Install Hyper Terminal In Linux
Hyper Terminal is available as .deb package for Debian-based systems and .rpm package for RHEL-based systems. It is also available in AppImage format. So you can install it on any Linux distribution. Grab the suitable installation file for your Linux distribution from the releases page. As of writing this guide, the latest version was 3.0.2.
On Debian, Ubuntu and other DEB-based systems, download and install Hyper Terminal like below:
$ wget https://github.com/vercel/hyper/releases/download/3.0.2/hyper_3.0.2_amd64.deb
$ sudo apt install gdebi
$ sudo gdebi hyper_3.0.2_amd64.deb
On RHEL, CentOS, Fedora:
$ wget https://github.com/vercel/hyper/releases/download/3.0.2/hyper-3.0.2.x86_64.rpm
$ sudo dnf localinstall hyper-3.0.2.x86_64.rpm
$ yay -S hyper
Hyper is available as Nix package too. You can install it using Nix package manager like below:
$ nix-env -i hyper
On other Linux distributions, download the AppImage file:
$ wget https://github.com/vercel/hyper/releases/download/3.0.2/hyper-3.0.2-x86_64.AppImage
Go to the download location and make it executable:
$ chmod +x hyper-3.0.2-x86_64.AppImage
Finally, launch it using command:
If you have installed it using the package manager as shown above, launch it from Dash or Menu.
Here is how Hyper Terminal looks like in my Ubuntu 20.04 LTS desktop:
As you can see, the default look of Hyper terminal is simple and clean. Good thing is we can customize and change the default look to something colorful and eye-candy!
Hyper Terminal Usage
There is a hamburger menu (three horizontal bars) on the top left corner of Hyper terminal. Upon clicking on this, you will see a few menu items such as File, Edit, View, Plugins, Window, Help. Each menu contains one or more sub-menu that allows you to perform different operations with a mouse click.
You can also do most of the operations from right click context menu as well.
Open new tabs / windows
To open a new tab in the current terminal window, press CTRL+SHIFT+T. You can switch between tabs by pressing CTRL+1, CTRL+2 …. CTRL+9.
To open a new terminal window, press CTRL+SHIFT+N. You can do this from right click context menu.
Furthermore, you can split your Terminal window either horizontally or vertically or both at the same time. To do so, simply right click on the terminal and choose “Split Horizontally” or “Split Vertically”. It comes in handy when you want to run multiple tasks/commands simultaneously.
Configure Hyper terminal
The look and feel of Hyper terminal can be changed by editing its global configuration file ~/.hyper.js. As you already have guessed, the config file is in JSON format.
To open hyper terminal configuration file, right click on the hyper terminal and click “Preferences” option. The config file will open in your default text editor.
In this configuration file, you can define various parameters or properties such as;
- font size, font family, font weight,
- line height,
- letter spacing,
- cursor color, cursor shape, cursor blink,
- terminal foreground/background colors,
- show/hide hamburger menu,
- add custom CSS,
- install plugins and themes,
- enable/disable copy on selection,
- enable/disable terminal bell sound,
- and a few more.
For instance, to change the font size, the following line should be modified in the .hyper.js file like below:
Replace “16” with your desired font size. Save and close the file.
As soon as you saved the changes, the font size will be automatically updated. Have a look at the following screenshots:
Default font size:
This is how letters appears in my Terminal after changing the font size:
To change font family, find and modify the following line with your desired font family:
fontFamily: 'Menlo, "DejaVu Sans Mono", Consolas, "Lucida Console", monospace',
The first font will be used by default. If the first font is not available, the subsequent fonts will be used.
Another notable property is “copyOnSelect:, which allows you to copy the test upon selection. By default, this feature is disabled. To enable it, find the following line and set its value as “true”.
Don’t forget to save the changes.
Similarly, we can customize other parameters as per our liking. All options are self-explanatory, so it is not that difficult to configure hyper terminal.
Install plugins and themes for Hyper Terminal
Hyper terminal has a lot of cool plugins and themes to enhance the functionality and look of your terminal.
To install plugins, right click anywhere on the Hyper terminal window and choose “Preferences”. Now the ~/.hyper.js file will load in your default editor.
Find the line that starts with “plugins ” property and add the plugins on by one that you want to install like below:
plugins: [ "hyper-snazzy", "hyper-systray", "hyper-opacity", "hyper-tab-icons", "hyperborder" ],
Save the changes. The plugins will be automatically installed and enabled.
To view the changes, you should reload the Hyper terminal. To do so, click the hamburger menu -> View -> Full reload.
Here is how Hyper terminal looks like after installing the above plugins:
Beautiful, isn’t it? There are many more useful plugins available here.
Installing themes is same as above. Just add the theme name in “Plugins ” property. For example, I am gong to add “Star Wars” theme. To do so, I added the following under “Plugins” property:
plugins: [ "hyper-snazzy", "hyper-systray", "hyper-opacity", "hyper-tab-icons", "hyperborder", "hyper-star-wars" ],
Click save button and reload the terminal to view the changes.
Here is Star Wars theme in action:
You can find the list of available themes here.
To remove a theme or plugin, just remove the corresponding line from the ~/.hyper.js file. Save the changes and the plugin/theme will automatically be removed.
Manage themes and plugins using Hyper plugin manager
Instead of messing with ~/.hyper.js file, you can use “hyper” plugin manager to install, list, search and remove plugins and themes for your Hyper terminal.
For example, to install “hyper-clean” theme, simply run the following command:
$ hyper install hyper-clean
$ hyper i hyper-clean
This command will automatically add an entry in ~/.hyper.js file and enable the theme or plugin immediately.
To list the installed plugins and themes, run:
$ hyper list
$ hyper ls
hyper-snazzy hyper-systray hyper-opacity hyper-tab-icons hyperborder hyper-material-theme
To search for themes and plugins, do:
$ hyper search
To remove a theme or plugin, for example hyper-material-theme, run:
$ hyper u hyper-material-theme
$ hyper uninstall hyper-material-theme
$ hyper rm hyper-material-theme
$ hyper remove hyper-material-theme
For getting help, run:
$ hyper --help Usage: hyper [options] [command] Commands: <default> Launch Hyper d, docs, h, home Open the npm page of a plugin help Display help i, install Install a plugin ls, list List installed plugins lsr, list-remote, ls-remote List plugins available on npm s, search Search for plugins on npm u, uninstall, rm, remove Uninstall a plugin version Show the version of hyper Options: -h, --help Output usage information -v, --verbose Verbose mode (disabled by default)
For more details about Hyper terminal, check the projects website and github page. Also check the “Awesome-hyper” github repository for delightful Hyper plugins, themes, and resources.
There are many more features which I don’t aware yet. I will learn more about Hyper terminal and update this guide accordingly.
I am using Deepin Terminal now. After using Hyper terminal for a last few days, I quite like it. I guess I will stick with it for a while.
Have you tried it already? Put your thoughts on this in the comment section below.