[Linux] Guake is a unique Quake-style terminal emulator

g1There’s certainly no shortage of terminals on Linux, but what there is a shortage of, are terminals that are unique. Guake is a Quake-style drop-down terminal for your Linux operating system.


Main Functionality

Guake is a terminal emulator for Unix-like operating systems. Guake is a Quake console style terminal that can be accessed by pressing F12 on your desktop.


  • Complete font, color, and terminal profile customization
  • Drop-down style allows for quick command access at all times
  • Terminal skins
  • Supports transparency and pictures inside the terminal
  • Tab support
  • Keybinding support


  • Default theme is very unattractive
  • Skins aren’t the greatest


g2Guake is a very interesting terminal. If you’ve ever played any of the Quake games you’ll understand the top-down concept. You can start Guake when you turn your machine on. The reason for this is that it will always be running. At any time that you want to enter a command you just press F12 and a terminal will drop down from the top of your screen. You can then enter any command you wish. I really like this concept. Having a terminal running in the background at all times, and then pressing a hotkey to open it up when you really need it. It’s also pretty cool that they took the concept from the Quake games.

This being a terminal app, there really isn’t any super advanced features, or really much to talk about. Terminal apps are pretty basic in nature, but can accomplish a lot if the user understands what they’re doing. When it comes down to it, Guake has the standard customization and anything else you’d find in a terminal application for Linux. The main thing about Guake is the top down feature. Which is very neat. Guake, like any other terminal, supports tabbed windows.

I didn’t have too many issues with Guake, but the issues I did have related exclusively to the user interface. The skins are very ugly (for my taste), and as far as the default interface goes, it could use a bit more work. I’ve used Guake on and off in the past, and it really has its own thing going for it. If I wasn’t so content with Terminator, I’d probably start using it again.


If you’re looking for a terminal emulator on Linux that is different from all the other terminal emulators out there, you might want to check out Guake. It’s a very cool terminal emulator, and one that is worth at least checking out. Who knows, Guake could quickly become your favorite.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 0.40

Supported OS: Any Linux distro

Supported software repositories: Almost any Linux distro’s repository

Download size: 397.9 KB

Is it portable? No

Guake homepage

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