Yos Riady software craftsman 🌱

Customizing iTerm2 into a Quake-style terminal

So I’ve gotten used to the Yakuake / Quake-style terminals on my Ubuntu Fedora work laptop over the past couple of months, and I thought about setting up a similar dropdown terminal on my Macbook.

In this post, I’d like to go through the process of configuring your iTerm2 to emulate this behaviour.

Start by going to Preferences > Profiles > Keys in your iTerm2 menu,


and in the Hotkey section on the lower left, tick the checkbox that says Show/hide iTerm2 with a system wide hotkey. I use F12. And you’re done! You now have a Quake-style terminal on Mac OSX with minimal effort.

With default settings, the Hotkey Profile window will stretch across the top of the screen, and the hotkey will drop the window down from the top, complete with animation.

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Yos is a software craftsman based in Singapore.

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