Cool-Retro-Term : Terminal Emulator with Retro Style

Cool-Retro-Term : Terminal Emulator with Retro Style

cool-retro-term is free and open source terminal emulator developed by the Italian programmer Filippo Scognamiglio which mimics the look and feel of the old cathode tube screens, It has been designed to be eye-candy, customizable, and reasonably lightweight.

The preferences of cool-retro-term allow user to change appearance look like Apple Mac, Vintange, IBM DOS, IBM 3278 etc, with the ability to customize the colors, shadows, effects and animation.

cool-retro-term allows us to have all the same features of terminal as the update of the distribution, installation/uninstall of applications, system monitoring.

How to Install Cool-Retro-Term in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Linux Mint 17 and Derivatives

To install cool-retro-term in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Linux Mint 17 and derivatives first, you need to install some dependencies required to compile cool-retro-term source code. Open terminal and run the following commands:

sudo apt-get install git build-essential qmlscene qt5-qmake qt5-default qtdeclarative5-dev qtdeclarative5-controls-plugin qtdeclarative5-qtquick2-plugin libqt5qml-graphicaleffects qtdeclarative5-dialogs-plugin qtdeclarative5-localstorage-plugin qtdeclarative5-window-plugin

Get the source code of cool-retro-term, then compile and install it with the following following commands:

git clone
cd cool-retro-term
qmake && make

Run cool-retro-term with the following command


Make cool-retro-term launcher available in unity dash (ubuntu) and mint menu (linux mint) by copying file cool-retro-term.desktop to directory /usr/share/applications/.

sudo cp cool-retro-term.desktop /usr/share/applications/

Change option Exec=cool-retro-term to Exec=/path/cool-retro-term

sudo nano /usr/share/applications/cool-retro-term.desktop

cool-retro-term - change binary path

Below is video describes how to install cool-retro-term in Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17 and Derivatives

cool-retro-term in Linux Mint 17

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