Open different profiles in tabs in Ubuntu terminal

add multiple profiles in terminal in ubuntu linux

How to open different terminal profiles in different tabs

This has been tested on Ubuntu 18.04 (bionic beaver).

So let’s start:

Open the terminal app in Ubuntu with CTRL+ALT+T

In the Edit menu of the Terminal app, click Preferences

In the Profiles option click the + button beside it.

We’ll create 2 different profiles:

A profile with a Dark opaque background and A profile with a Light transparent background.

We’ll give them very creative names… umm…

Let’s call the profile with dark opaque background as Dark and the light transparent background as Light. Wow! Awesome!

If you have clicked the + button like mentioned above, let’s name the first profile as Dark

Click on the Dark profile in the left menu and go to Colors tab, the second tab on the top right side.

And now, Uncheck the option of Use transparency from system theme and Check the option for Use transparent background and set it to Left most at None like so…

So we are done with our Dark profile.

In the same manner lets add the Light profile too.

Click on the Light profile in the left menu and go to Colors tab, the second tab on the top right side, Uncheck the option of Use transparency from system theme and Check the option for Use transparent background and this time set it to around 90% towards the Right side of the slider to get a transparent background like below…

And now, lets go to File options in the Terminal app and click on New Tab to open our different profiles like below…

Open Dark profile:


Let’s open the Light profile in the same way

And so we have both our profiles in 2 different terminal tabs.

Note: If you have Ubuntu 17.10 (artful aardvark) then you may see the Preferences in then Edit menu like this

So, now in the Edit menu option in the “General” tab and set the “Open new terminals in” to “Tab“…

And now, the new profiles that you open will open in new tabs in the same Terminal window.

Thanks for reading!

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