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Terminal Comparison

vascov profile image Vasil Vasilev ・1 min read

Hello everyone,

I want to hear some comparison between the MAC OSX terminal app and the iTerm2 application. what are their pros and cons and which will you prefer and why?

Vasil

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Ben Halpern

While some might hate the idea of a web-technology-based terminal, some folks really seem to love Hyper.

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Ali Spittel

I like ITerm primarily because of the multiple panes! iTerm panes I think there are other customizations you can use as well, but that's my main reason!

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Valentin Baca

Some key features of iTerm:

  • Free
  • Lightweight / Fast
  • Easily and highly customizable, but also "just works" out of the box
  • Configurable notifications (show me the bell sound, don't make that godawful noise)
  • Color tabs
  • Switching between tabs with Command+1, Command+2, etc.
  • Command+Clicking a url (say in my notes open in Vim) goes to the page! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this feature. Caveat: it has had a security issue in the past, so be aware to not hover over sensitive data while holding Cmd.
  • Panes
  • Tmux integration (if you're not using tmux or screen or something equivalent, start now)
  • Optional Cmd+Q protection (redundant with tmux, but still nice)

Essentially, the only reason not to install iTerm is if you don't have permissions to install apps :)

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Vasil Vasilev Author

I loved your answer!
Totally agree with you iTerm is LOVE :D

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Ben Sinclair

I don't know what the state is today, but historically (as with a lot of bundled software) the Mac app has lagged pretty far behind other modern terminals with features such as split-screens, colour and mouse support.

Even if it has caught up today, I suspect many people are just in the habit of installing iTerm on new machines.

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Daniel Toebe

With iTerm2 I am able to use mouse mode on vim. I can have a NERDTree buffer, and 2 other buffers with files open. And I can scroll as if it were any non terminal editor