Kitty – The Fast, Feature-Rich, GPU-Based Terminal Emulator

Without the performance power and functional flexibility of the terminal or command-line environment, Linux operating system distributions would lose their unique credibility in the world of operating systems.

To understand what a terminal environment really has to offer to a Linux user, we have to look at the unique OS functionalities that can be executed from this Linux application module.

Functions of a Linux Terminal Environment

We can summarize its functions with the following bullet points:

  • Operating system update – Through the package manager associated with the Linux distribution you are using, it is flexibly easier to update your operating system from the command line.
  • Launch applications – Most feature-rich Linux applications are CLI-based meaning that they can be directly launched from the Linux terminal. Also, some GUI-based applications like web browsers can also be launched from the Linux terminal.
  • File Management – Under Linux file management, users are able to access/edit log files, and configuration files, and also create and manage normal files from the comfort of a Linux terminal environment.
  • Run and manage web servers – If you have ventured into the world of web software development, then you are familiar with web servers associated with the likes of Django frameworks and Node.js that can be managed from the Linux terminal.
  • Play Games – Game applications like Mazter and sssnake can be launched and played from the Linux terminal.

Kitty Terminal Emulator

The primary objective of a terminal emulator is to improve a Linux user’s command-line experience. With a terminal emulator like Kitty, Linux users get a front-row seat to enjoy features like the few we will address after its installation on our Linux operating system distribution.

Install Kitty Terminal Emulator in Linux

The kitty feature-rich terminal emulator can be installed via the package manager associated with your Linux operating system distribution as demonstrated below:

$ sudo apt install kitty         [On Debian, Ubuntu and Mint]
$ sudo yum install kitty         [On RHEL/CentOS/Fedora and Rocky Linux/AlmaLinux]
$ sudo emerge -a x11-terms/kitty [On Gentoo Linux]
$ sudo pacman -S kitty           [On Arch Linux]
$ sudo zypper install kitty      [On OpenSUSE]    

Usage of Kitty Terminal Emulator

In this article section, we are going to look at the basic usage of the kitty terminal emulator.

$ kitty

You will be presented with an interface similar to the following:

Kitty Linux Terminal Emulator
Kitty Linux Terminal Emulator

From here you can perform normal terminal operations like system updates in addition to:

View Image in Linux Terminal

To view an image called final.jpeg, we will execute the following command:

$ kitty +kitten icat final.jpeg
View Image in Linux Terminal
View Image in Linux Terminal

Working with Multiple Linux Terminal Tabs

You can access more workspace with Kitty by using the keyboard keys combination Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open new tabs.

Multiple Linux Terminal Tabs
Multiple Linux Terminal Tabs

You can use the computer mouse to navigate to the different tab workspace.

Linux Terminal Scrolling Usage

The following keys are associated with scrolling:

Linux Terminal Scrolling
Linux Terminal Scrolling

Linux Terminal Tabs Usage

The following keys are associated with tabs usage:

Linux Terminal Tabs
Linux Terminal Tabs

Linux Terminal Windows Usage

The following keyboard keys are associated with Windows actions:

Linux Terminal Windows
Linux Terminal Windows

More on the usage of Kitty is available from its manual page.

$ man kitty

Hope you will achieve more command-line productivity from Kitty‘s fast, feature-rich, GPU-based terminal emulator usage.

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