Install the coolest Ubuntu terminal software – Guake

If you want to have a really cool and highly customizable terminal installed in your Ubuntu distribution, look no further than Guake!  Guake was inspired by the console pop up behavior of popular old school LAN games like Quake which has the console feature that pops down.  Simply by selecting the terminal from your application menu or by hitting the F12 key, you can bring up the Guake terminal.


Simply install Guake by using the command below for Ubuntu:

apt-get install guake

If you have need to install in other distributions, simply visit the official site linked above to find the commands you will need to run in your distro.


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There are tons of preferences that can be configured easily with Guake for the appearance and behavior.  These can be found in the “Guake Preferences” applet that is installed along with Guake.  There are many options.  I love being able to easily setup the color scheme.   Believe it or not, in some terminal applications, this is very difficult to do!


Appearance settings



Adding Guake to your startup applications.  See the command you enter below:


Final Thoughts

Guake is a great terminal program for Ubuntu and other Linux distros.  It gives a really great look and feel to being able to use the terminal in Linux with the simple touch of a key – F12 or click of the mouse in the application bar.  You really feel like Guake is there and ready to use instantly and you don’t have to find a shortcut or type in a command to bring it up.  It is always there.  Plus if you are a gamer you will definitely love the console feel to this terminal app as you will be right at home with its operation.  So if you are using something else and looking for a great terminal app, this is the one.


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Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is the Senior Writer, Engineer and owner at and has over two decades of experience in Information Technology. Having worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as in various industries, Brandon has extensive experience in various IT segments and is a strong advocate for open source technologies. Brandon holds many industry certifications, loves the outdoors and spending time with family.

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