What is eDEX-UI Terminal Emulator?

For all we know, a terminal emulator is used to connect a host connect to another computer even a remote one using different protocols. The one mostly known protocol is the network protocol SSH. The most commonly known terminal emulators are KITTY, iTerm, PUTTY and Alacritty.

eDEX-UI is one of such terminal emulators. It boasts of a fullscreen terminal interface together with a graphic interface at the same time. Once you open eDEX, it gives a sci-fi interface with all the bleeping and glitching sounds.

It also acts like a system monitoring tool as it shows the system statistics on the side bar while you work. It also has a directory viewer at the bottom left of the screen that follows the present working directory on the terminal.

  • It has tab features that allow you to open different sessions at the same time on one window.
  • It has color theme structure that enable you to change colors of the terminal background.
  • It has keyboard layout features that has the keys to build the onscreen-keyboard.
  • It supports customizable keyboard shortcuts on both onscreen and physical keyboard.
  • It has terminal color filters that enable one to customize the clog scheme for the eDEX terminal.

In this guide I will show you how to:

  • Install the terminal on Windows.
  • Configure the settings.json file.
  • Configure color themes.

Install eDEX-UI eDEX-UI Terminal Emulator on Windows

Go to the official GitHub site for eDEX-UI terminal to get the installer file for Windows. Scroll down to the releases and find the one that fits your system properties. I chose the eDEX-UI-Windows-x64.exe

The download starts immediately. Locate the setup form your downloads folder and click on it to install. The setup wizard opens.

The nest step is to choose the destination folder. I chose to go with the default.

The next step would be to click the Install button to start the installation. It goes by quickly and then finishes as shown below.

Using eDEX-UI eDEX-UI Terminal Emulator on Windows

Once you click finish the eDEX-UI will open and start running. The video below shows how the eDEX-UI opens.

It opens to the following Interface. You can use different commands to test it:

  • Use ls to list the items in the current working directory.
  • Use pwd to view your current path.
  • Use cd .. to go back to a previous directory within the path.
  • Try and use the mouse to scroll back to the results.
  • Use cls or clear commands to clear the log.

From the image you can see how the interface is divided into sets.

System Status

There is a side bar which shows the system properties and its status of the apps running at that moment.

Terminal

At the Center is the terminal window which has different tabs that you can use to work on different projects.

Network Status

The top-right is a network status bar that shows if you are offline/online, It also shows your IP address and the traffic of the network.

Keyboard Layout

The bottom-right is an onscreen keyboard that has a us layout which is the default but you can change it using the settings.json file.

The bottom-left is a tab that shows the current working directory on the terminal.

Settings.json file

The tab in the current working directory also shows the settings.json file and you can click on it to open and change any parameters to your preference.

You can change the language of the keyboard and its layout, You can configure the IP address to change to another one, You can also change the theme to load to a different one etc.

And all this you are using a mouse and still scroll. You can exit from the file by clicking on close at the bottom right.

Themes

To change the theme of the terminal simply go to the themes folder on the working directory and click on it to open different themes installed with eDEX-UI by default.

It opens another directory with the themes you can choose from.

Click on one of themes and the eDEX-UI interface reboots to apply the changes.

eDEX-UI opens on fullscreen, meaning you cannot view the other windows or tabs you are working on. You can minimize the screen by pressing the windows key on your keyboard, then left-click on the eDEX-UI icon on the task bar then consequently right-click to minimize it.

To exit eDEX-UI you can type exit on the terminal or use alt + F4 on your keyboard to close the application.

The good thing with eDEX-UI is that you can use the mouse to scroll to all this different tabs and locations making it easy to access all the features on one window.

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