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How to install Guake 3.7 on Ubuntu 20.04 and Linux Mint 20

Guake is a drop-down terminal for GNOME-based desktops with many cool features like split terminal functionality, session save and restore, transparency, 150+ built-in color schemes, and more.

Guake 3.7 Features

  • Main Guake features:
    • Drop-down terminal, is shown or hidden with a keyboard shortcut (can also automatically hide when it loses focus)
    • Supports tabs that can be renamed
    • Multi-monitor support (you can set it to a monitor, or you can have it appear on the display where the mouse is)
    • Split terminal functionality (have multiple vertical and horizontal terminals in the same window)
    • Quick open: click a file in the terminal output to open it with your favorite text editor
    • Session save/restore (by default it saves your previous session and restores it the next time you run Guake), as well as settings export and import
    • Workspace-specific tab sets (show a different tab set depending on current workspace). This only works on X11
    • Search in current terminal (Ctrl + Shift + F)
    • Many customization options: configure the window width, height and alignment, show the tabs at the top or bottom, set the window transparency, and more.
    • More than 130 built-in color palettes

Install Guake 3.7 on Ubuntu and Linux Mint

1. Install Guake 3.7 from PPA repository

Linux Uprising team maintains a PPA repository that contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 20.04 and Linux Mint 20.
Open terminal and run command to add the PPA:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linuxuprising/guake

Type user password, no asterisk feedback, when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.
Then run command to install the drop-down terminal application via commands:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install guake

Once installed, launch Guake Preferences from system application menu and enjoy!
[box type=”note” align=”” class=”” width=””]If an old version was installed previously, you may first kill Guake process or just reboot your machine to make it well working.[/box]

2. Installing Guake as a Snap Package

[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]First, see this post: How To Enable Snap Package Manager On Linux Mint 20[/box]
Launch a terminal by pressing CTRL+ALT+T on your Ubuntu or Linux Mint system. Then type below command to install Guake 3.7 from snap packages.

$ sudo snap install guake --edge

This will take few seconds to complete the installation. Once the command finishes, you can start using.
Guake starts hidden by default, so the first time you run it you won’t see any terminal window.
Press F12 to show the Guake window if you’re using X11 (this can be changed in the Guake Preferences). On Wayland, you’ll need to create a custom keyboard shortcut for the guake -t command (-t toggles the visibility of the terminal window).


In this article we are going to learn How to install Guake terminal in Ubuntu 20.04 and Linux Mint 20.
You may use any of these ways to install the Guake terminal, based on your preferences and ease of installation. If you have any questions about this article, use the comment form below to ask any questions or queries.

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  1. Item number 2 refers to skype (?), shouldn’t it say “2. Installing Guake as a Snap Package”?

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