Windows Terminal

Not to be confused with Terminal, a terminal emulation program which allows the user to communicate with other computers over a modem connected to a serial port.
Windows Terminal
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TypeTerminal emulator
Operating systemWindows 10
Windows 11
Supported platformsx86, x64, ARM64
Initial release version0.1.1002.0
Initial release date2019-05-03
Latest release version1.19.10821.0
Latest release date2024-03-25
Latest pre-release version1.20.10822.0
Latest pre-release date2024-03-25
Other names
WebsiteOfficial documentation

Windows Terminal (codenamed Cascadia) is an open-source terminal emulator developed by Microsoft for Windows 10 and later. It was first announced at the Microsoft Build 2019 developer conference, aiming to be a modern replacement for the legacy Windows Console host, which is also built from the same source code repository and shares a number of components with it. Unlike the legacy host, it supports hardware accelerated rendering, includes better Unicode support and offers customization options comparable to other similar applications for different platforms. It can also run multiple console applications in tabs, each of which can be further divided to panes.

The Terminal bundles the purpose-built monospace Cascadia Code font, which includes support for programming ligatures as well as PowerLine glyphs. It has since been adopted as the default font for Visual Studio 2022.

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Windows Terminal was announced at Microsoft's Build 2019 developer conference in May 2019 as a modern alternative for the Windows Console.[1] Windows Terminal's source code first appeared on GitHub on 3 May 2019.[2] The first preview release was version 0.2, which appeared on 10 July 2019.[3] The first stable version of the project (version 1.0) was released on 19 May 2020, at which point, Microsoft started releasing preview versions as the Windows Terminal Preview app, which could be installed side-by-side with the stable version.[4]

Starting with Windows 10 build 21337.1000, it comes pre-installed with Windows, with the first publicly released version to come with it being the original release of Windows 11. Starting with Windows 11 build 25188, Windows Terminal has been set as the default terminal application of the operating system, replacing the legacy Windows Console host.

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Current (Windows 11-styled UI)[edit | edit source]

Old (Windows 10-styled UI)[edit | edit source]

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