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sakura - A simple but powerful libvte-based terminal emulator.


sakura [options...]


sakura is a terminal emulator based on GTK+ and VTE. It's a terminal emulator with few dependencies, so you don't need a full GNOME desktop installed to have a decent terminal emulator.


-?, --help
Show help options.
Show all help options
Show GTK+ Options


Print version number
Select initial terminal font
Select initial number of tabs
Execute command
Execute command (compatible with xterm's -e option)
Login shell
Set columns number
Set rows number
Hold window after execute command
Set working directory
Maximize window
Fullscreen mode
X display to use
Use alternate configuration file. Path is relative to the sakura config dir. (Example: ~/.config/sakura/FILENAME).


Program class as used by the window manager
Program name as used by the window manager
X screen to use
Make X calls synchronous
Load additional GTK+ modules
Make all warnings fatal


This list of options is currently incomplete.


sakura supports keyboard bindings. They are configurable by setting the following properties in your sakura config file (~/.config/sakura/sakura.conf).


Accelerators can be set to any mask value from the GdkModifierType in gdktypes.h; see:

Mask values can be combined by ORing them.

For example, to set the delete tab accelerator to Ctrl + Shift:


because GDK_SHIFT_MASK has a value of 1 (1 << 0), and GDK_CONTROL_MASK has a value of 4 (1 << 2); ORing them together, you get 5.

I realise that this configuration is not so friendly to non-programmers, but it is a start. :)


For example, to set the add tab key to 'T':


Before sakura used keycodes instead of strings. They're still valid.


    Ctrl + Shift + T                 -> New tab
    Ctrl + Shift + W                 -> Close current tab
    Ctrl + Shift + C                 -> Copy selected text
    Ctrl + Shift + V                 -> Paste selected text
    Ctrl + Left cursor               -> Previous tab
    Ctrl + Right cursor              -> Next tab
    Ctrl + [1-9]                     -> Switch to tab N (1-9)
    Ctrl + Shift + S                 -> Toggle scrollbar
    Ctrl + Shift + Mouse left button -> Open link
    F11                              -> Fullscreen
    Shift + PageUp                   -> Move up through scrollback by page
    Shift + PageDown                 -> Move down through scrollback by page
    Ctrl + Shift + Up                -> Move up through scrollback by line
    Ctrl + Shift + Down              -> Move down through scrollback by line

You can also increase and decrease the font size in the GTK+ standard way (not configurable):

    Ctrl + '+'                       -> Increase font size
    Ctrl + '-'                       -> Decrease font size


sakura is hosted on Launchpad. Bugs can be filed at:


sakura was written by David Gómez <>.

This manual page was written by Andrew Starr-Bochicchio <>.

Both are released under the GNU General Public License, version 2 or later.

2023-07-05 3.8.7