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Iterm2 vs Terminal What Terminal Application do you use on macOS?

Some of my colleagues recently switched to Hyper. I'm still using iTerm 2 and I am very happy, so I don't see a reason to switch.

iTerm 2

iTerm 2

Hyper

Hyper

(Thank you @jakewca for the screenshot!)

What Terminal Application do you use on macOS? Do you use any tweaks?

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Si

How do you get the Apple logo and system information on terminal start?

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Matthias Author

The application is called neofetch.

On macOS you can install it with Homebrew via brew install neofetch.

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Ben Geldreich

Hey Matthias! Thanks for sharing neofetch!

I noticed in the iTerm2 screenshot above, it appears as if the OS (apple) logo is the old school rainbow logo? If so do you happen to know what the unicode (/u) code is or where I can find that?
Thanks

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Siddharth

I'm a year late...

You could search the source code of neofetch.

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Siddharth

It's at the bottom of the file.

This is the art:

${c1}                    c.'
                 ,xNMM.
               .OMMMMo
               lMMM"
     .;loddo:.  .olloddol;.
   cKMMMMMMMMMMNWMMMMMMMMMM0:
${c2} .KMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMWd.
 XMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMX.
${c3};MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM:
:MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM:
${c4}.MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMX.
 kMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMWd.
 ${c5}'XMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMk
  'XMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMK.
    ${c6}kMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMd
     ;KMMMMMMMWXXWMMMMMMMk.
       "cooc*"    "*coo'"
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

Everything after ${c} will be colored a different color for each number. I don't know what the colors are though.

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Si

Thank you

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Matthias Author

Glad that I could help you!

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Tina Holly

Wow, this Neofetch thing is awesome, thanks for sharing! What a fun way to start your terminal!

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aRtoo

was about to ask this. thank you!

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Efrat • Edited on

I recently switched to hyper (from iterm) and its way cooler, the only limit is your imagination...
for example I made it transparent so this is how it looks like:

hyper image

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David Wickes

I don't really care which terminal emulator I use. If you're running a multiplexer like tmux it makes previous little difference.

I remember seeing hyper a few years ago and being told I should be impressed because it could animate text exploding when you type. 仄.

I have some affection for st, owing to its simplicity.

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Josh

Vanilla Terminal, with bash-it. I've been curious about nushell recently, but have yet to install it on my dev environment

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Nathan Daly • Edited on

I switched from powerlevel10k to Pure and I like it a lot.

dev-to-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com/up...

This is a good guide.
gist.github.com/ganapativs/e571d92...

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Jake

I currently use TMUX nested in iTerm2 but Im very tempted by Hyper.

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Matthias Author

I tried to download and install it because I wanted to make a screenshot for this post.
But it seems, that Hyper cannot be started on macOS Catalina.

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Jake • Edited on

Looks like theres already an issue about it. github.com/zeit/hyper/issues/3750

Feel free to use mine screenshot.

Hyper

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Thank you

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Pawe witkowski

I'm moving away from ITerm 2 for Kitty. It is more rough, but has some advantages for me:

  • Configuration is in a text file, so I can pull it in my repo for configs and get up running quickly on a new machine
  • I like its layout idea and that I can easily split terminal window with only keyboard
  • It also works on Linux, so I don't have a vendor lock-in
  • After some careful configuration text looks prettier there ;)
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Leon Radley

I use the standard MacOS terminal together with github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh

What are the benefits of using iTerm or Hyper?

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Eric Ahnell

Vanilla Terminal + oh-my-zsh (Yes, zsh is my default shell... didn't take long for it to replace bash), but I'm certainly open to other options for the front end.

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aRtoo

Im using ohmyzsh on my mac. I used to use Hyper but it was so buggy at that time that I removed it and switch. Haven't used iterm though.