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What is Alacritty?

Alacritty is a highly performant and customizable terminal emulator designed for Linux likewise PuTTY. It aims to provide a fast and seamless terminal experience while keeping system resource usage to a minimum. With its clean and minimalist design, Alacritty has gained popularity among Linux users, especially developers and system administrators.

Features of Alacritty

Speed and Efficiency

Alacritty is known for its exceptional speed and efficiency. It leverages hardware acceleration and optimized rendering techniques to ensure a responsive terminal experience.

Cross-Platform Compatibility

Although primarily developed for Linux, Alacritty is also available on other platforms such as Windows and macOS, allowing users to have a consistent terminal experience across different operating systems.

Customization Options

Alacritty offers extensive customization options, allowing users to personalize various aspects of the terminal, including colors, fonts, and keyboard shortcuts, to match their preferences and workflow.

GPU Acceleration

By utilizing GPU acceleration, Alacritty takes advantage of the graphics card’s capabilities to render terminal content efficiently, resulting in smooth scrolling and improved performance.

Scrollback and Search

Alacritty provides scrollback functionality, enabling users to review previous terminal output. Additionally, it supports search functionality within the terminal, making it easier to find specific text or commands.

Unicode and True Color Support

Alacritty fully supports Unicode characters and true color, allowing for the proper rendering of emojis, symbols, and richly formatted text in the terminal.

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System Requirements for Alacritty

Operating System:

Alacritty is compatible with various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, Arch Linux, and more.

Graphics Card:

While not strictly required, having a capable graphics card will enhance the performance of Alacritty, thanks to its GPU acceleration feature.


Alacritty requires a few dependencies to function correctly. These typically include libraries like OpenGL, fontconfig, and libxcb, among others. Most Linux distributions include these dependencies by default or provide easy installation through package managers.

Downloading & Installing of Alacritty

  1. Open a web browser and visit the official Alacritty GitHub repository.
  2. Locate the “Releases” section on the repository page.
  3. Download the Alacritty binary or source code archive specifically designed for Linux.
  4. Extract the downloaded archive to a directory of your choice.
  5. Open a terminal and navigate to the extracted Alacritty directory.
  6. Build Alacritty from source using the provided build instructions. Typically, this involves running a build script or executing a series of commands (e.g., make, cmake, or cargo build).
  7. Once the build process completes successfully, you can find the Alacritty executable in the build output directory.
  8. Optionally, copy the Alacritty executable to a location within your system’s PATH for easy access.
  9. Customize Alacritty’s configuration file located in the appropriate directory (usually ~/.config/alacritty/alacritty.yml). This file allows you to modify various settings according to your preferences.
  10. Launch Alacritty from the terminal by executing the alacritty command, or use your desktop environment’s application launcher to find and start Alacritty.