Is there a 32 bit version available?

At this time there are no plans for an official 32 bit version of Tilix available. Building, testing and supporting on 32 bit is a significant effort that we’d rather devote to development. The number of people using 32 bit Linux on the desktop is rather small and shrinking all the time so we feel it’s the right choice at this time. Having said that, if people want to build and test Tilix on a 32 bit platform please feel free. If there are any issues, we’d be happy to accept any PRs to fix these issues. Do note though that no official project testing/support is being done to support 32 bit.

Why use D instead of <insert language> here

My background is in Java and J2EE and while I do some Python programming (via Jython), I have a preference for statically typed languages in the C family. I’ve played around with D in the past and have been impressed with it’s language design and efficiency in comparison and coming from Java it was relatively easy to learn. Finally, D has a very complete GTK binding in the form of GtkD whereas other languages I considered (Go and Rust) do not.

How can I make Tilix my default terminal?

For debian distributions you can run the following in a terminal:

sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator

And then pick Tilix from menu.

How can I disable DBus Activation?

Tilix has DBus activation enabled in the launcher. While for the vast majority of users this does not cause any issues, there have been a few edge cases found in rare situations such as the one identified here. If you are having this or an issue where the behavior of Tilix is subtlely different then Gnome Terminal, you can try to disable DBus Activation.

To do so, follow these instructions:

  • Modify the /usr/share/applications/com.gexperts.Tilix.desktop file and change the line DBusActivatable=true to be DBusActivatable=false
  • Log out and back in again


What are notifications?

Tilix has a feature whereby it can send a notification to the desktop when a long running processes ends and tilix is not visible. Additionally, if tilix is the top level window but the process ended in a session which is not visible tilix will display the notification in the header bar.

Why aren’t notifications working for me?

Currently notifications in Tilix required a version of the VTE widget that was patched by Fedora. This patch has not yet been accepted by upstream but is available in some other distributions such as Arch. In Arch it is available via the vte-notification-common and vte3-notification packages.

I have the notification packages but it’s still not working

One reason this feature doesn’t work on Arch is because of the VTE configuration issue. Please see this page for more information on it and how to correct it.

User Interface

Why are the terminal title bars so large?

Tilix complies with the Gnome HIG and the UI of tilix is inspired by Gnome Builder. There is an option in Preferences to either shrink the terminal title bars or hide them completely.

Why aren’t sessions displayed as tabs?

While we don’t have anything against a tabbed user interface, we really wanted to try something different with Tilix. Most text editors use tabbed interfaces for navigating between open files, Gnome Builder is trying something different in this regard and we were curious to see how well this would work for a terminal emulator.

This was discussed as part of Issue #12 which has been closed, there are no plans to support tabs in the future.

When I split a terminal it starts in the home directory instead of inheriting the directory

In Tilix the intention is that a split terminal should open in the same directory as the terminal that was split. The issue is caused by an issue in VTE configuration. This page has more information on the issue and how to correct it.

Is it possible to use the new overlay scrollbars introduced in Adwaita?

No, unfortunately using those require the use of a GTKScrolledWindow which is not supported by the VTE widget as per upstream.

How come my scrollbars are not transparent like in Adwaita?

Making scrollbars transparent requires CSS specific to that theme. At this time only Adawita, Ambiance, Radiance and the author’s personal theme, Lavender, are supported.

Where is the option to get the cool colored prompts like in the screenshots?

That comes from powerline and is not something Tilix provides.

I set a background image in preferences but it is not visible, how do I fix this?

Background images requires transparency to work, in order to view the background image you need to adjust the transparency slider in the appropriate profile.