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Cool-Retro-Term is a unique, multiplatform, lightweight, eye-candy, highly customizable, completely free and open source graphical software project that has been designed from the offset to act as a terminal emulator application, which mimics the look of old cathode tube screens.

Running commands in a terminal emulator has never been so fun

The application’s main goal is to kill the myth that the terminal emulator is the babadook of GNU/Linux operating systems. Running commands in a terminal emulator has never been so fun, with this astonishing application that can emulate the look and feel of old-school screens you saw on many Hollywood movies, such as The Matrix.

It offers a wide range of customization options that lets you to transform your regular terminal emulator into something that your colleagues and friends would be jealous of, without no doubt! While providing a 4:3 look from the get-go, the main window can be resized for a widescreen setup.

You can paste or copy commands in the main window, use it in full screen mode, which is even cooler than you might think, as well as to choose between multiple profiles, such as Amber, Green, Scanlines, Pixelated, Apple, Vintage, IBM DOS, IBM 3278, or Transparent Green. Numerous other configuration options, such as font, can be found on the Settings dialog.

Under the hood

Taking a look under the hood, we can notice that the software is written in the C++ programming language using the Qt GUI toolkit 5.2 or higher for its graphical user interface. Cool-Retro-Term makes use of qmltermwidget, a QML port of the qtermwidget class from the Konsole terminal emulator application found on the powerful and highly acclaimed KDE desktop environment.

Supported on GNU/Linux and Mac OS X

Currently, the application can be used on all GNU/Linux distributions, but it was officially tested under Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Arch Linux, Gentoo and openSUSE. It is also compatible with the Mac OS X operating system. Both 64-bit and 32-bit hardware architectures are supported at this time. Detailed installation instructions can be found on the project’s GitHub page (see homepage link below).