Is there a way to run command line tools as a separate app, so I can easily switch between them with apple+tab etc? I want this for things like a mail and irc client where I don't want to hunt down the terminal window to access them. Something like http://www.fluidapp.com but for the terminal.

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You can open separate instance of Terminal.app with

/Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app/Contents/MacOS/Terminal &

You'll have separate icon on the Dock also. However You'll not be able to distinguish them in ⌘ cmd+⇥ tab because they are going to be called simply "Terminal" and have the same icons.

  • Unfortunately the inability to change the icon and that you can't give a script or command or anything to the new Terminal rules this out.
    – fschulze
    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:42

appify seems to be what you're looking for…

  • This is definitely something interesting, but I didn't find a way to open a terminal window with it yet.
    – fschulze
    Jan 29, 2016 at 12:43

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