I want to set a group of terminal windows, each one with personalized colours, etc.

How can I move the whole Terminal.app setting from one computer to another? Where are they stored?

Can't see them in $HOME/Library/Application Support/ nor in /Library/Application Support/

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~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Terminal.plist contains Terminal settings.

You can view the file (if you want to) with Property List Editor, part of Apple's developer tools. Copy it to to your other machine to take your settings with you.

You can also export one Settings entry in Terminal by selecting Shell, Export Settings..., or by pressing the cog button below the list in Terminal Preferences, Settings and choosing Export....

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    Perfect! Just copied the aforementioned com.apple.Terminal.plist from my iMac (pretty Terminal setup) to my Macbook Pro boring terminal setup and now both are identical. Thanks! Nov 1, 2010 at 8:37

Copying the com.apple.Terminal.plist works very well. Be sure, however, to NOT have Terminal running when you copy the file as it will overwrite it when it exits.

  • Or if you have Terminal running you can do defaults read com.apple.Terminal after copying the file, and then restart Terminal.
    – mivk
    Sep 3, 2020 at 9:16

on Macos Mojave 10.14.6 , copy of the preference file did not work even with terminal closed.

So I used this method:

  • open a finder window and terminal preferences.
  • select all terminal settings, and then drag and drop to finder.
  • This creates *.terminal files
  • copy those files, and do opposite, drag from finder to terminal settings.

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