rxvt-unicode - Terminal emulator for geeks

As a linux user, I spend most of my time in terminal emulators. There are alot of emulators available today but none can beat rxvt-unicode.

The biggest problem most new linux users face is how to configure it. Today I'll explain how you can use it to your needs.

Most distros package it with less features enabled. I always compile it from source. So let's start and in the end you'll end up with a perfect terminal emulator.

Get the source and compile it.

$ wget http://dist.schmorp.de/rxvt-unicode/Attic/rxvt-unicode-9.22.tar.bz2
$ tar xvf rxvt-unicode-9.22.tar.bz2
$ cd rxvt-unicode-9.22
$ ./configure --enable-everything --enable-256-color
$ make
# make install

--enable-everything will compile all things for us except 256 color support. So keep that in mind.

So now rxvt-unicode is installed, just execute it. You won't like it out of the box. We have to configure it


rxvt-unicode reads the configuration from two files, ~/.Xresources or ~/.Xdefaults. So here I'm gonna put my ~/.Xdefaults, just copy it to your home directory as ~/.Xdefaults.

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! Colors

*.foreground:  #fffaf4
*.background:  #0e1019
*.cursorColor: #ff0018
*.color0:      #232323
*.color8:      #444444
*.color1:      #ff000f
*.color9:      #ff2740
*.color2:      #8ce10b
*.color10:     #abe15b
*.color3:      #ffb900
*.color11:     #ffd242
*.color4:      #008df8
*.color12:     #0092ff
*.color5:      #6d43a6
*.color13:     #9a5feb
*.color6:      #00d8eb
*.color14:     #67fff0
*.color7:      #ffffff
*.color15:     #ffffff
*.colorBD:     #9e9c9a

! Fonts

URxvt*font:              -misc-tamzen-medium-r-normal--20-145-100-100-c-100-iso8859-1,\
                        -misc-tamzenforpowerline-medium-r-normal--20-145-100-100-c-100-iso10646-1, \
                        xterm: -misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-120-75-75-c-60-iso10646-1, \
                        xft:DejaVu Sans:pixelsize=18
URxvt*boldFont:          -misc-tamzenforpowerline-bold-r-normal--20-145-100-100-c-100-iso8859-1, \
                        xft:Inconsolata:bold:size=16:antialias=true, \
                        xft:DejaVu Sans:bold:size=16:antialias=true, \
URxvt*termName:                       rxvt-unicode-256color
URxvt*geometry:                       96x30
URxvt*chdir:                          /home/abdullah
URxvt*reverseVideo:                   0
URxvt*loginShell:                     1
URxvt*multiClickTime:                 0.1
URxvt*jumpScroll:                     1
URxvt*skipScroll:                     1
URxvt*pastableTabs:                   1
URxvt*scrollstyle:                    plain
URxvt*scrollBar:                      0
URxvt*scrollBar_right:                0
URxvt*scrollBar_floating:             0
URxvt*scrollBar_align:                centre
URxvt*thickness:                      0
URxvt*scrollTtyOutput:                0
URxvt*scrollTtyKeypress:              1
URxvt*scrollWithBuffer:               1
URxvt*inheritPixmap:                  0
URxvt*transparent:                    0
URxvt*tintColor:                      #ffffff
URxvt*shading:                        145
URxvt*blurRadius:                     1x65
URxvt*fading:                         25
URxvt*fadeColor:                      #008B8B
URxvt*utmpInhibit:                    1
URxvt*urgentOnBell:                   1
URxvt*visualBell:                     0
URxvt*mapAlert:                       1
URxvt*meta8:                          0
URxvt*mouseWheelScrollPage:           0
URxvt*tripleclickwords:               1
URxvt*insecure:                       0
URxvt*cursorUnderline:                1
URxvt*cursorBlink:                    0
URxvt*pointerBlank:                   1
!URxvt*colorBD:                        color
!URxvt*colorIT:                        color
!URxvt*colorUL:                        color
!URxvt*colorRV:                        color
!URxvt*underlineColor:                 color
!URxvt*scrollColor:                    color
!URxvt*troughColor:                    color
!URxvt*highlightColor:                 color
!URxvt*highlightTextColor:             color
!URxvt*cursorColor:                    color
!URxvt*cursorColor2:                   color
!URxvt*pointerColor:                   color
!URxvt*pointerColor2:                  color
!URxvt*borderColor:                    color
URxvt*path:                           /home/abdullah/pix
!URxvt*backgroundPixmap:               /home/abdullah/pix/bg.jpg;op=keep-aspect
URxvt*iconFile:                       /usr/share/pixmaps/terminal-tango.svg
URxvt*pointerShape:                   ul_angle
!URxvt*italicFont:                     fontname
!URxvt*boldItalicFont:                 fontname
URxvt*intensityStyles:                1
!URxvt*inputMethod:                    ibus
!URxvt*preeditType:                    xim
!URxvt*imLocale:                       ja_JP.EUC-JP
!URxvt*imFont:                         xft:Fura Code for Powerline:17
!URxvt*title:                          rxvt
!URxvt*iconName:                       rxvt
URxvt*saveLines:                      9999
URxvt*buffered:                       1
URxvt*depth:                          96
URxvt*visual:                         0x20
URxvt*override-redirect:              0
!URxvt*hold:                           1
URxvt*externalBorder:                 15
URxvt*internalBorder:                 15
URxvt*borderLess:                     0
URxvt*lineSpace:                      0
URxvt*letterSpace:                    0
URxvt*skipBuiltinGlyphs:              0
URxvt*pointerBlankDelay:              1
URxvt*print-pipe:                     cat >  /tmp/$(echo urxvt.dump.$(date +'%Y%M%d%H%m%S'))
URxvt*cutchars:                       \"()*,<>[]{}|''"\
URxvt*secondaryScreen:                1
URxvt*secondaryScroll:                1
URxvt*perl-lib:                       /home/abdullah/.urxvt/ext
URxvt*iso14755:                       1
URxvt*iso14755_52:                    1
URxvt*matcher.button:                 1
URxvt*url-launcher:               /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable
URxvt*url-select.underline:            1
URxvt*selection.pattern-0:            ([[:word:]]+)
URxvt*keysym.M-C-c:             selection:rot13
!URxvt*keysym.M-s:               searchable-scrollback:start
URxvt*perl-ext-common: vim
URxvt*clipboar-autocopy:                1
URxvt*vim-scrollback:                   M-s
URxvt*vim-scrollback-paste:             M-p


After copying the file, we have to load it.

$ xrdb -load ~/.Xdefaults

Now execute it. You may not have the fonts I use so maybe you face some errors. Just install those fonts or change them.

I also have written a post on How do I manage fonts for easy management of fonts you like.

Still have problems? Just lemme know and I'll be happy to assist you.