Looking for the command to open a new terminal instance and suggestions I've found to use terminal or gnome-terminal are incorrect

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I know this is an old thread, but the approved answer is now incorrect and this is still the top Google link for this question, so in new versions of Elementary OS, the terminal is called io.elementary.terminal

  • It's still working for me on Loki with everything updated right now. How that?
    – Eric G
    Commented Aug 13, 2017 at 13:19
  • @EricG What version of Loki? I manually run sudo apt upgrade so maybe I'm ahead of what AppCentre is updating people to? pantheon-terminal is no longer recognized on my system Commented Aug 13, 2017 at 18:44
  • I did a upgrade before commenting and another one right now. Still oantheon-terminal works, the other command doesn't....
    – Eric G
    Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 7:16
  • I can also assure you that as of writing pantheon-terminal is still working.
    – stucash
    Commented May 12, 2018 at 13:27
  • this is nice, how do I pass commands?
    – tatsu
    Commented Apr 15, 2019 at 15:15

The command to run is:


  • This no longer works: pantheon-terminal: command not found Commented Aug 12, 2017 at 13:06
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    This still works on loki
    – LnxSlck
    Commented Jan 21, 2018 at 23:21
  • io.elementary.terminal ?
    – tatsu
    Commented Apr 15, 2019 at 15:14

For the new version elementary 5.1 Hera the correct command to launch a termianl is

io.elementary.terminal -n 
  • For fish terminal users, need run $ /usr/bin/bash -c 'io.elementary.terminal -n' to work properly. Commented Sep 7, 2021 at 16:33

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