jQuery Terminal Emulator - web based terminal
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jQuery Terminal Emulator is a plugin for creating command line interpreters in your applications. It can automatically call JSON-RPC service when a user types commands or you can provide you own function in which you can parse user commands. It's ideal if you want to provide additional functionality for power users. It can also be used to debug your application.

You can use this JavaScript library to create web based terminal on any website.


  • You can create an interpreter for your JSON-RPC service with one line of code (just use url as first argument).

  • Support for authentication (you can provide functions when users enter login and password or if you use JSON-RPC it can automatically call login function on the server and pass token to all functions).

  • Stack of interpreters - you can create commands that trigger additional interpreters (eg. you can use couple of JSON-RPC service and run them when user type command)

  • Command Tree - you can use nested objects. Each command will invoke a function, if the value is an object it will create a new interpreter and use the function from that object as commands. You can use as many nested object/commands as you like. If the value is a string it will create JSON-RPC service.

  • Support for command line history, it uses Local Storage if possible.

  • Support for tab completion.

  • Includes keyboard shortcut from bash like CTRL+A, CTRL+D, CTRL+E etc.

  • Multiply terminals on one page (every terminal can have different command, it's own authentication function and it's own command history).

  • It catches all exceptions and displays error messages in the terminal (you can see errors in your javascript and php code in terminal if they are in the interpreter function).

  • Using extended commands you can change working of the terminal without touching the front-end code (using echo method and terminal formatting like syntax). Read more in docs


Include jQuery library, you can use cdn from http://jquery.com/download/

<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.2.1.min.js"></script>

Then include js/jquery.terminal-1.23.2.min.js and css/jquery.terminal-1.23.2.min.css

You can grab the files from CDN:

<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/jquery.terminal/1.23.2/js/jquery.terminal.min.js"></script>
<link href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/jquery.terminal/1.23.2/css/jquery.terminal.min.css" rel="stylesheet"/>


<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/jquery.terminal@1.23.2/js/jquery.terminal.min.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/jquery.terminal@1.23.2/css/jquery.terminal.min.css">

If you always want latest version, you can grab the files directly from github using rawgit.com (that service grab the files from github and use propert MIME type so you can use it in your page, you can also grab from devel branch):

<script src="https://cdn.rawgit.com/jcubic/jquery.terminal/master/js/jquery.terminal.min.js"></script>
<link href="https://cdn.rawgit.com/jcubic/jquery.terminal/master/css/jquery.terminal.min.css" rel="stylesheet"/>

or get it from unpkg without specifying version, it will redirect to the latest version:

<script src="https://unpkg.com/jquery.terminal/js/jquery.terminal.min.js"></script>
<link href="https://unpkg.com/jquery.terminal/css/jquery.terminal.min.css" rel="stylesheet"/>

NOTE: From version 1.0.0 if you want to support old browsers then you'll need to use key event property polyfill. You can check the support for it on can I use.

<script src="https://cdn.rawgit.com/inexorabletash/polyfill/master/keyboard.js"></script>

You can also install jQuery Terminal using command line, from bower repository:

bower install jquery.terminal

or npm registry:

npm install jquery.terminal

Example of usage

This is code that uses low level function, that gives you full control of the commands, just pass anything that the user types into a function.

jQuery(function($, undefined) {
    $('#term_demo').terminal(function(command) {
        if (command !== '') {
            var result = window.eval(command);
            if (result != undefined) {
    }, {
        greetings: 'Javascript Interpreter',
        name: 'js_demo',
        height: 200,
        width: 450,
        prompt: 'js> '

Here is a higher level call, using an object as an interpreter, By default the terminal will parse commands that a user types and replace number like strings with real numbers regex with regexes and process escape characters in double quoted strings.

jQuery(function($, undefined) {
        add: function(a, b) {
            this.echo(a + b);
        foo: 'foo.php',
        bar: {
            sub: function(a, b) {
                this.echo(a - b);
    }, {
        height: 200,
        width: 450,
        prompt: 'demo> '

Command foo will execute json-rpc from foo.php file.

You can create JSON-RPC interpreter with authentication in just one line:

$('#term_demo').terminal('service.php', {login: true});

More examples here. You can also check full documentation.


Because of security in version 1.20.0 links with protocols different then ftp or http(s) (it was possible to enter javascript protocol, that could lead to XSS if author of hte app echo user input and save it in DB) was turn off by default. To enable it, you need to use anyLinks: true option.

In version 1.21.0 executing terminal methods using extendend commands [[ terminal::clear() ]] was also disabled by default because attacker (depending on your application) could execute terminal::echo with raw option to enter any html and execute any javascript. To enable this feature from this version you need to use invokeMethods: true option.

The features are safe to enable, if you don't save user input in DB and don't echo it back to different users (like with chat application). It's also safe if you escape formatting before you echo stuff.

If you don't save user input in DB but allow to echo back what user types and have enabled execHash options, you may have reflected XSS vulnerability if you enable this features. If you escape formatting this options are also safe.


If you want to contrubite read CONTRIBUTING.md first. Here are project contributors:

Jakub Jankiewicz


Zuo Qiyang


Marcel Link


Sébastien Warin


Christopher John Ryan




Florian Schäfer


David Refoua


Ishan Ratnapala


Tomasz Ducin


Abdelrahman Omran


Anton Vasilev






Hraban Luyat


Martin v. Löwis


Mateusz Paprocki




Robert Wikman


Steve Phillips


Yutong Luo








Juraj Vitko


jQuery Terminal Website contributors:

Jakub Jankiewicz


Rich Morin




Logan Rosen



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