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Terminal Emulator for KDE

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  • X Terminal emulator
  • Makes using the command line easier
  • Use different profiles for different tasks
  • Set scrollback limit and save contents to file
  • 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


Home >> Applications >> Desktop >> Konsole

Konsole is an X terminal emulator for KDE, 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.



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

export LANG=C


  • Switch tab: SHIFT+LEFT, SHIFT+RIGHT (not like X-Chat, Firefox, Quanta, Kdevelop). Note that 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+CRTL+N.

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 -

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 priviledges 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.

KDE 3 Tips


With Konsole from CVS, you can remove every toolbar, frame and border with this command:

konsole --nomenubar --notoolbar --noscrollbar --noframe


  • Menu : CTRL+ALT+m (not F11 or CTRL+F)
  • Mouse emulation (with the keyboard): ALT+F12

Session Profiles

  • If the screen is difficult to read, change the default profile:
  • Use Settings > Schema to change this to a display with greater contrast. White on Black is clearer than Linux Colors, or you may prefer Green on Black.
  • Transparent windows can be set, but they use more resources.
  • To add a new profile by simply starting a new session tab and editing it.
  • All the changes can be made from the Settings menu
  • Use a different font or encoding.
  • Set a new Schema to give visual differentiation
  • When the display is as you want it, Save Session Profile, giving it a distinctive name.
Editing a profile


Terminal emulator, command line, CLI, shell

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