How To Install Terminator on Ubuntu 22.04

Anyone who uses a Linux system knows that the terminal is at the center of the Linux Ecosystem. Though you can control everything from the terminal, many emulators have been released, providing you with many extra features on top of the basic terminal. This guide will look at Terminator, one such emulator, and how you can install it on Ubuntu 22.04.

As discussed, the terminal itself is pretty powerful. However, Terminator provides extra productivity features that can help you make your time with the terminal more efficient and effective. For instance, it allows you to arrange the terminals in a grid-like setting and gives you tabs to handle multiple commands in a single window. You can also drag and drop the tabs. There are many keyboard shortcuts for you, and you can save the layouts for future uses and add plugins for even more functionality. So, how can you get it installed? Let’s start.

Update your Ubuntu

Before we start, we need to ensure that your system repositories are up to date. If they are or not, you can run the following to make sure:

$sudo apt update

Installing Terminator

We can start the installation of Terminator using the following:

$sudo apt install terminator

You will be prompted to confirm if you want to continue as it will take up 3,508 KB of your disk space. Once you confirm by pressing “Y” and then “Enter”, the installation will proceed. You will soon see the installation complete once the prompt returns.

Running Terminator

Once the installation has been completed, you can run Terminator through the application drawer or the terminal.

Through Applications

Go into applications and type in “Terminator”.

Clicking on this will launch the terminal with the added Terminator functionality.

Through the terminal

You don’t have to do anything extra to launch Terminator. You can simply use the keyboard shortcut, i.e., Ctrl + Alt + T, and you will get the new and improved terminal.

Seeing these two options, you will know that the installation has succeeded. To further explore Terminator, you can click on the small icon on the left side of the ribbon and explore the options as seen below:

For more information about the plugins and how to install them, please visit the official documentation for Terminator here.

Uninstalling Terminator

If, for any reason, you end up tired of Terminator, or you want to go back to the basic terminal, you can easily uninstall it. All you need to execute is the following:

$sudo apt remove terminator

The previous command will only remove Terminator from your computer. If you want to remove it along with all of its dependencies, you can try the following command:

$ sudo apt remove --auto-remove terminator

Once you confirm this, the uninstall process will proceed and remove all the mentioned packages. When the prompt returns, you can close this window and open up the terminal again to see the changes. Here, you are with the old terminal again.


Terminator is a versatile emulator with many features to help users achieve their goals. The installation process isn’t complicated. So, if you’ve followed the steps mentioned in the guide carefully, you should be able to install and uninstall Terminator from Ubuntu 22.04.

About the author

Karim Buzdar

Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.