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data i18n update Jun 7, 2016
debian Use lxterminal icon name when it's available in the theme for window … Nov 18, 2013
man added multiple new tabs functionality Jun 4, 2012
po Automatic translation update from Pootle Feb 24, 2019
src Fix word-wise selection issue on new distro which running on gtk3 Jul 16, 2019
.gitignore Add autom4te.cache/ to .gitignore Jan 30, 2015
AUTHORS Updating copyright year. Jul 22, 2011
COPYING New Project - LXTerminal is a lightweight terminal emulator, based on… Jun 3, 2008
ChangeLog Updated changelog. Dec 2, 2016
INSTALL Add INSTALL May 22, 2011 Ready for 0.2.0 release. Oct 21, 2014
NEWS Release 0.3.0 Dec 20, 2016 Note `libxml2-utils` as a dependency in the readme Dec 31, 2018
acinclude.m4 Reworked lxterminal man page generation. Jun 24, 2009 Merge branch 'm5w/geometry-x-y' of Dec 31, 2018


LXTerminal is a VTE-based terminal emulator with support for multiple tabs. It is completely desktop-independent and does not have any unnecessary dependencies. In order to reduce memory usage and increase the performance all instances of the terminal are sharing a single process.

Building and installation


This dependency is listed as the package name used in Debian. If your distribution is neither Debian nor its derivatives, you could find equivalents for your target distribution.

Basic requirements for building:

  • libglib2.0-dev
  • libgtk2.0-dev
  • libvte-dev
  • autotools-dev
  • intltool

For generating man pages (./configure --enable-man):

  • xsltproc
  • libxml2-utils
  • docbool-xml
  • docbook-xsl

Building on Debian, Ubuntu or their derivatives from git

You may try:

# Install tools and build dependencies
sudo apt install git xsltproc libxml2-utils docbook-xml docbook-xsl
sudo apt build-dep lxterminal

# Get the source code from git
git clone
cd lxterminal

# Build and install
./configure --enable-man
sudo make install

Note that if you get the message E: You must put some 'source' URIs in your sources.list, it means you need to add deb-src URI into /etc/apt/sources.list to find the build dependencies. Try duplicating the URI of the main repository and replace deb with deb-src.

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