Microsoft just announced a new, modern, feature-rich terminal application called Windows Terminal. It’s meant to gather all the command-line tools like Command Prompt and PowerShell in one place.
This is quite a nifty idea, and in the opinion of many Windows 10 users, long overdue. Although it’s initially intended for developers, anyone who wants to enter a few command lines is welcomed.
While Windows Terminal is not officially out yet, Microsoft assures that you will soon find it in the Microsoft Store in Windows 10. Not only that, but regular updates and constant development are promised.
One of the main features of this new terminal application is multiple tab support. Windows 10 users have asked for this since forever, and now it’s finally happening.
What this actually means? It means that you will be able to open, for example, Command Prompt, PowerShell, WSL and Raspberry Pi all at once, each on a separate and connected tab. And all that under a single Windows Terminal window.
Other notable features include a new text rendering engine that will allow the display of a lot more symbols, text characters, glyphs, and even emojis and a new open-source monospaced font.
Along with this, a lot more customization options and profiles with different font styles, colors, transparency, and other things, let you decide how Windows Terminal looks and feels.
To do that, check the steps below.
Can I get Windows Terminal on Windows 10 right now?
Because it’s in a very early stage, you can’t quite download the terminal for now. But if you’re impatient, you can try and build it from the source.
Yes, that’s right. Windows Terminal it’s open-source and you can find all the things you need on GitHub’s dedicated page for it.
Before you start, there are some very important prerequisites:
- To run Windows Terminal, you have to be on Windows 1903 (build >= 10.0.18362.0) or above.
- You must have the 1903 SDK (build 10.0.18362.0) installed.
- You need Visual Studio 2017 or above.
- Some Workloads need to be installed from the Visual Studio installer: Desktop Development with C++, Universal Windows Platform Development, C++ (v141) Universal Windows Platform Tools (individual component).
- You need to enable Developer Mode in the Windows Settings.
Now, for building the code you have to first run a command to make sure that the git submodules are restored or updated:
git submodule update --init --recursive
After that, from Visual Studio or from the command line using MSBuild you can build the OpenConsole.sln:
If something isn’t right or you can’t find certain things, there is a README file as well as some scripts in the /tools directory.
As you can see, it’s pretty simple to take an early look at Microsoft’s new Windows Terminal. Just head over to GitHub and clone, build, test, and run the Terminal in any way you want.
Of course, if you find any bugs or issues with it, share them with the world so everyone may contribute and get rid of them.
We have to mention that for an official preview build you’ll have to wait until mid-June, and for a full-fledged Windows Terminal 1.0 official release, until this winter.
Hope that the wait will be worth it. Are you excited about the new Windows Terminal or it’s not that important for you? Leave the answer and any other questions you may have in the comments section below.
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