Install terminator with built-in quake mode

Install Terminator with built-in “Quake mode” from BZR

To make it easier to install the latest Terminator from BZR, I've uploaded it to the WebUpd8 Unstable PPA (since this is not a stable version) so you can install it using the commands below (available for Ubuntu 11.04, 10.10 and 10.04):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/unstable ; sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install terminator

Setting up Terminator “Quake” mode

1. Move Terminator to the position where you want it to start (e.g.: centered on top of the screen), create as many horizontal / vertical terminals as you want, resize it, etc., then in the Terminator preferences, on the “Layouts” tab, click the “Add” button and enter a name for the layout you've just created. I've used “quake” for the layout name.

2. In the Terminator preferences, on the “Global” tab:

  • check the “Hide from taskbar” option (so the Terminator icon doesn't show up on the taskbar / Unity launcher)
  • uncheck “Window borders” (you don't really need window borders)
  • optional: if you want Terminator to automatically hide when you click outside of the Terminator window, also check the “Hide on lose focus” option. If not, just use the keyboard shortcut you've assigned to show/hide the Terminator window (see the next step).

3. On the “Keybindings” tab, look for the “Toggle window visibility” action and assign it whatever keyboard shortcut you want (I've used F12 like in Guake; make sure you close any other apps that use F12 as a keybinding!).

4. One last step: to launch Terminator with the layout you've created under step 1, you must use the following command:

terminator -b --layout=LAYOUT_NAME

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