How to install and use Tilda – a drop down console for Debian 10

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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:

$ exit

Remove Tilda

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:

Package manager

The following Find Dialog box appears, enter tilda and click on seek Button.

Find Tilda

When the search result appears, right click on the Tilda application and select Mark for installation.

Mark for installation

Now click on the Use Button.

Apply software selection

A confirmation dialog box will appear, click the Use Confirmation button.

Tilda to be installed

Now the package will be installed and you will see the following message:

Changes applied

Remove Tilda

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.

Checkmark to remove completely

The confirmation dialog will be displayed. click on the Use Confirmation button. After that, the package will be completely removed from your system.

Choose package

Start Tilda

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:

$ tilda

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.

Start Tilda

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.

Tilda configuration options

To open the configuration window at any time later, right-click anywhere in the Tilda window and select settings.

Tilda drop-down console

By default, Tilda is displayed in the upper left corner. However, you can customize it to your liking.

Tilda.  use

Here is a list of shortcuts that you will mainly use while operating Tilda:

abbreviation purpose
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
1 to 0 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!

How to install and use Tilda – a drop down console for Debian 10