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Konsole
Konsole is the terminal emulator for the KDE platform

Contents

Feature Overview

  • X Terminal emulator
  • Makes using the command line easier
  • Use different profiles for different tasks
  • Set scrollback limit and save contents to file
  • Right-click on links to open in user's default web browser
  • Open current path in user's file manager
  • Translucent background available when desktop effects are enabled
  • The unique value of the environmental variable SHELL_SESSION_ID persists across all desktop sessions

Konsole is an X terminal emulator for the KDE platform, allowing users to have a convenient way to use the command line. Aside from providing a way to use a powerful shell, Konsole also offers features that make it easier or more pleasurable to work in the command line, such as profile management, scrollback, and color schemes, including translucency for effects.

Konsole also provides an embedded KPart terminal which is used by apps such as Yakuake, Dolphin, and Kate, giving users a consistent and familiar interface when working in the command line.

Tutorials and Tips

Language

With Konsole you can change the language to plain English (to see bugs info for example) by command:

export LANG=C

Shortcuts

  • Switch tab: Shift + Left, Shift + Right (not like X-Chat, Firefox, Quanta, Kdevelop).
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Note
Quanta and Kdevelop use Alt + Left, Alt + Right. However, Shift + Direction has the advantage of being reachable with one hand on virtually all keyboard layouts, while Alt keys are sometimes only on the left of the keyboard (e.g. in Germany).


  • New tab: Shift + Ctrl + T.

Label your Tabs

Double Click to Rename Tab

If you regularly use a lot of tabs, you'll sometimes find it convenient to label them. Just double-click on the tab and you'll get a re-name dialogue.

Profile Management

  • To add a new profile go to Settings -> Profile Management -> New Profile
  • On the General tab, enter the new profile name and change the icon if desired.
  • If this is to be a root konsole, enter the command /bin/su -
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Tip
This command will not work on any distro that uses sudo (like Ubuntu). On such distributions use:
sudo su
or just prepend all your commands that requires superuser privileges with sudo.


  • Font size can also be changed on the Appearance tab.


Editing a profile
  • On the Manage Profiles screen you can add or remove a star, which controls whether that profile is to be offered on the File menu.

Related Sites

Help with Development

If you are interested in helping with Konsole's development, check out how to help the Konsole team.

Keywords

Terminal emulator, command line, CLI, shell


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