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How to Install Guake Terminal on Raspberry Pi OS

Mostly Raspberry Pi OS users use commands in the terminal to complete all of their tasks, whether they are related to security issues or installing specific software for their operating system. The users can also use the terminal to troubleshoot various operating system issues, which are slowing down their system’s performance. So, it is fair to say that the terminal is the backbone of the Raspberry Pi OS, and no one can think of installing any software or packages without using the services of the terminal.

A good terminal is what everyone needs nowadays and Guake Terminal is the one which everyone loves to have on their Raspberry Pi OS. Guake Terminal is essentially a more powerful terminal for Linux users that is specifically designed for the GNOME desktop environment. It provides you a more user friendly environment with an easy access option directly from your desktop and includes more than 130 colors options to provide an elegant look to your terminal. Moreover, you can auto configure the Guake Terminal which allows it to start at your desktop screen at login.

If you are a true command lover and work on the Raspberry Pi OS, you should definitely try Guake Terminal as well and the good news is its repository has already been added to Raspberry Pi. If you want to install it, you first need to ensure that you have a Raspberry Pi OS and have enough space on the OS.

How to install Guake Terminal on Raspberry Pi OS

To make sure that your experience with the Guake Terminal on your Raspberry Pi OS goes well, you will need to go step by step in order to successfully install Guake Terminal on Raspberry Pi OS.

Here are the few steps which are necessary for the installation of Guake Terminal on Raspberry Pi OS. You need to be careful in installing each step so that your Guake Terminal must be successfully installed on your Raspberry Pi OS. So, let’s start discussing each step and start installing Guake Terminal.

Step 1: In order to begin the installation of Guake Terminal, you will first need to open your Raspberry Pi terminal.

Step 2: After opening the terminal, you need to update the system’s repository that will ensure that all repositories are successfully installed. The repository is updated through the given command-line.

$ sudo apt-get update

Step 3: Now you have installed the required updates successfully it’s now time to install Guake on Raspberry Pi using the below given command.

$ sudo apt-get install guake

Step 4: Now if you want to start Guake terminal every time whenever your system reboots, you need to add the below mentioned command-line in the terminal.

$ sudo cp /usr/share/applications/guake.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart

Step 5: After successfully completing the above Steps 1-4, you are now required to reboot your system so that when it restarts, you will see the Guake terminal icon on your start-up screen. In order for you to reboot your device, enter the “reboot” command in the terminal.

Step 6: Now in the above step, you will see the Guake terminal icon on the screen so click on it to open it on the desktop.

Step 7: You can also open Guake Terminal from the main menu option of the Raspberry Pi. Go to the menu option and in the system tools, you will see Guake terminal installed so you can run it by clicking on it. 

Step 8: If you want to check the version of Guake installed on your Raspberry Pi, you can enter the command in the terminal given below to check your Guake version.

$ guake --version

Step 9: For help, you can use the below command in the Guake terminal.

$ guake --help

Step 10: If you are interested in viewing the preference of Guake terminal, use the command “guake -p” in the terminal to have it.

$ guake -p

In the Guake Preferences, you can easily set the tabs option, windows opening, appearance and other options as well. There are different themes options available so you can select any theme which you like and give your terminal a better look. Furthermore, you can find different keyboard shortcuts that will ease the working of your mouse.

Step 11: If you want to remove Guake Terminal from your Raspberry Pi OS, you can do it easily by just entering the command given below in the Guake Terminal. The command will remove the Guake Terminal from Raspberry Pi OS.

$ sudo apt-get remove guake


A default terminal of Raspberry Pi is a good choice, however people need a good-looking environment where they can start doing their work. If you really want to experience a more elegant looking terminal for your Raspberry Pi then you should install Guake Terminal. It has all the features which you can expect from a terminal. You can enjoy its other preferences and styles, and you can select any among them which best fits you.

About the author

Awais Khan

I'm an Engineer and an academic researcher by profession. My interest for Raspberry Pi, embedded systems and blogging has brought me here to share my knowledge with others.