Three ways to configure Ubuntu command line

If you also like to carry out all your tasks through the Terminal, like me, you might as well notice how boring its black background and white and gray text sometimes become. Fortunately, there are several ways to add some life and colors to the command line. Some try to change the background to pleasing solid colors; while others change text color and font. In this article, we will talk about three ways to configure interaction with the terminal:

  • Change terminal font
  • Change wallpaper
  • Set up a call terminal

If the Terminal is so boring, why do we use the command line at all?

If you are a terminal savvy person, you will not want to leave the command line and go somewhere else to perform any of your daily technical activities. There is always a way to do almost all of our things right in the Terminal. Using the Terminal makes certain tasks more efficient and even faster. The command line tools do not consume too many resources and, thus, form excellent alternatives to widely used graphical applications, especially if you are stuck on old hardware.

So, let’s look at how you can customize the Ubuntu command line to suit your visual needs on the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system.

Change terminal font

If you are afraid that the default font size may damage your eyesight in the long run, or if the font itself does not like your eyes, there are ways to change this. The terminal interface is more customizable than you think. Setting the font size is just one of many settings that you can configure to work on the command line.

Please follow these steps to configure your terminal text font:

Step 1: Open Terminal

Open the “Terminal” application using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + T or by accessing it through a search in the application launcher as follows:

Step 2: Access Terminal Settings

Terminal settings allow you to make several settings for your overall terminal experience. This also includes changing the font and font size of the terminal text. There are two ways to access the Preferences view:

1. Open the “Edit” menu and select “Settings” as follows:

Terminal settings

2. Right-click in the terminal window and select “Settings” in the menu as follows:

Right click in terminal

The settings view opens in the next view. By default, the settings window opens. Settings allow you to create your own profiles, which you can apply to your terminal according to your needs. However, we will use this default Nameless profile to edit the font settings:

Terminal settings

Step 3: Change Settings

In the Settings view, try to find the Custom Font option, which is not checked by default. Now that you want to enable the custom font, select this option and then click the “Type and Size of Font” button. By default, this button will have the selected font Monospace Regular 12. When you click this button, the following option “Select Terminal Font” will open:

Change terminal font

This dialog allows you to search for a font, view a list of fonts, and preview a selected font. Select the desired font, and then enter the text size using the slider or input field.

Then click the “Select” button located in the upper right corner of the dialog box to confirm your choice. This will return you to the settings window:

Custom font

Click the Close button, and you will see the newly selected font and font size included in your terminal:

New font included in Ubuntu Terminal

With this simple method, you can adjust the size of the text and font of your terminal in accordance with what is convenient and pleasant for your eyes.

Change terminal wallpaper

Here we will introduce you to a way to configure the terminal, which makes it brighter and more vibrant by changing its wallpaper. Prior to the release of Ubuntu 18.04, the Terminal had a feature that allowed you to easily change the wallpaper. Now that this feature has been removed, we had to look for other ways to get a catchy background.

Please follow these steps to increase the background transparency of your terminal. Thus, your desktop wallpaper will be visible directly through the Terminal and will act as the wallpaper of the Terminal.

The first thing you will do is to access the terminal settings, as described in the section “Changing the terminal font” above.

In the “Colors” view in the terminal settings, try to find the option “Use transparency from the system theme”, which is set by default. Uncheck this box to maintain transparency.

Change terminal wallpaper and use transparent terminal background

The option “Use transparent background” will become available now. Check this option and set the transparency to full. Close this view by clicking the Close button, and you can see the desktop background of your Ubuntu, visible through the Terminal, acting as the wallpaper of your Terminal.

Changes Terminal Wallpaper

Terminal call setup

If you are a frequent user of the Terminal or even a beginner, you may hear an annoying beep when you do something that is “forbidden”. For example, if you are in your terminal and press the Backspace key when there are no characters to delete, this call will ring. Another case when this call is played is when you try to complete a command using tabs, although there are no completions for it. If you still can’t understand what kind of sound we are talking about, try the following command in your terminal and you will find out how this terminal call sounds:

$ echo -e 'a'

The solution for muffling this annoying sound is through the Terminal itself. All you have to do is use the terminal settings interface to mute this sound. Thus, you can focus more on work, rather than experiencing a disturbing sound that only distracts you.

Please follow these steps to disconnect the terminal call from the terminal itself:

The first thing you will do is to access the terminal settings, as described in the section “Changing the terminal font” above.

In the “Settings” window, try to find “Terminal call”In the category“ Sound ”. This option is enabled by default, which means the hardware beep is on.

Set up terminal call

Clear this check box to disable the terminal ringing. Click on the “Close” button and check the terminal’s call; it will not beep for any trigger. You can easily check this by pressing the “Backspace” or “Tab” key if nothing is entered on the command line.

Thus, these were three ways you can customize the look of your Ubuntu terminal and gain even more command line power.

Three ways to configure Ubuntu command line