Which terminal?

Published on June 26, 2013
Choose rxvt-unicode.

When setting up FreeBSD, I needed to choose a terminal emulator. Not being especially familiar with all this, my criteria were:

  • actively supported
  • handles unicode properly
  • reasonably fast
  • don’t waste ages deciding
  • available in ports


time seq -f 'omgomgomg %g' 100000

We find for xterm:

real    0m13.525s
user    0m0.058s
sys     0m0.050s

and for uxrvt:

real	0m0.351s
user	0m0.060s
sys	0m0.068s

Good enough for me.

rxvt-unicode website.