Nikita SemenistyiTech Lead

ConEmu – console, which saved me from moving from Windows

9 July 2015


On the internet there are a lot of articles written about ConEmu, as this is a wonderful tool. However, I have seen lots of people suffering from cmd and not knowing about the magic of ConEmu. So, I decided to describe it briefly in my article.

Absence of a good terminal and a good shell with useful and easy commands in Windows was always a pain and a subject of misunderstanding. I believe, that Unix will be always winning in the area of commands as it was initially designed for it. Though Windows created PowerShell, which also has lots of features like C# support, it is without any doubt much less popular and more difficult.

The question of creating good terminal was raised and while guys from Microsoft waited until someone will create a program, which could have possibility of remote administration - the task which can be handled by shell very well, Maximus5 created a grand terminal called ConEmu.

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Brilliant, isn’t it? To be honest, after switching from cmd to ConEmu, you feel love and care, which developer putted into this software.

ConEmu supports multiple tabs view and screen split:

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It allows you to configure the view of the console to be exactly the same as you think of it. As you can see on the throw pillows sale, different color themes were applied to different screen parts (which are completely independent consoles). In order to split screen you should just check ‘New console split’ and choose options: ‘Left / bottom’ and size of the screen to be taken in %.

Apart from the visual, ConEmu allows you to use any shell which you want, for example MinGW or Putty. This is how Putty support can be added:

1. Save connection in Putty.

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I’ve described just a few features of ConEmu, though it has hundreds of functions and visual design enhancements. I strongly advise you to install it and finally feel the supremacy of perfect console design.

  • Yegor Yefremov

    Nice article. Will try putty tomorrow. Have you tried ConEmu with clink (http://mridgers.github.io/clink/)?

  • Jared Lewis

    Cmder (http://gooseberrycreative.com/cmder/) combines ConEmu, msysgit and clink into a portable application

  • Maximus

    Seems like you are stuck with old ConEmu build. Update it )

  • nikita semenistyi

    Will check all those tools, thanks for the tips, guys

  • Spag B

    You may to checkout MobaXterm