Mac terminal emulator

runs on Mac
screenshot of iTerm2

While every new version of OS X has more and more cool stuff with a GUI front end, there will always be some things that you have to do at a command prompt through Terminal. Unfortunately, in moving into that world, you lose a lot of the features you have come to rely on in working with your Mac.

iTerm2 (successor to iTerm) is a terminal emulator program that, while giving you that all-important command prompt, also brings with it a host of other features. It features split panes, so you can look at multiple windows at the same time. Autocomplete helps you avoid the tedium of having to type the same commands over and over. Choose color combinations that make your text the most readable, as well as allowing you to keep your mouse cursor easily visible against a busy background. And it features Growl support, so if you have it running complicated commands in the background, like creating backups, uploading huge files, or compiling your latest app, it will let you know when it's done, so you can get on with the rest of your life, rather than babysitting your terminal.

You will need to be running Leopard (OS X 10.5) or Snow Leopard (10.6) to use iTerm2.

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