Here are some of its features listed below:
- Offloads rendering to the GPU for lower system load and buttery smooth scrolling. Uses threaded rendering to minimize input latency.
- Supports all modern terminal features: graphics (images), unicode, true-color, OpenType ligatures, mouse protocol, hyperlinks, focus tracking, bracketed paste, and several new terminal protocol extensions.
- Supports tiling multiple terminal windows side by side in different layouts without needing to use an extra program like tmux
- Can be controlled from scripts or the shell prompt, even over SSH.
- Has a framework for Kittens, small terminal programs that can be used to extend kitty’s functionality. For example, they are used for Unicode input, Hints and Side-by-side diff.
- Supports startup sessions which allow you to specify the window/tab layout, working directories and programs to run on startup.
- Cross-platform: kitty works on Linux and macOS, but because it uses only OpenGL for rendering, it should be trivial to port to other Unix-like platforms.
- Allows you to open the scroll back buffer in a separate window using arbitrary programs of your choice. This is useful for browsing the history comfortably in a pager or editor.
- Has multiple copy/paste buffers, like vim.
Installing Kitty on Ubuntu.
sudo apt install kitty
You can learn more about this package by running
apt info kitty
Package: kitty Version: 0.15.0-1build1 Priority: optional Section: universe/x11 Origin: Ubuntu Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <firstname.lastname@example.org> Original-Maintainer: James McCoy <email@example.com> Bugs: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+filebug Installed-Size: 6753 kB Provides: x-terminal-emulator Depends: kitty-terminfo, python3 (<< 3.9), python3 (>= 3.8~), python3.8, python3:any, libc6 (>= 2.28), libdbus-1-3 (>= 1.9.14), libfontconfig1 (>= 2.12.6), libfreetype6 (>= 2.6), libharfbuzz0b (>= 1.6.0), libpng16-16 (>= 1.6.2-1), libpython3.8 (>= 3.8.0~a1), libwayland-client0 (>= 1.9.91), libx11-6 (>= 2:220.127.116.111), libx11-xcb1, libxkbcommon-x11-0 (>= 0.5.0), libxkbcommon0 (>= 0.5.0), zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.4) Recommends: kitty-doc, libcanberra0 Suggests: imagemagick Homepage: https://sw.kovidgoyal.net/kitty/ Download-Size: 1116 kB APT-Sources: http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal/universe amd64 Packages Description: fast, featureful, GPU based terminal emulator Kitty supports modern terminal features like: graphics, unicode, true-color, OpenType ligatures, mouse protocol, focus tracking, and bracketed paste. . Kitty has a framework for "kittens", small terminal programs that can be used to extend its functionality.
That’s it folks, now you have Kitty a GPU based Terminal installed on your system.
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