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Terminator (aka GNOME Terminator) is a python-based terminal emulator allowing multiple terminals in the same window.

Not to be confused with the other terminal emulator of the same name.


USE flags

USE flags for x11-terms/terminator Multiple GNOME terminals in one window

test Enable dependencies and/or preparations necessary to run tests (usually controlled by FEATURES=test but can be toggled independently)
verify-sig Verify upstream signatures on distfiles


root #emerge --ask x11-terms/terminator



Terminator will generally be launched from an on-screen menu, or keyboard shortcut, in a user's graphical environment.

Terminator may, if needed, be launched from a shell under X11.

user $terminator --help
Usage: terminator [options]

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -v, --version         Display program version
  -m, --maximise        Maximise the window
  -M, --maximize        Maximise the window
  -f, --fullscreen      Make the window fill the screen
  -b, --borderless      Disable window borders
  -H, --hidden          Hide the window at startup
                        Specify a title for the window
  --geometry=GEOMETRY   Set the preferred size and position of the window(see
                        X man page)
  -e COMMAND, --command=COMMAND
                        Specify a command to execute inside the terminal
  -g CONFIG, --config=CONFIG
                        Specify a config file
  -j CONFIGJSON, --config-json=CONFIGJSON
                        Specify a partial config json file
  -x, --execute         Use the rest of the command line as a command to
                        execute inside the terminal, and its arguments
                        Set the working directory
                        Set a custom icon for the window (by file or name)
  -r ROLE, --role=ROLE  Set a custom WM_WINDOW_ROLE property on the window
  -l LAYOUT, --layout=LAYOUT
                        Launch with the given layout
  -s, --select-layout   Select a layout from a list
  -p PROFILE, --profile=PROFILE
                        Use a different profile as the default
  -u, --no-dbus         Disable DBus
  -d, --debug           Enable debugging information (twice for debug server)
                        Comma separated list of classes to limit debugging to
                        Comma separated list of methods to limit debugging to
  --new-tab             If Terminator is already running, just open a new tab
  --unhide              If Terminator is already running, just unhide all
                        hidden windows