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Kitty terminal emulator

August 16, 2020

I switched recently to the kitty terminal emulator. I have been using iTerm for so many years that I hardly believe I made the switch, but here we go. The thing that motivated trying an alternate terminal emulator is that I work a lot more remotely nowadays, and I’m no longer plugged 24/24 so I use the battery. This Macbook is 4 years old, but the battery is in good state as far as I can tell. However, I noticed that iTerm was draining the battery in a very unpleasant manner: I only had 3 hours left instead of 6 to 8 hours, depending on the average load on my computer.

I don’t see any buggy feature, the application looks very polished and it is responsive. Compared to iTerm, everything is configurable through a single config file (.config/kitty/kitty.conf), which is great, and the only missing feature is hot reloading of the config. I haven’t had any difficulty in running it as my terminal emulator all day long.

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