In GNOME there is the drop down terminal extension that appears when you press ' (the key above tab). Can I do the same with the terminal program shipped with elementary OS Freya? If not, is there an application I can download to have a drop down terminal?

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For a drop down terminal you can either use guake drop down terminal

or terra: mix of guake and terminal emulation

  • So, I want to thank you greatly for sharing this. I have successfully added my own shortcut, and changed the height, but I cannot find where I could change the width. In the 'src/DropDown/PantheonTerminalDropDownWindow.vala' class, I see on line 34 there is something describing width, but as I am remedial student of programming, I am not sure what to do. Could it be in another class file? Mar 20, 2017 at 0:22

I have a drop-down branch for pantheon-terminal


How to compile:
sudo apt-get build-dep pantheon-terminal
bzr branch lp:~parnold-x/pantheon-terminal/drop-down
cd drop-down && mkdir build && cd build
sudo make install

Then you can start it with pantheon-terminal --drop-down

You can configure the height and the key in the (default is F12) src/DropDown/PantheonTerminalDropDownWindow.vala class

  • I don't know how to compile things in Linux, but I'm always trying to learn new things. I'll look into learning how to compile and check out your link. Thank you.
    – vim_usr
    Sep 28, 2015 at 19:08
  • Added compile instructions. Hope it helps :)
    – Djax
    Sep 29, 2015 at 7:15
  • @Djax I am get an error on running the command cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX:PATH=/usr .. package 'vte-2.91' not found Feb 10, 2016 at 12:03
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    i have already adapted it for loki. I assume you use freya. Go back to revision 704 then. bzr revert -r704
    – Djax
    Feb 10, 2016 at 12:16
  • @Djax I tried changing the key from the src/DropDown/PantheonTerminalDropDownWindow.vala file. Changed it to F1 But it made no effect. the terminal still opens with F12 only. Also I would like to open it with 'fn+F1' key. Is there any way I can do that? Feb 16, 2016 at 6:41

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