Kitty is a free and open-source feature rich GPU based terminal emulator developed by Kovid Goyal, the project is being actively maintained with over 130+ contributors.
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
That’s it folks, now you have Kitty a GPU based Terminal installed on your system.
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