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Gnome Terminal launcher

Project Description

gtlaunch launches Gnome Terminal with predefined tabs, runs a command in each tab and leaves you in the shell if the command quits, so you can jump straight to work. See the demo:


  • Linux with Gnome
  • ZSH (support for other shells is in the works)
  • Python 2.7 or 3.3+


The recommended way to install Python packages which provide executable scripts is to use pipsi:

pipsi install gtlaunch

But pip also works:

pip install gtlaunch

Add the following to your .zshrc (see this message for an explanation):

if [[ $1 == eval ]]
    set --


By default, gtlaunch reads its configuration from a gtlaunch.json file located in user’s home directory. This can be overridden by passing the location of config file to --config option:

gtlaunch --config ../my-projects.json

Here’s an example configuration file (note: JSON does not allow comments, these are just for reference):

    // The configuration is an object where keys are project names
    // and values store per-project settings.
    "simple_project": {
        // The simplest setup is just a list of commands under the tabs key
        "tabs": ["vim", "python", "git status"]
    "more_options": {
        // prefix specifies a command that will be run before each tab's
        // command executes
        "prefix": "workon test",
        // you can specify working directory; ~ will be expanded
        "cwd": "~/Development",
        "tabs": [
            // the extended format allows more options, see below
                // command is required
                "command": "vim",
                // title is optional, defaults to command
                "title": "editor"
            // you can mix&match both formats
            "git status"



gtlaunch is free software, licensed under the MIT/X11 License. A copy of the license is provided with the source code in the LICENSE file.

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