Get a Vintage Linux Terminal with Cool Retro Terminal

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.

Retro Terminal in Linux

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.

Cool Retro Term is a Vintage terminal emulator for Linux

Install Cool Retro Term in Linux

There are various ways to install Cool Retro Term in Linux. One distro-agnostic way would be to use Snap. If your Linux distribution has Snap support enabled, you can use this command to install cool-retro-term:

sudo snap install cool-retro-term --classic

Ubuntu users can find it in the Software Center as well.

If you don’t want to use Snap package, don’t worry. There are other ways to install it.

Install cool-retro-term in Ubuntu based Linux distributions

There are PPAs available for easily installing cool-retro-term on Ubuntu-based distributions such as Linux Mint, elementary OS, Linux Lite etc.

For Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 19 and higher, use this PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vantuz/cool-retro-term
sudo apt update
sudo apt install cool-retro-term

For Ubuntu 16.04 and Linux Mint 18 series, use this PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps
sudo apt 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 Git and 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 https://github.com/Swordfish90/cool-retro-term.git
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

In my opinion, it’s one of the best terminal emulators for Linux. It gets all the points for brining back the memories. Enjoy the vintage terminal in Linux :)

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  • This is great! I have one question as I have only been learning Kali the past week, if I install this to change the terminal? Which one, as I seem to have 3 installed, and how do I get the old terminal back?

    Change the .bashrc?

    Would love any help before I do anything!

    • It is a separate terminal emulator. You can open it like any other application. So basically, you’ll have two terminal applications installed on your system. Your old terminal and this new one, both.