I'm using Ubuntu on a daily basis, and recently (6 months ago) I bought a Mac, so the first thing I did was installing VMWare and Ubuntu on my MBP.

I'm a developer and a huge fan of Terminator. With Terminator, you can open multiple file in one window, code separatly on them, and many other great things.

I thought that if it runs on Ubuntu it could possibly run on Mac OSX but it seems that it doesn't work.

Is there a Terminator-like terminal app for OS X Yosemite?

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Use iTerm2. Can do most things that Terminator does.

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    +1 for iTerm2 - it's currently best terminal emulator for mac imho. And it can do almost - if not all - that Terminator does. Nov 13, 2014 at 11:28
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    There are not so many choices for terminal emulators on OS X...
    – bot47
    Nov 13, 2014 at 13:09
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    There are several choices for terminals. No emulators required!
    – jvriesem
    Sep 25, 2015 at 3:23
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    iTerm is extremely slow comparing to other terminals, like macTerm. Feb 13, 2016 at 11:20
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    @CarlosVerdes You can do it in iTerm2. There is something called Broadcast Input in Iterm. Have a look. Apr 16, 2018 at 8:15

There is hope in brew too:

$ brew search terminator

Here I would like to say too that, agreed ITerm2 is great but there might be use cases where terminator ... I mean the same terminator on Linux would shine such as better keyboard mappings for emacs out of the box or similar.

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    unfortunately the terminator ui is bit-ugly on OS X. I guess Thats because the pygtk stuff that powers the UI is not themed well for OS X. Jun 7, 2016 at 16:03
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    It also doesn't install as an app, so launching it is a bit of a pain. And it brings along a bundle of dependencies you might not otherwise use (making clean-up an issue if you decide to remove it)
    – jocull
    Oct 24, 2018 at 19:39

My solution to darting between Mac and Linux as a developer is to use tmux, which runs in the terminal on both platforms. You get an identical feature set, and you can even sync your config files between the two platforms for all your fave build shortcuts across terminal panes, and anything else you'll ever think of, I imagine.

tmux runs in a terminal, and from there you can divide up the terminal window as desired.

tmux runs in a terminal, so it's not sexy.

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    You have an extra not in the last sentence ; - )
    – bmike
    Dec 2, 2019 at 7:56

The gnometerminator docs are slightly outdated. Fink is now in stable, but must be installed from source on OSX 10.11.



Did you try to do run Terminator with Fink:

To install Terminator on Mac OS X you will need to be using the Fink project, and have it configured to allow unstable software. With those requirements satisfied, in a terminal run: fink install terminator


Although iTerm2 works great for me (although I prefer Yakuake for terminal on Linux)


While not completely 1:1 with all of the features of Terminator, Hyper is a nice looking terminal on macOS that is easily extensible. I use multiple window panes frequently and Hyper does a great job at that.

If you have a really busy terminal (and I mean REALLY busy, like spewing data) it's a bit slower since it's backed in web tech. Still, it's an option worth looking at.


it's a bit late, but for anyone reading this, use warp

this one is amazing

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