you a small example of what this tool can do !

I’m sure by looking this picture you’ll all try to install this new toy.

In this document, I will explain how to install it from sources. There are easier ways to install it on ubuntu, fedora and more but if I explain how to install from sources, this article will be read by few Linux users 🙂

Install requirements

If you install it from sources, you need to install a lot of development libraries and some tools. To get all prerequisites, please execute this command on Debian based system:

sudo apt-get install libgee-dev libgee-0.8-dev libgtk-3-dev libclutter-1.0-dev libclutter-gtk-1.0-dev libmx-dev libkeybinder-3.0-dev libnotify-dev libunity-dev intltool valac git cmake

Install finalTerm

To install it, simply get the sources from GIT and execute these commands:

cd /usr/local/src
git clone https://github.com/p-e-w/finalterm.git
cd finalterm/
mkdir build
cd build/
cmake ..
sudo make install

Normally, you have finalTerm installed. To try it, simple run this command in your terminal

finalterm &

If you want more information about this project, please consult this site : https://github.com/p-e-w/finalterm

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  1. I have it installed from previously. I think I am pulling from the trusty ppa. I do not know if that gets updated automatically. It seems quite fast. What I would like is a file tree. Or even a two pane file tool. I use the Dolphin file manager because it has the file tree and a terminal on the bottom so I just click the file I want and it cd s for me. I think this could be done in text only by selecting the file. Have you seen the Hotwire shell. FinalTerm is very much the direction I would like to see terminals move. One more thing. Dropdown/hide like Guake, Tilde, Terminator or Yakuake.
    Ubuntu 14.04 Dual core 1.1 Ghz 64bit. 

  2. I think this could be even more powerful if it helped the user discover new usages at the command line. This could be done by showing part of the man pages as a suggestion. For me I have trouble understanding what is supposed to be proceeded by a hyphen or what – – means or what is supposed to go in the [ ].

    • Cyrill Gremaud

      Thanks a lot for your comment Lee Nelson. We must don’t forget that this project is always in HEAVY developement. I will follow this project and post news for majors update 🙂

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