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Container-oriented terminal Source


Ptyxis is a terminal for GNOME that focuses on ease-of-use in a world of containers.


  • Remembers current container when opening a new tab with support for podman, toolbox, distrobox, and more
  • Configurable keyboard shortcuts
  • Modern interface which integrates the palette with the window styling
  • User-installable color palettes
  • Support for preferences profiles with container integration
  • Integrated color palettes with light and dark support
  • Tabbed interface with tab overviews
  • Efficient foreground process tracking denoting sudo and SSH
  • Support for transparent terminal backgrounds
  • Separate process mode for terminal-based applications
  • Support for pinned tabs and saved sessions
  • Terminal tabs are run within separate cgroups
  • Terminal inspector to help when writing terminal-based applications


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Mobile Fit: 5

Perfect - this app fits your phone screen just fine out of the box and works nicely with touch input!

Project status: early

This project has been in development for a short time only. It should work mostly fine, but expect bugs and an incomplete featureset.


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Packaging status

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Get it on Flathub!

Install as flatpak: https://flathub.org/apps/app.devsuite.Ptyxis.flatpakref

Build and install your own flatpak: https://gitlab.gnome.org/chergert/ptyxis/-/raw/main/org.gnome.Ptyxis.Devel.json

If you're lucky*, you can install this app by just hitting this button:


* You need to have an appstream:// handler, e.g., GNOME Software or KDE Discover, installed and the app needs to be available in a configured software repository, more details.

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Licensing and technical details

License: GPL-3.0-or-later Metadata: CC0-1.0

Frameworks: GTK4 libadwaita

Programming languages: C

Build system: meson

AppStream Metadata URL: https://gitlab.gnome.org/chergert/ptyxis/-/raw/main/data/org.gnome.Ptyxis.metainfo.xml.in.in