I've seen this gist and tried a number of options, but it seems, that the versions of those terminals in stable repository are too old and I need to compile newest from source and drag newer dependencies like GTK3+ and libvte.

Is there any terminal, that can be installed on 8.5 Jessie with reasonable amount of pain and dependencies?

  • How many colors can your really use in a terminal window? I doubt there would be a futuristic approach to using more than 256 colors and most terminal emulators support more than that. Aug 16, 2016 at 4:54
  • Is this question limited to X terminal emulator programs?
    – JdeBP
    Aug 16, 2016 at 5:02
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    @JuliePelletier I agree, you don't need 16m colors at the same time, but rather 16 million to choose from. 256 is a pretty limited palette Aug 16, 2016 at 5:21
  • @JdeBP I guess not... Aug 16, 2016 at 5:21
  • Not sure about Debian, but according to my memories on Ubuntu 14.04 (which was released a year earlier than Jessie) I had no problem compiling vte 0.36 and then you don't even need to recompile gnome-terminal. As far as I recall, I didn't even have problem compiling vte 0.38 (which modifies the API) and a corresponding version of gnome-terminal. That is, I didn't need any other dependencies that weren't available in the distribution. Give it a try and let us know where (if at all) you get stuck. (Don't aim for newest vte/g-t first, start with ones that are new enough to support true colors.)
    – egmont
    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:56

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Yes; there is mine, for starters. ☺

I asked about X because mine is intended as a user-space replacement for the virtual terminal emulator that is built in to the operating system kernel. It's not an X program. Like the kernel's terminal emulator, it uses the framebuffer and the various human input devices.

So if the question is whether any terminal emulators exist, and X is not a consideration, then the answer is most definitely yes. My terminal emulator supports Unicode and 24-bit colour out of the box, and a slightly older version of George Nachman's 24-bit-color.sh script displays some pretty rainbows when run on it.

I'm running it right now, installed as binaries from a Debian package, on Debian 8. (There is no local X server on the machine.)

The Debian 8 packaged Konsole also appears to support 24-bit colour.

Further reading


you can find an upcoming project that aims at having terminal support upto 24-bit true color...

Kindly have a look here. https://gist.github.com/XVilka/8346728


The st terminal (mentioned at the list you found) has few dependencies and should be easy to compile from source.


Thanks everyone! Looks like I've found one that works for me: ROXTerm. It's in the jessie stable repository and supports true color out of the box. It also a great terminal emulator overall and it doesn't bring many deps.

I think gnome-terminal might work as well, if you don't mind gnome deps

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    While ROXTerm is indeed a decent terminal emulator, there are two FYIs: The version shipped by Jessie uses a slightly older version of VTE (the actual terminal emulation widget) than gnome-terminal, plus ROXTerm is officially no longer maintained: sourceforge.net/p/roxterm/bugs/125. That being said, it's a reasonable choice for now.
    – egmont
    Aug 17, 2016 at 10:54

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