In GNOME mode linux, we can use:


to generate a new console.

I am running linux in text/server mode ( No GNOME installed )

How can I generate a new console like gnome-terminal?

1 Answer 1


If you are logged in directly to the console, you can switch between six built-in virtual consoles with Ctrl-Alt-F[1-6].

If you would like to have a virtual console to which you can connect from any login (e.g. SSH), the most popular terminal multiplexers are tmux and screen. Tmux and screen allow you to open many windows, name windows and sessions, script keyboard shortcuts, and more. I personally use tmux and consider it one of my core tools.

If you want a graphical terminal emulator, you will need to install a desktop environment (GNOME, KDE, etc.)

  • How to do it from script to generate a tmux screen with some commands? ex: I want to generate a new screen(tmux session), and the new console should do 'ls' automatically when it starts.
    – Mark K
    Mar 31, 2020 at 3:54
  • This answer looks like the best way to go about what you're asking.
    – gnubeard
    Mar 31, 2020 at 4:06

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