How can I set default terminal used in Unity?

How can I set the default terminal used in Unity?

I would like to use the Ctrl+Alt+T hotkey to start a non-default terminal. The default terminal is gnome-terminal.

Where can I change the default terminal value?

Answers 12

  • Only in Ubuntu 11.10 or earlier! For newer versions see LucaB answer!

    Open a terminal (e.g. gnome-terminal)

    Run the next command:

    gconftool --type string --set /desktop/gnome/applications/terminal/exec <YOUR-TERMINAL>


    gconftool --type string --set /desktop/gnome/applications/terminal/exec terminator

    Done :).

  • To change the shortcut and not default termainal,

    1. search for keyboard
    2. go to shortcuts and custom shortcuts
    3. press the plus sign to add new shortcut (in this case terminator)
    4. when told that the shortcut ctrl+alt+t is already in use press "reasign"

    search for keyboard add new shortcut reasign

  • Try to change option x-terminal-emulator via "ALternatives Configurator" app.

    for ubuntu you can use the command below:

    sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator

    It will list all the terminal options you have installed and then you can pick (by the number) the one you want.

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