I have used (Red Hat, Ubuntu, CentOS, others). These distributions utilize Gnome-terminal, and provide flexible ways to set up different terminal profiles via a drop down menu located in the terminal window, directly above where commands are, usually, entered. These profiles allow making changes to the font and color properties of different files etc..

Where are these different profiles for the terminal stored?


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On my Ubuntu 16.04,

  • open dconf editor (as the user)
  • org > gnome > terminal > legacy > profiles > ...
  • Looks like these are somehow stored without schema, so I can't automatically set profiles from the command line (gsettings set), any way to do this?
    – xjcl
    Mar 6, 2020 at 23:44

Well, you've just cited three distributions that use at least two different Gnome versions. This is important because of the move from Gnome 2 to Gnome 3 which moved from GTK 2 to GTK 3 and mixed things a little.

To get to his topic, generally, all your configuration for your user are in $HOME somewhere. First you need to look in $HOME itself and then try .config and .gconf as both suggest a configuration directory.

That being said and with a simple google search I found that it might be in ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles but your milage may vary.

  • Thank you for the comment. GTK version will affect gtk-2.0 and gtk-3.0 directory configuration though. I was talking in general and not just gnome-terminal.
    – Digisec
    Jan 7, 2016 at 19:58

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