Cross-platform terminal emulator that uses web technologies to provide a more intuitive alternative to the native command-line tool
Compared to Windows users, who are only now getting a decent terminal emulator in the form of Windows Terminal, Mac users have been spoiled. The macOS Terminal is powerful and customizable, so there is often little reason to search for an alternative. Nevertheless, improvements can always be made, and even something like different visuals and more customization options can tip the balance.
Terminus is an Electron-based terminal emulator that can run on Mac, Windows, and Linux, making it an interesting option for users who often switch between platforms. It comes with a more stylish UI than the native macOS tool, and a few noteworthy extra features.
Cross-platform terminal emulator based on Electron
One of this app’s advantages, which will interest many developers, is that it is available on multiple platforms. If you want to use the same terminal on Mac, Windows or Linux, Terminus is a great choice simply because you will have the same UI, layout, shortcuts, and features available no matter which OS you are using at the time.
Since it is an Electron app, however, there are a few downsides worth mentioning as well. The file size is far from negligible, and it is one of the hungrier terminal emulators when it comes to memory usage.
Plenty of features, as you would expect
Given that it is a Terminal alternative, it makes sense for it to include all the features available in the native command-line utility. In addition, it also supports custom CSS, plugins, a wider range of hotkeys, and split panes.
Overall, Terminus feels quite a bit more intuitive as well, and it’s quite easy to personalize. If you want to take things one step further, you can implement additional functions or visual changes via plugins.
Modern and customizable UI
Terminus is clearly superior to Terminal in one respect—its impressive GUI. Not only does it look better, but you can change pretty much anything about the interface to suit your preferences.
From the window frame, tab position, color themes, font, cursor shape, and background, there are few things you can’t play around with. The window can even be made translucent, and the transparency is customizable as well.
All in all, Terminus is a good Terminal alternative for macOS, and it stands out mostly through its visuals and customization options. It’s an especially good choice for users who frequently switch between Mac, Windows, and Linux.