The majority of Linux administrators and some of the common Linux users prefer to use the command line for daily operations. However, it can be a chore to open the terminal over and over again. In this case, we recommend a tool called Tilda. Tilda is an open source and highly customizable GTK based dropdown console for Linux. Tilda runs in the background while you can show and hide it with a single touch of a button. It has no frame window, no title bar, no menu bar and no buttons to maximize / minimize. The classic terminals used in shooter games like Quake and Doom originally inspired the design. The best thing about Tilda is its flexibility; You can customize its behavior and appearance with simple keyboard shortcuts.
In this article, we will explain how to install and use a drop-down Tilda console.
We’ll explain two ways to install Tilda on Debian:
- Via the command line terminal
- Via the UI Debian Software Manager
We ran the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on a Debian 10 system.
Tilda installation from the command line
If you’d prefer to install Tilda from the command line, here’s how to do it. Note that only an authorized user can install or remove applications on the Linux system.
To start the command line terminal application in your operating system, go to the Activities tab in the upper left corner of your desktop. Then type t in the search bar. aermin. In the result that appears, click the Terminal icon to open it.
Tilda is available in the official Debian OS repositories so you can easily install it using the apt command. In the Terminal, run the following command as sudo to install Tilda:
$ sudo apt-get install tilda
When prompted for the password, enter the sudo password.
The system may also ask. to confirm Yes No Option, hit and and then Enter confirm. After that, Tilda will be installed on your system.
Now close the terminal by entering the exit command:
In case you want to remove Tilda from your system, run the following command in Terminal:
$ sudo apt-get remove tilda
The system may also ask. to confirm Yes No Option, hit and and then Enter confirm. After that, the Tilda will be removed from your system.
Tilda installation via the user interface (Synaptic Package Manager)
If you do not want to use the command line for the installation, you can use the following UI way via the Synaptic Package Manager.
Run the following command in the terminal to install the Synaptic package manager in your system.
$ sudo apt install synaptic
After the installation, start the Synaptic Package Manager. To do this, press the super key and enter it in the search bar that appears Synaptic. Then click on the Synaptic Package Manager to open it.
When the Synaptic Package Manager window opens, look for the Tilda application. To do this, click on the seek Symbol as follows:
The following Find Dialog box appears, enter tilda and click on seek Button.
When the search result appears, right click on the Tilda application and select Mark for installation.
Now click on the Use Button.
A confirmation dialog box will appear, click the Use Confirmation button.
Now the package will be installed and you will see the following message:
If you want to remove the Tilda application from your system, do the following:
Go to in the left menu in Synaptic Manager status > Set up. It lists all the installed applications on your system. Scroll down to find the Tilda application.
Then right click on the Tilda application and select Mark for complete removal.
The confirmation dialog will be displayed. click on the Use Confirmation button. After that, the package will be completely removed from your system.
To start Tilda you can either use the command line terminal or the GUI.
To start Tilda from the command line terminal, use the following command:
To start Tilda from the GUI, press the super key on your keyboard and type tilda in the search bar. When the search result appears, click the Tilda icon to open it.
The following view appears the first time you open the Tilda application. This is the Tilda configuration window where you can make many configurations regarding color, appearance, font size, button layout, scrolling and much more.
To open the configuration window at any time later, right-click anywhere in the Tilda window and select settings.
By default, Tilda is displayed in the upper left corner. However, you can customize it to your liking.
Here is a list of shortcuts that you will mainly use while operating Tilda:
|F1||Use this shortcut to find Tilda. hide and show|
|Shift + Ctrl + T||Use this shortcut to open a new tab|
|Shift + Ctrl + W||Use this shortcut to close an active tab|
|Ctrl + Page Up||Use this shortcut to navigate to the previous tab|
|Ctrl + Page Down||Use this shortcut to navigate to the next tab|
|Shift + Ctrl + Page Up||Use this shortcut to move the tab to the left|
|Shift + Ctrl + Page Down||Use this shortcut to move the tab to the right|
|Shift + Ctrl + C||Use this shortcut to copy text from the Tilda window|
|Shift + Ctrl + V||Use this shortcut to paste text into the Tilda window|
|Use this shortcut to go to Tab 1, Tab 2, etc. to Tab 10|
|Shift + Ctrl + F||Use this shortcut to search for text|
|Shift + Ctrl + Q||Use this shortcut to find Tilda. to end|
|F11||Use this shortcut to switch to full screen mode|
|F12||Use this shortcut to toggle transparency|
That’s all! In this article you learned how to install and use a Tilda drop down console on your Debian system. Hope you found this article useful!