How To Install Retro Terminal In Linux

Retro Terminal in Linux

Nostalgic about the past? Get a slice of the past by installing retro terminal app cool-retro-term which, as the name suggests, is both cool and retro at the same.

Do you remember the time when there were CRT monitors everywhere and the terminal screen used to flicker? You don’t need to be old to have witnessed it. If you watch movies set in early 90’s, you’ll see plenty of CRT monitors with green/B&W command prompt. It has a geeky aura which makes it cooler.

If you are tired of terminal appearance and you need something cool and ‘new’, cool-retro-term will give you a vintage terminal appearance to relive the past. You also can change its color, animation kind, and add some effect to it.

Here are few screenshots of the different looks of cool-retro-term:

Install cool-retro-term in Ubuntu based Linux distributions

To install cool-retro-term in Ubuntu based Linux distributions, such as Linux Mint, elementary OS, Linux Lite etc, use the PPA below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cool-retro-term

Install cool-retro-term in Arch based Linux distributions

Installing cool-retro-term in Arch based Linux distributions such as Antergos and Manjaro, use the following command:

sudo pacman -S cool-retro-term

Install cool-retro-term from source code

For installing this application from source code, you need to install a number of dependencies first. Some of the know dependencies in Ubuntu based distributions are:

sudo apt-get install git build-essential qmlscene qt5-qmake qt5-default qtdeclarative5-dev qtdeclarative5-controls-plugin qtdeclarative5-qtquick2-plugin libqt5qml-graphicaleffects qtdeclarative5-dialogs-plugin qtdeclarative5-localstorage-plugin qtdeclarative5-window-plugin 

Known dependencies for other distributions can be found on the github of cool-retro-term.

Now use commands below to compile the program:

git clone
cd cool-retro-term
qmake && make

Once the program is compiled, you can run it with this command:


If you like to have this app in program menu for quick access so that you won’t have to run it manually each time with the commands, you can use the command below:

sudo cp cool-retro-term.desktop /usr/share/applications

You can learn some more terminal tricks here. Enjoy the vintage terminal in Linux :)

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With inputs from: Abhishek Prakash

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no support for ubuntu 17.10?

That would be cool if there was anything cool about retro terms. Well I guess they might seem cool to those who didn't cut their teeth on them ... pass. ;-)

Simplier - just try that (new terminfo) with standard Linux Console :

# wget

# tic -x linux.ti

$ export TERM=linux-m1b ; tput init


$ export TERM=linux-m2 ; tput init

Alex. - same for putty: TERM=putty-m1b, TERM=putty-m2 ...

Its not working under Ubuntu 16:04

I got it installed through the ppa, and have it running, but I can't seem to type anything into it. There's no cursor or letters. Only the screen background and effects.

cd qmltermwidget/ && ( test -e Makefile || /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/qt5/bin/qmake /home/vilius/cool-retro-term/qmltermwidget/ -o Makefile ) && make -f Makefile

Cannot find file: /home/vilius/cool-retro-term/qmltermwidget/

make: *** [sub-qmltermwidget-make_first-ordered] Error 2

Which Linux are you using?

Fund memories of a distractionfree computer environment with calm green glowing P31 screen - no HiDPI/Retina crap here! Love the scan lines. The barrel distortion of the screen also good and you sense something is in there.

Would love to see a Wargames theming ("GREETINGs PROFESSOR FALKEN):

E: Unable to locate package cool-retro-term : (

I have the same problem, and I also have Ubuntu 15.10 (The standard Unity version though)

Luigi Provencher


I just checked. Noobslabs has not updated the PPA for 15.10 yet. usually Noobslab maintains the packages regularly. I advise to wait for a few days for it to arrive for Willy.

Looks nice, brings back some memories, but that's a lot of dependencies for a terminal application.

Use the PPA and it should be fine.

Franck Montecalvo

Cool, I love it. <3