Terminal Emulator for Android

4.2
121K reviews
10M+
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Content rating
Everyone
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About this app

Access your Android's built-in Linux command line shell. Unleash your inner geek!

This is a new version of the popular "Android Terminal Emulator" application. Same great program, just with a new name.

Top Features

+ Full Linux terminal emulation.
+ Multiple windows.
+ Launcher short cuts.
+ UTF-8 text. (Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Thai, etc.)
+ Completely free. No ads, no in-app-purchases, no nag screens, nothing.

Quick FAQ:

+ If you are having trouble entering text, try installing the free "Hacker's Keyboard IME". (Especially if you have a Samsung or HTC device.)
+ This app isn't a game emulator.
+ This app won't help you root your phone or change your phone's IMEI.
+ You need to know (or be willing to learn) how to use the Linux command line to use this app.
+ You may want to install a set of command line utilities like "Busy Box" or "Debian chroot" in order to add commands beyond the commands that come built into your Android device.
+ If you get a -505 error when trying to install this app under Android 5.0, it means that some other app is using the same permissions. You will have to uninstall the other app in order to install Terminal Emulator for Android. (People tell me that "jrummy's Toolbox Pro" causes this problem.)

Want to know more about Terminal Emulator for Android?

Join the G+ community: #Android Terminal Emulator

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/106164413936367578283

Or check out the documentation wiki:

http://github.com/jackpal/Android-Terminal-Emulator/wiki

Want to add or improve a translation of Terminal Emulator for Android? See https://github.com/jackpal/Android-Terminal-Emulator/wiki/Translating-to-Other-Languages for instructions.
Updated on
Apr 15, 2015

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4.2
121K reviews
A Google user
October 23, 2018
Very handy for checking my network connection (the wifi on my tablet isn't that reliable), so getting access to the PING command is VERY handy. Unfortunately, if I'm using GBoard (the only soft keyboard I use), I can't bring up my last commands to reuse. This is a MAJOR failing of this program, as not only do the "Special Keys" not work, I have to use a separate keyboard, or figure out what other soft keyboard might actually provide directional arrows. And if your suggestion is to actually find another soft keyboard, shame on you for thinking that I should find an alternative program to fix a failing in this one.
104 people found this review helpful
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M. Shane Britton
March 18, 2022
The long-runming #1 emulator app for performing tasks within Android's integrated Linux command line shell: simplistic in design; an intuitive graphical interface; a super-compact app package and, last but certainly not least, an ad-free experience. Five stars in all aspects.
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user user
March 14, 2022
It doesn't work after rebooting after changing the system language. It opens, but console window is unresponsive and it crashes when clicking new window. Clearing data didn't work, had to reinstall.
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What's new

v1.0.70 Allow hiding Material Design Action Bar
Improve text paste.
Fix UTF-8 support.