How to Install Kitty on Ubuntu 20.04

Install Kitty on Ubuntu 20.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install Kitty on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

Kitty is a free and open-source feature-rich GPU-based terminal emulator developed by Kovid Goyal, the project is being actively maintained with over 130+ contributors. It supports graphics, images, Unicode, true-color, mouse protocol, hyperlinks, multiple copy/paste buffers, etc. It’s a lightweight emulator that can be controlled from scripts, the shell prompts, and over SSH.

Kitty Features

  • Offloads rendering to the GPU for lower system load and buttery smooth scrolling. Uses threaded rendering to minimize input latency.
  • Supports all modern terminal features: graphics (images), Unicode, true-color, OpenType ligatures, mouse protocol, hyperlinks, focus tracking, bracketed paste, and several new terminal protocol extensions.
  • Supports tiling multiple terminal windows side by side in different layouts without needing to use an extra program like tmux
  • Can be controlled from scripts or the shell prompt, even over SSH.
  • Has a framework for Kittens, small terminal programs that can be used to extend kitty’s functionality. For example, they are used for Unicode input, Hints, and Side-by-side diff.
  • Supports startup sessions that allow you to specify the window/tab layout, working directories, and programs to run on startup.
  • Cross-platform: kitty works on Linux and macOS, but because it uses only OpenGL for rendering, it should be trivial to port to other Unix-like platforms.

Install Kitty on Ubuntu 20.04

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install Kitty Terminal Emulator on Ubuntu Linux.

  • Install the Kitty package by using apt

Installing Kitty on your Ubuntu Linux system is straightforward, Now we Run the following command to install the Kitty on the Ubuntu desktop:

sudo apt install kitty
  • Install the Kitty package from the official source

Now download the latest Kitty’s prebuilt binaries for the official source:

curl -L https://sw.kovidgoyal.net/kitty/installer.sh | sh /dev/stdin

This installs the binary in ~/.local/kitty.app/bin/ directory. You can just launch it by typing:

ln -s ~/.local/kitty.app/bin/kitty ~/.local/bin/
cp ~/.local/kitty.app/share/applications/kitty.desktop ~/.local/share/applications
~/.local/share/applications/kitty.desktop

Step 3. Accessing Kitty Terminal Emulator.

The installation of Kitty is now complete. You can start the application from the menu or by the command “kitty“. Wait for a few seconds, the launching process will be completed and the Kitty will open.

Install Kitty on Ubuntu 20.04

That’s all you need to do to install kitty on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. For further reading on the Install kitty (terminal emulator), please refer to their official knowledge base. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.