How to Set the Custom Size of Terminator

In this article, we are going to learn about how to set the custom size of Terminator in Linux. Terminator is an alternative to gnome-terminal. It has multiple Windows terminals capability. By default, the window size is small, so it’s useful to set its default size to larger.

Set the Custom Size of Terminator

Step 1: Open the Terminator Config File

Open the Terminator config file using a text editor. The file is located at ~/.config/terminator/config.

You can open the file using the following command in the terminal:

nano ~/.config/terminator/config

Step 2: Locate the Profile Section to Modify

In the config file, you should have a section titled [layouts]. You only need to add a line within the sub-section named [[[window0]]] belonging to the [[default]] section. My configuration file, for instance, looks like this:

  enabled_plugins = TerminalShot, LaunchpadBugURLHandler, LaunchpadCodeURLHandler, APTURLHandler
    background_darkness = 0.82
    background_type = transparent
    font = Monospace 14
    show_titlebar = False
    scrollbar_position = hidden
    scroll_on_keystroke = False
    scrollback_infinite = True
    palette = "#1f2229:#d41919:#5ebdab:#fea44c:#367bf0:#9755b3:#49aee6:#e6e6e6:#198388:#ec0101:#47d4b9:#ff8a18:#277fff:#962ac3:#05a1f7:#ffffff"
    use_system_font = False
    use_theme_colors = True
      type = Window
      parent = ""
      size = 1000, 600
      type = Terminal
      parent = window0
      profile = default

Step 3: Set the Custom Size

size = 1000, 600

This line “size = 1000, 600” is where you set the default window size.

Step 4: Save the Changes to the Config File

Save the changes to the config file and exit the text editor.

Step 5: Restart Terminator

Restart Terminator to see the changes take effect. You can close the current Terminator window and open a new one to see the changes.

Custom Size of Terminator

That’s it! You have successfully set the custom size of Terminator by editing the config file. You can use this method to set the custom size for other profiles as well.

Customizing Terminator through the config file allows for greater flexibility and control over the customization process. In addition to setting the custom size, you can also modify other preferences for the selected profile in the config file by adding or modifying the corresponding options in the profile section. You can find a list of all available options in the Terminator documentation.


Terminator is a powerful and flexible terminal emulator that can be customized to meet your needs. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can easily set the custom size of Terminator to enhance your terminal experience.

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