Termite is a minimal terminal emulator designed for use with tiling window managers. It is a modal application, similar to Vim, with an insert mode and command mode where keybindings have different functions. Termite is based on the VTE library.
The configuration file allows to change colors and set some options. Termite supports transparency along with both the 256 color and true color (16 million colors) palettes. It has a similar look and feel to urxvt.
Install thepackage, or AUR for the development version. For Wayland tiling WM users, you may want to install AUR which disable client side decorations.
Termite starts in insert mode by default. Text may be selected using the mouse, or by using command-mode keys. In insert mode,
Ctrl+Shift+c is used to copy selected text to the X clipboard,
Ctrl+Shift+v to paste.
Ctrl+Tab starts scrollback completion, and
Ctrl+Shift+Down scroll the screen up or down.
Ctrl+Shift+Space enters command-mode. Many commands are borrowed from Vim, for example
v for visual mode,
Shift+v for visual line mode,
Ctrl+v for visual block mode,
y to copy ("yank") selected text,
? for searching,
$ for movement, and
Escape to go back to insert mode.
Termite looks for configuration files in
/etc/xdg/termite.cfg. The configuration file is used to change options such as font, colors, window hints, etc. The configuration file is in ini format, with three sections: options, colors, and hints.
Fonts are specified in the format
font=<font_name> <font_size> under the options section.
<font_name> is specified according to fontconfig, not Xft. Use
fc-list to see which fonts are available on the system (see also Font configuration#Font paths).
[options] font = Monospace 9 font = xos4 Terminus 12px font = Droid Sans Mono 8
Colors consist of either a 24-bit hex value (e.g.
#4a32b1), or an rgba vector (e.g.
rgba(16, 32, 64, 0.5)). Valid properties for colors are
colorN (where N is an integer from zero through 254; used to assign a 24-bit color value to terminal colorN).
[colors] foreground = #dcdccc background = #3f3f3f
As of version 9, Termite supports true transparency via color definitions that specify an alpha channel value . This requires a compositor to be running, such as Compton or . Most compositors do not require special configuration for Termite to use transparency.
[colors] background = rgba(63, 63, 63, 0.8)
If opening a new tab through
Ctrl+Shift+t fails with
no directory uri set, source
/etc/profile.d/vte.sh. See GNOME/Tips and tricks#New terminals adopt current directory.