Get a Full Screen Mac OS X Terminal Now with iTerm2
Don’t want to wait for the full screen Terminal in Mac OS X Lion? Me neither, and we don’t have to thanks to iTerm2.
The latest build of iTerm2 features the ability to enter into a true full screen terminal mode. Just launch iTerm2 and hit Command+Return to enter into full screen. One of our readers pointed this out in the comments of the Lion Terminal post, so thanks to nlo for that tip.
I would recommend grabbing the latest nightly build, I’ve been using it nonstop now without incident and it seems very stable.
Full screen mode is made even better with the ability to set a system wide hot-key to activate the app, this lets you run in full screen but switch between any apps and back into iTerm2 with ease instantly from anywhere. It’s also visually appealing, outside of the TermKit project it is easily the most customizable and attractive command line app for Mac OS X. This is partially because the latest iTerm2 includes some of the exact same eye-candy features that also come in Lion’s Terminal.app, most notably the transparent background blur.
The above screenshot shows top running in a blurred transparent window, the below screenshot shows top running in a blurred image window.
We’ve discussed iTerm2 here before, specifically in it’s ability to split the Terminal window into separate panes, a feature that is lacking in the Mac OS X Terminal.app.