How to install Guake Terminal and how to add it to autostart

Today I show you how to install Guake Terminal and how to add it to autostart. Guake is a great little dropdown-terminal. If you played games like Quake 3 (hence the name Guake), and remember pulling down the console with the circumflex(^) key to make some config changes, this is exactly what Guake is.

In this example, we use Linux Mint. But this will work on any Debian based distribution.

I wouldn’t want to live without it anymore.

It’s very easy to install, just log into your Mint installation and open a Terminal window.


sudo apt-get update

Followed by:

sudo apt-get install guake

Now we want to also add Guake to autostart, to it automatically starts every time you boot up your system.

Back in the terminal type:

sudo cp /usr/share/applications/guake.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/

Now reboot the system by typing:

sudo reboot now

Once back up you should recognize Guake starting along with your operating system.

Now if you press the F12 button you will get a drop-down terminal window, which is very convenient. By clicking on the little Page symbol on the right-hand side or by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+T you can create a new tab.

Now I prefer to have my Guake shortcut actually set on my circumflex (^) key, I go over to Menu and type: guake and I open Guake Preferences.

Here I click on Keyboard shortcuts and re-assign the Toggle Guake visibility key F12 to my circumflex key.

There are many more options you can set in those preferences, such as opacity of the console window, to be able to read text documents in the background while working in the terminal or things like this. Just look through it.

Now enjoy your new Quake-style terminal 🙂

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