Cathode (Hipster) Terminal

About Cathode

Cathode is a fully customisable terminal app with a look inspired by classic computers.

Don’t let the playful exterior fool you; under the hood there’s an advanced emulator designed for serious work.

Whether you prefer crisp, clean text, or a flickering, glowing mess, Cathode is the perfect tool for hacking in style. Nevertheless, Mac and  Cathode represent the ultimate hipster combination for the not so young developers.


A bit variety of themes for Consoles and Monitors helps you revive old memories. It helps you create a lifelike, analog warmth by adding static, jitter, and flicker. Turn the frame rate up to 60 fps for a hyper-real look.

Typing feels incredibly smooth as pixels slowly fade away. Ray tubes bounce as you scroll, and light moves with your orientation.

It even has the Degauss effect in case you miss the single cool thing about CRT!


The UI is the only thing old. Some of it’s features are:

  • Server bookmarks
  • Customisable keys
  • Concurrent session
  • Secure data
  • Drag and drop files
  • Mouse copy/paste
  • Command-Click URLs
  • Text Editor Mode
  • Text Art Generator

There is also a mobile version, that maintains the awesomeness of the application, and adding extra features, like:

  • Gestures
  • Portrait or Landscape
  • 3G and Wifi support
  • Auto-Detect Servers
  • Dynamic Connections










The licensing method is clever as well: you can use the app for free, but the picture quality will slowly degrade until Cathode is relaunched. If you purchase a license ($20), you can customize the interface and avoid picture degradation.

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