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Terminal for Windows The Best Free Standalone Terminals for Windows 10 (2020)

adnanmostafa profile image Adnan Mostafa Updated on ・2 min read

If you are anyone that has tried to use a terminal on PC, I am sorry for your suffering. Below are some of the best terminal emulators that can up your workflow:

1. Cmder

Cmder terminal image

Cmder is a portable console emulator that builds on the already popular Conemu; Conemu is also worth checking out as it serves as an alternative to Cmder. Cmders website explains it perfectly:

Think about cmder more as a software package than a separate app. All the magic is happening through ConEmu. With enhancements from Clink.

Although, Cmder has sometimes issues with speed (even though it is advised as portable) it is still a great basic console emulator to pick up to meet your goals.

2. Hyper.is

Hyper Terminal Pokemon Theme

Hyper is sleek terminal that can be used in both PC and MAC, and is fully customizable in terms of the themes, plugins and shell. It still seems that there's a lot to work in terms of development as I ran into some errors installing zsh shell. Either way, it's a great extensible terminal to look into. (Note: if you want to pick up the Pokemon theme you can get it here!)

3. Terminus

Terminus terminal
"A terminal for the modern age" is the slogan of the terminus terminal. This terminal seems similar to a development environment it comes with split panes, fully configurable shortcuts, tabs and support of all major shells. This terminal is still new and it will be exciting to see what is next.

4. Fluent Terminal

Fluent Terminal
A terminal for PowerShell, CMD, WSL or custom shells, features even taking themes from iTerm with editable key bindings and quickly adjustable settings, Fluent is definitely worth checking out.

5. Alacritty

Alacritty Terminal
This one is a bit controversial. Alacritty has claimed to be "the fastest terminal emulator in existence." While that may not be entirely true a lot of users have reported fast speeds and low usage speeds using Alacritty. So although it may not be for everyone it maybe able to solve some lag/tearing issues you have had with your terminals.

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Should be on the list. Considering this is windows terminals and this is Microsoft's new open source terminal.


I just saw this on Reddit the other day, and saw a bunch of mixed reviews on it. Currently, trying it out to see how it is!


It's an early preview, it will get much better.


On windows I just wanted a power shell with tabs and found consoleZ which I prefer over cmder. github.com/cbucher/console Hyper.is looks cool but I don't want an electron app as my default terminal


Fluent Terminal's actually kinda cool; didn't know about it, so thanks.

Regardless, all of these terminals still fall short of the mark. In SSH, none of them support mouse commands. I know not everyone cares about that, but I still like using the mouse with Tmux and I can't do that while SSH'd in to my virtual machine with ANY of these terminals, except for MinTTY. Using MinTTY with Git for Windows has been solid for me, even though it's a tad laggy at times.

Not as bad as Hyper terminal though... ugh


I wish Git Bash had tabs 😒


Me too, but until then Tmux is our saving grace


the thing is i am searching for terminal since couple of months and didn't no about the Terminus and i seen many times that used in article but know i am using it thanks to you .Your Appreciated β€πŸ±β€πŸπŸ˜ŠπŸ”§


I used MobXterm for years since I worked only from Windows client to Unix server. It never lets me down ! ;)



Why, oh why, wasn't Babun on this list?!