Cross-platform, fast, feature-rich, GPU based terminal (by kovidgoyal)

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  • Show HN: Shpool, a Lightweight Tmux Alternative
    17 projects | | 13 Jun 2024
    Oh, this might be the missing piece of the puzzle for me to get rid of tmux!

    I've been using screen/tmux for a long time. Recently I switched to kitty[0] locally. I like kitty a lot! But I've been stuck with tmux on my servers for session persistence.


  • Ask HN: What macOS apps/programs do you use daily and recommend?
    38 projects | | 9 Jun 2024
    Besides the usual Firefox/Chrome, Spotify, etc I use the following:

    - Karabiner-Elements for key remapping, specifically, for making caps lock into ctrl/esc. I don't know of anything else that does this job. Everyone who remaps keys seems to use this.

    - Kitty as my terminal of choice. I spend most of my time logged in remotely to a server via ssh where I attach to a tmux session. Kitty was easy enough to configure/theme and seems well-documented.

    - Hammerspoon[2] for a DIY automation/keybinding/window management sys scriptable via lua. I use a private fork of this config:

    - Vivid[3] to make my macbook's screen brighter when outdoors on sunny days. This is important for me, since I try to spend as much time outside as possible.





  • `tmux` is worse is better
    7 projects | | 25 May 2024
    It's not like Goyal doesn't accept any patches [1].

    I don't use kitty myself, but many people who do seem to love it. I've come around to feel that this is truly a maintainer's judgment call. After all, they are almost always stuck maintaining the code no matter who wrote it initially, and they know better than anyone else what code they're personally comfortable maintaining.

    More generally, if you like a piece of software enough, you're implicitly trusting the maintainers' judgment. You're certainly not reviewing every single line of code they write to see if you agree with it.

    The miserable survival rate of hostile forks also demonstrates that even if people care enough to fork over one issue, they rarely care enough to maintain the overall project long-term, despite implicitly asking the original maintainers to do the exact same thing.


  • Alacritty – A fast, cross-platform, OpenGL terminal emulator
    10 projects | | 21 May 2024
    My understanding is that kitty has an automatic (opt-out) update feature [0][1]. I don't really like the idea of a terminal doing that.

    However I like the fact that kitty developer(s) actively improved the state of the terminal emulation with their new keyboard and graphic protocols [2].




  • Just How Much Faster Are the Gnome 46 Terminals?
    8 projects | | 8 Apr 2024
    And kitty is much faster according to this:

    Also typometer based measurements also on Linux. Shrug.

  • Level Up Your Dev Workflow: Conquer Web Development with a Blazing Fast Neovim Setup (Part 1)
    12 projects | | 16 Mar 2024
    kitty (Linux & Macos)
  • Warp, the modern terminal, is now available for Linux
    1 project | | 22 Feb 2024
    A terminal with built-in telemetry and a pricing model... Just what I never wanted!

    To avoid being too negative, I'll offer the option of Kitty[1]. My current favorite terminal. Supports many features.

    Including my personal favorites:

    * ctrl+c (as opposed to stupid things like ctrl+shift+c) to copy data only when you have content selected. Otherwise, ctrl+c sends a sigint like normal.

    * font ligature support (a controversial feature)


  • Non-code contributions are the secret to open source success
    10 projects | | 13 Feb 2024
    The ncurses/xterm maintainer also had quite a lot of friction with the developer of the kitty terminal emulator.

  • I Just Wanted Emacs to Look Nice – Using 24-Bit Color in Terminals
    7 projects | | 30 Jan 2024
    IME, this is like the golden age of terminal apps in general and macOS-compatible ones in particular. There are several really good terminals for macOS:

    [iTerm2 app](

    [Kitty terminal](

    [WezTerm terminal](


    My daily driver is WezTerm…

    - Runs on Linux, macOS, Windows 10 and FreeBSD

    - [Multiplex terminal panes, tabs and windows on local and remote hosts, with native mouse and scrollback](

    - [Ligatures](, Color Emoji and font fallback, with true color and [dynamic color schemes](

    - [Hyperlinks](

    - [Searchable Scrollback]( (use mouse wheel and `Shift-PageUp` and `Shift PageDown` to navigate, Ctrl-Shift-F to activate search mode)

    - xterm style selection of text with mouse; paste selection via `Shift-Insert` (bracketed paste is supported!)

    - SGR style mouse reporting (works in vim and tmux)

    - Render underline, double-underline, italic, bold, strikethrough (most other terminal emulators do not support as many render attributes)

    - Configuration via a [configuration file]( with hot reloading

    - Multiple Windows (Hotkey: `Super-N`)

    - Splits/Panes (Split horizontally/vertically: `Ctrl-Shift-Alt-%` and `Ctrl-Shift-Alt-"`, move between panes: `Ctrl-Shift-ArrowKey`)

    - Tabs (Hotkey: `Super-T`, next/prev: `Super-Shift-[` and `Super-Shift-]`, go-to: `Super-[1-9]`)

    - [SSH client with native tabs](

    - [Connect to serial ports for embedded/Arduino work](

    - Connect to a local multiplexer server over unix domain sockets

    - Connect to a remote multiplexer using SSH or TLS over TCP/IP

    - iTerm2 compatible image protocol support, and built-in [imgcat command](

    - Kitty graphics support

    - Sixel graphics support (experimental: starting in `20200620-160318-e00b076c`)

  • Kitty shortcuts work only with Latin characters - How to fix?
    2 projects | | 28 Jan 2024
    While researching how to fix the issue I found this GitHub issue with the fun number 606 (almost 666). First, I should say, that there is no easy solution. Shortly you have to specify for each shortcut mapping alternative with your keyboard layout. That means, for example, if your keyboard has Cyrillic "м" instead of Latin "v" then for making work CMD+V you should add also into configuration an additional line with "м".
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kovidgoyal/kitty is an open source project licensed under GNU General Public License v3.0 only which is an OSI approved license.

The primary programming language of kitty is Python.

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