Beautify your Terminal: Install Alacritty on Linux

Installing Alacritty On Linux

The average Linux user spends most of their time in the Terminal. As a result, a fast and responsive terminal is something that every user needs. Choosing a Terminal emulator might end up being the option that everyone needs, to deliver a smooth and responsive experience.

Alacritty is one of the best terminal emulators available, owing to it’s amazing performance and customization options. It’s also open-source, meaning that it’s constantly being updated with new and improved features.

In this article, we are going to learn about how Alacritty can change and improve your terminal experience for the better, then we’re going to explore and go through the installation process.

How can Alacritty improve your Terminal experience?

  • Blazingly Fast: Unlike other Terminal emulators, the secret to the speed behind Alacritty is that it leverages the power of the system’s GPU, resulting in blinding speed and responsiveness, while being incredibly smooth, even while working with complex text and huge volumes of data being displayed in the terminal.
  • Lightweight Design: For the high degree of customizability, Alacritty actually uses minimal system resources, all the while maintaining impressive speed and responsiveness.
  • Highly Customizable: It allows users to be able to customize the layout, look and feel of the terminal experience to a high degree. Alacritty offers and encourages users to customize the terminal to their own taste and needs, from font rendering and color palettes to custom keyboard shortcuts.
  • Open-Source: Being open-source, Alacritty is always going to receive updates, and that new features are always being worked on. Moreover, it’s free and transparent, a perfect choice for individuals and organizations.
  • A Dedicated Vi Mode: This Terminal supports the VI mode, which allows you to quickly scroll using keyboard shortcuts, searching and opening URLs is also allowed. Just press Ctrl+ Shift + Space on your keyboard to activate this mode.


To install and use Alacritty on your Linux system, it is required that you have support for, at least:
1. OpenGL ES 2.0
2. Have the Rust compiler installed (For building from source)

In case you don’t already have the Rust compiler installed on your Linux system, you can go through this article here.


Alacritty is cross-platform, meaning it is able to run on any system, Windows, Linux or Mac. For the sake of this article, we’ll only be covering the installation process on Linux (Ubuntu/Linux Mint in our case).

Using the package Manager

Perhaps the easiest method to install this application on your Linux distribution would be to use the package manager shipped with your distribution. Type the following command in your Terminal window:

# On Debian and Ubunutu based distributions
sudo apt update && sudo apt install alacritty

# On Arch Linux based distributions:
sudo pacman -S alacritty

# On Fedora workstation:
sudo dnf install alacritty

Building from Source (GitHub)

Step 1: Clone the GitHub repository.

You can find the link to the official GitHub repository of Alacritty here. You can clone the repository to your local file-system with the following command:

git clone
cd alacritty
Clone Alacritty GitHub Repository
Clone Alacritty GitHub Repository

Step 2: Confirm you have the Rust Compiler installed

To make sure you have the correct Rust compiler installed, you can run the following command in the terminal:

rustup override set stable
rustup update stable
Check For Rust Compiler Installation
Check For Rust Compiler Installation

If you don’t have the Rust compiler installed, please refer to the prerequisites section in this article.

Step 3: Install Dependencies

Now we’ll proceed with installing the minimum dependencies required to build Alacritty. Run the following command:

sudo apt install cmake cmake-format freetype2-doc libxcb-doc pkg-config libfreetype6-dev libfontconfig1-dev libxcb-xfixes0-dev libxkbcommon-dev python3
Installing Dependencies For Alacritty
Installing Dependencies For Alacritty

Step 4: Build Application

Now we can use the command provided below to build the application. If the build is successful, a binary file will be placed at target/release/alacritty.

cargo build --release
Building Alacritty With Cargo
Building Alacritty With Cargo

Using Snap Store

You can also use the command given below to install Alacritty on your Linux system.

sudo snap install alacritty --classic
Using Alacritty Terminal
Using Alacritty Terminal


As we’ve seen so far, Alacritty is a solid option for those that want the best terminal emulation features but don’t want to slow down their system. Alacritty packs a punch well above its own weight class, no wonder it has recently become so popular with developers and Linux enthusiasts.