I'm running Konsole 16.08.3-1 (installed via pacman) as my default terminal emulator under Gnome 3.22.2. Normally, when I start Konsole, I hit Ctrl+Shift+M to hide the menu bar; I only sparingly use it, and generally the white menu bar distracts from my overall dark terinal.

Is there any way to hide the menu bar persistently so that I don't have to hide it manually every time I start Konsole?

2 Answers 2


There are actually two different settings. The one you described in your question, Ctrl+Shift+M or Settings > Show Menubar is for the current window only.

You can disable the menubar for newly created windows permanently by unchecking Settings > Configure Konsole > General > Show menubar by default or by changing/adding


to ~/.config/konsolerc


Try rigth-click on the title bar space, there is an option that says "Hide menu bar", make sure its checked.

Alternatively, you can add the the --hide-menubar flag to the execution command from whatever place that yuou are running konsole from, that will override the default behaviour.

One more is editing the startup configuration file of Konsole in ~/.kde4/share/config/konsolerc

Read this doc for further information (search for menubar): https://docs.kde.org/stable5/en/applications/konsole/konsole.pdf

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    there is an option that says "Hide menu bar" I explained in my question that this is already what I'm doing, and it's not persistent. As for the --hide-menubar option -- I'm just launching Konsole as a GUI application from Gnome. I'm not sure how to hook into that to pass flags.
    – Jules
    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:47
  • If you are pressing an icon to launch it, try right clicking that icon and selecting properties or something similar, I'm guessing that there must somewhere some place to modify the command that is executed when you click the icon. Dec 2, 2016 at 3:52
  • I just added a 3rd way to do it, in my answer. Dec 2, 2016 at 3:56
  • Alright, what do I edit the konsolerc with?
    – Jules
    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:56
  • With any text editor you may have in your system, I think for Gnome you must have gedit. You could also do it from Konsole itself using nano, for example. Dec 2, 2016 at 3:58

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