How to set TERM to xterm-256color

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There are lots of terminal applications for Linux. Most of them now support tabs. However, I was looking for the best terminal application that supported splitting. I think I found it in Terminator.


Installing Terminator is easy:

$ sudo apt-get install terminator

If you are on an old Ubuntu version or need the latest version of Terminator, use the PPA:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome-terminator/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt install terminator


When you open Terminator, it opens with one terminal. It has no menubar or toolbar. Many of the operations you can perform can be accessed by right-clicking in the terminal to get a context menu. Terminator has sensible keyboard shortcuts to achieve almost anything you want: split terminal, move between terminals and many other common operations. The split terminal windows can be easily resized by dragging the window border with the mouse.

Some of the keyboard shortcuts I like to use are:

  • Split horizontally: Ctrl + Shift + O

  • Split vertically: Ctrl + Shift + E

  • Switch between split terminals: Ctrl + Tab

  • Move to split terminal above, below, left or right: Alt + Up, Alt + Down, Alt + Left, Alt + Right

  • Show or hide scrollbar: Ctrl + Shift + S

  • Maximize split terminal and resize it back: Ctrl + Shift + X

  • Go fullscreen and back: F11

  • Page up or down: Shift + Pg Up and Shift + Pg Down

  • Search text in the terminal session: Ctrl + Shift + F

Tried with: Terminator 0.97 and Ubuntu 14.04