[Review] Go Terminal: Next Generation Terminal for Linux

Bored with the same old terminal in Linux? Let me introduce you to Go Terminal. It is an elegant and efficient Linux terminal for the command-line enthusiasts, developed by Sophiware.

Go Terminal is designed with power terminal users in mind with additional functionalities and a visually soothing and modern interface. It’s still in the beta stage though, the latest release version being 0.0.1.


Go Terminal has a great interface along with various options to customize the appearance. It comes with an elegant sidebar at the right side of the terminal:

Go Terminal Sidebar

The appearance customization tools include options to change the colors of the Texts and Background. As for background color, you can select either Solid or Gradient style.

Go Terminal Appearance settings
Appearance settings

And yes, it also comes with a bunch of preset Themes to select from.


  • Click to Run Favorite commands: You can save commands as favorite and run them with single-click interaction:
    Add Fav Command
    Add Favorite Command

    Just click on the play button of the favorite command from the sidebar and it will run:

    Run Favorite Command
    Run Favorite Command
  • Interactive Flags: You can set flags in your favorite commands for interactive actions. For example: If you want to run the ping command, you can make the Go Terminal to ask for the domain name:
    Add Input Flags
    Add Input Flags to favorite command

    and the result would be:

    GUI Input Flags
    GUI Input Flags

    Or select from a pre-defined domain list:

    Add Select Flags
    Add Select Flags to favorite command

    and the result would be:

    GUI Select Flags
    GUI Select Flags

Go Terminal Installation

If you prefer command line way, you can use the commands below in Debian-based Linux distributions:

wget http://products.sophiware.com/download/goterminal/linux-debian -O goterminal_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i goterminal_amd64.deb

If you prefer the GUI way, you can go to Go Terminal homepage and download the .deb file.

Is Go Terminal Free and Open Source?

There’s no clear indication on the official site if Go Terminal is free to use or not. So we contacted Sophiware regarding this issue, asking:

Is GoTerminal free to use?

They responded with this message:

Yes and no. We have the free version, but is limited. This is what is available. The paid version is complete but not yet available.

So, there you go. The installation method mentioned above is for the free version. According to the Go Terminal site, the paid subscription starts from $2.90 for 1 years.

If you want the source code, you can get it from their GitHub repository:

Go Terminal Source Code

Is it worth giving it a try?

Why not? If you want to try something new or bored with your old terminal interface, do give it a try. I was attracted by its user interface. But, as it is still in beta stage, it is not yet fully functional and you might encounter some bugs.

Let us know if you like it!

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  • This terminal is not completely free. The free version is limited. And after viewing the T&C’s, it’s not even FOSS. So I think I’ll skip this one. There are plenty of free and Open Source terminals available, like Oh My ZSH framework.