urxvt – the unbeatable terminal

urxvt is my favorite termimal 🙂

It renders fonts nicely, supports unicode and has various other interesting features.

I’ve also configured it to open links on mouse click!

To configure urxvt to look like the above screenshots, add the following in your ~/.Xdefaults file:


# how many lines you want it to save per session
URxvt*font: xft:Dejavu Sans Mono:pixelsize=11

# with this set to true, when an app sends a bell to the terminal, awesome hilights the appropriate tag(s) ;)
URxvt*urgentOnBell: true

# these three lines enable clicking on links to open them ;)
## if you want to enable tab support, append ,tabbed to the next line
## then use shift+down arrow to create tabs and shift+{left,right} arrows to switch between them
URxvt*perl-ext-common: default,matcher,-option-popup,-selection-popup,-realine
URxvt*matcher.button: 1
# don't forget to change this to your favorite browser
URxvt*urlLauncher: chromium


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9 Responses to “urxvt – the unbeatable terminal”

  1. […] urxvt – the unbeatable terminal […]

  2. Francois says:

    And does it have tabs?

    • wired says:

      I don’t like tabs, but yeah, it does have tab support 🙂

      Start urxvt with the following command: urxvt -pe tabbed
      or append ,tabbed to the URxvt*perl-ext-common line in your .Xdefaults,

      then use shift+down arrow to create a tab and shift+{left,right} arrows to switch between tabs.

  3. gcassonnet says:

    # you’ll have to create a separate script to actully open the browser
    Why exactly? I have this configuration :
    urxvt*urlLauncher: firefox
    And it’s working just fine.

    • wired says:

      Indeed 🙂 creating a script allows you to do stuff before launching the browser.
      I can’t remember the exact reason now but when I originally added this I ran more commands.

      I’ll adjust the post, thanks

  4. The last couple months i am using: lilyterm

    take a look on your free time

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  6. Derek says:

    Isnt this a bit misleading? Don’t you also need to install some perl add-ons for this to work. I don’t think just the bare urxvt terminal can do this.

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