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Upterm – An IDE and A Terminal Emulator in One App

Upterm Linux IDE and Terminal Emulator
Written by Divine Okoi

Today we bring you another Electron app whose developers are bent on being unique. Having being termed the terminal emulator for the 21st century, its GitHub page deems Upterm as “an IDE in the world of terminals”.

Upterm (previously called Black Screen), is an open-source Electron-based terminal emulator with a plethora of features that easily make it an IDE compared to other terminal apps in the market especially thanks to its interactive shell.

It features a Minimal design User Interface reminiscent of Atom Text Editor’s default dark-themed look, smart searching, git integration, code and parenthesis auto-completion, Language Server Protocol support, and a speedy process flow in general, among others.

Upterm IDE

Upterm IDE

Upterm Process Monitoring

Upterm Process Monitoring

Features in Upterm

  • FOSS: Free to download and use with its open source code available on GitHub.
  • Cross-platform: run Upterm on Windows, Mac, and GNU/Linux.
  • Beautiful and minimal design UI.
  • Autocompletion using Monaco.
  • Support for all command-line programs (including vim, emacs, and ssh, to name a few).
  • Color code highlighting.
  • Supports tabbed panels.
  • Increase/decrease the font size.
  • Prompt and status bar.

Upterm has a lot more features than are listed above but I will rather let you do the discovering yourself. You might be discouraged from using Upterm because it is an Electron app but you can’t deny that in order for Upterm to provide a speedier performance than its counterparts it will have to use more RAM. You will just have to give it a test-drive yourself to know whether the trade off is worth it.

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You must have used other terminal emulators like Hyper and Tilix so how do you think Upterm performs compared to them and other advanced terminal emulators.

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Divine Okoi

Divine Okoi is a cybersecurity postgrad with a passion for the open-source community. With 700+ articles covering different topics in IT, you can always trust him to inform you about the coolest tech.