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Virtual TErminal

VTE provides a virtual terminal widget for GTK applications.

Source & Releases

To get the source code, use

$ git clone

To get the source for a release version, use the corresponding git tag, or download a tarball at replacing

with the desired tag's name (e.g.


$ git clone  # Get the source code of VTE
$ cd vte                                        # Change to the toplevel directory
$ meson _build                                  # Run the configure script
$ ninja -C _build                               # Build VTE
[ Optional ]
$ ninja -C _build install                       # Install VTE to default `/usr/local`
  • By default, VTE will install under

    . You can customize the prefix directory by
    option, e.g. If you want to install VTE under
    , you should run
    meson _build --prefix=~/foobar
    . If you already run the configure script before, you should also pass
    option to it.
  • You may need to execute

    ninja -C _build install
    as root (i.e.
    sudo ninja -C _build install
    ) if installing to system directories.
  • If you wish to test VTE before installing it, you may execute it directly from its build directory. As

    directory, it should be
  • You can pass

    option to meson if you wish to enable debug function.


After installing VTE with

flag, you can use
variable to control VTE to print out the debug information
# You should change vte-[2.91] to the version you build
$ VTE_DEBUG=selection ./_build/src/app/vte-2.91

Or, you can mixup with multiple logging level

$ VTE_DEBUG=selection,draw,cell ./_build/src/app/vte-2.91

$ Or, you can use all to print out all logging message $ VTE_DEBUG=all ./_build/src/app/vte-2.91

For logging level information, please refer to enum VteDebugFlags.


Bugs should be filed here: Please note that this is not a support forum; if you are a end user, always file bugs in your distribution's bug tracker, or use their support forums.

If you want to provide a patch, please attach them to an issue in GNOME GitLab, in the format output by the git format-patch command.

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