Can I get transparency in full screen mode in iTerm?


Uncheck Lion-style fullscreen windows in Preferences -> General tab.

Works for iTerm2 Build 2.1.1 on OSX 10.9.5.

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    This has been renamed to Native full screen windows in iTerm2 3.0.3 – John D. Jun 29 '16 at 0:20
  • This should be the accepted answer. – Nick Rameau Nov 25 '16 at 1:39

In Preferences -> General tab, uncheck Native full screen windows.

Uncheck **Native fullscreen windows**

  • Also make sure "Disable transparency for fullscreen windows by default" in the Appearance tab. (And also exit and re enter full sreen, it doesn't do apply this to current full screen windows) – Little Big Bot Jun 28 '17 at 22:26

No, if you change transparency in a full-screen iTerm window, it only takes affect when you leave full screen. The idea of the full screen mode is to let you focus on the work at hand in a single terminal.


On Tiger, when I have iTerm open full screen and I open a new tab, the new tab is transparent--so it's possible. It reverts back to opaque if you minimize and re-full screen it, though. However, I agree with jtimberman; I find it annoying to have a full-screen transparent window.


There's a solution but it's a bit of a hack :

  • Try using Afloat to setup the transparency of the window.

This is coming before long. Star this bug to know when it's fixed: http://code.google.com/p/iterm2/issues/detail?id=276

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