Looking for a terminal emulator and a developer suite in one? Upterm has you covered.Â The best way to install Upterm on Linux is to grab the AppImage. The developers have gone this way because it can be a bit of a pain to have to make packages for a ton of different Linux distributions.
To get started, go to the releases page and download the latest version of the AppImage. Once downloaded, open up a terminal window and use theÂ mkdirÂ command to create an AppImage folder.
Creating an AppImage folder is a great idea because of how these types of files work. The instant you open them, they run and develop references in that folder. If you open an AppImage file directly from theÂ ~/DownloadsÂ directory, you may end up accidentally deleting it, or forget what the file is for. Having a dedicated folder is a solution to these problems.
Note: use a “.” if you wish to hide your AppImage folder from view. Keep in mindÂ that hiding this folder will make things a little more tedious. You will need to click “show hidden files” to launch the file for the first time.
Place the Upterm AppImage inside the new folder (located in yourÂ /home/username/ directory). Then, using theÂ chmodÂ command, update the permissions of the file so that it can execute as a program. Changing permissions is critical, or Upterm will not work correctly.
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chmod +xÂ upterm-0.4.3-x86_64-linux.AppImage
With the permissions updated, go toÂ ~/AppImages and select “open” to start it for the first time.
Please keep in mind that because Upterm is distributed via a downloadable AppImage file, you’ll need to check the release page for a new version periodically. To update, go to ~/AppImages, delete the old file, replace it with the new one. Update the permissions (as shown above).
Desktop Shortcut For Upterm
Since the Upterm client is an AppImage, users can go toÂ ~/AppImagesÂ inside theÂ /home/username/ folder, double-click on the file and run it with ease. However, if you’d like to be able to launch this program like any other one, you’ll need to create an individual desktop shortcut file. Here’s how to do it.
First, use the wget tool to download the image we will use for the icon:
cd ~/AppImages wgetÂ https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/188928/30751825-360450ec-9fc3-11e7-879e-8b6af737b11b.png
UsingÂ mvÂ rename the image file.
mvÂ 30751825-360450ec-9fc3-11e7-879e-8b6af737b11b.png uptermicon.png
Then move the terminal back to your Home folder. From there, open up the Nano text editor to create a new desktop shortcut.
cd ~/ sudo nano upterm.desktop
Write this code (or paste it in with Ctrl + Shift + V):
Comment=A terminal emulator for the 21st century.
Be sure to changeÂ the usernameÂ in the code above to the name of the user you will be using Upterm on. With all the information entered, pressÂ Ctrl + OÂ to save, andÂ Ctrl + XÂ to exit Nano. Then, update the permissions of the file, usingÂ chmod.
sudo chmod +x upterm.desktop
Finally, install the shortcut to the system by using theÂ mvÂ command.
sudo mv upterm.desktop /usr/share/applications/
Please keep in mind that each time you update upterm, you will need to changeÂ
Exec= in the desktop file. Here’s how:
sudo nanoÂ /usr/share/applications/upterm.desktop
Exec=/home/username/AppImages/upterm-0.4.3-x86_64-linux.AppImage and change it to the new filename you downloaded. Save the changes you’ve made to theÂ upterm.desktop file in Nano withÂ Ctrl + O.
Want to uninstall Upterm from the system? Here’s how. First, delete the desktop shortcut fromÂ /usr/share/applications/.
sudo rm /usr/share/applications/upterm.desktop
Then, delete the file from theÂ ~/AppImages folder.
When both of these files are removed from the system, Upterm should disappear from the menus. Feel free to also delete the icon image from the folder as well with:
Arch Linux Instructions
The AppImage should work on 99% of Linux distributions, but if you’re on Arch Linux and you would rather install Upterm as a native application, you’ll need to grab it from the AUR. First, you’ll need to grab the “git” package to interact with the AUR. Install it using the Pacman package manager.
sudo pacman -S git
Now that you’ve got theÂ gitÂ tool, use it to clone the latest version of the Upterm PKGBUILD file.
git cloneÂ https://aur.archlinux.org/upterm.git
Now that the PKGBUILD is on your PC, use theÂ CDÂ command to navigate to the upterm folder.
Run theÂ makepkgÂ command to start the build process. When running this command withÂ theÂ -siÂ option, Arch will go out and automatically install any dependencies that it can find via the official software repositories. Somtimes it doesn’t get all of them. If this happens, you’ll need to go over to the Upterm AUR page and install them manually.
Uninstall Upterm from Arch Linux at any time using Pacman -R.
sudo pacman -R upterm