Guake is a drop-down terminal for GNOME Desktop Environment. Like similar terminals, it is invoked with a single keystroke, and hidden by pressing the same keystroke again. Its design was inspired from consoles in computer games such as Quake which slide down from the top of the screen when a key is pressed and slide back up when the key is pressed again. Guake follows the same line of Yakuake and Tilda, but it is an attempt to meld the best of them into a single GTK-based application. Guake is faster than launching a new terminal with a keyboard shortcut because the program is already loaded into memory, and so can be useful to people who frequently find themselves opening and closing terminals for odd tasks.

Guake has been written from scratch. You can find its GitHub repository here. Guake give you a lot of control with it’s easy to use preference manager guake preference. It lets you choose shell too, this can be help full if you are planning to use zsh for Guake and bash for Gnome terminal


sudo apt-get updateCode language: JavaScript (javascript)

Now we can install Guake.

sudo apt-get install guakeCode language: JavaScript (javascript)

You can add Guake to startup, and launch Guake using
F12 keystroke.

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Darryl Dias

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