I'm looking for a terminal emulator on Windows 7 (64 bit) with a specific feature:

to be able to split the command prompt window into multiple panes.

It's a great feature of Terminator for gnome, I think this image describes it best:

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Notice that every pane is a different shell with different applications

NOTE: this question is similar to another one I asked: Terminal emulator with split panes for Mac OSX, but this time I'm asking for a solution in a Windows environment

EDIT: for reference, here's more about Terminator: http://gnometerminator.blogspot.com/p/introduction.html


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I just saw this mentioned in another answer, and remembered that you were looking for something like this.



I just use Console2 with TCC/LE and PowerShell, myself.

  • PowerCmd needs administrator privilege to run, so on Vista/Win7 it will trigger a UAC prompt each time you run it, quite annoying.
    – user68795
    May 13, 2011 at 7:42
  • Unfortunately it doesn't handle terminal colors like cmd.
    – Adam
    Mar 22, 2013 at 10:23
  • Is this capable of remote CLI using SSH?
    – SuB
    Apr 16, 2015 at 7:26

I'm the author of another terminal - ConEmu (open source). This answer describes how to run 2x2 grid on startup. Actually, any configuration of splits (up to 30 panes) can be configured. Also, each split can be run as different users or elevated (Vista and higher). Any console and simple GUI (like mintty/putty) applications may be run in ConEmu tabs.

ConEmu split-screen feature

How to create a split?

1) From create new console dialog. Just press [+] button on toolbar or WinW. Choose your app, working dir, user name and split configuration.

New console dialog in ConEmu

2) CtrlShiftO and CtrlShiftE split active shell vertically or horizontally. Press WinAltK to see full hotkeys list.

3) Save your configured split-panes into new named task to get it on fast access next time. Open Settings dialog WinAltP and go to "Tasks" page. Add new task (+ button) and press Active tabs. Your task will be filled with your current split configuration. Don't forget to Save settings. For example

>cmd -new_console:n
powershell -new_console:s1TVn
sh --login -i -new_console:s1THn
putty -load mysrv -new_console:s2THn

Another free alternatives

ConsoleZ (fork of Console2) ConsoleZ

Alternative Windows Console AWC

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    I've used ConEmu for at least a year and can vouch for it. I didn't know it could do split panes and found this post while looking for Terminator for Windows (I also use Terminator on Linux). Big thanks to you Maximus both for ConEmu and for providing this info!
    – jeffa00
    Nov 6, 2013 at 13:53
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    Upvote for stating that you arere the author and providing links to alternative software. Other users could learn from your answer. Jan 24, 2014 at 17:30
  • Im a little confused by your 'how to split' explanation. In iTerm2 I can just do Command-D or Command-Shift-D to split a tab. End of story. Can/Do I have this capability with your app? Thanks. I dont want to 'setup' every time I want to split. I would like to just press some hotkeys and get a split. Can your app do that? May 27, 2014 at 16:36
  • @TheGrapeBeyond Read answer again. Will there. Exactly "2".
    – Maximus
    May 27, 2014 at 17:45
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    Vouching for ConEmu right here! Just downloaded and set it up. Took about 10 seconds to learn and using the answer linked above, startup with my tabs was painless :D It even supported Git Bash right out of the box! In case anyone has trouble finding it, once you set up your Task in settings, click the Startup pane and use your "Specified named task" to run it. Mar 15, 2018 at 19:03

The best Terminator parallel for Windows is:


  • You can use split panes in Cmder
  • It supports tabs

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  • It also allows for running a program (like Sublime Text) in a pane

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[Note: The larger msysgit version of Cmder comes places Git and all Unix commands in your PATH ]

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    It is ConEmu+git+clink actually.
    – Maximus
    Sep 6, 2015 at 21:36
  • It doesn't work with WSL
    – Edenshaw
    Sep 12, 2021 at 10:14

I've looked around and have settled on mobaxterm. It is a simple windows install but pulls in the features of terminator and winSCP. I'm pretty happy with it but would be pleasantly surprised to find a better windows based terminal to keep me connected.


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    +1 for MobaXterm: the "split view" mode allows me to have up to 4 consoles at different sizes with easy navigation through them using Ctrl+Tab!
    – Didier
    Mar 7, 2015 at 12:47
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    Although it has a bunch of features I don't quite like how MobaXTerm handles split view. First, there is only the option of 2 or 4 split. I want to be able customize this more and arrange the subwindows the way I want. Also I find that the borders of the windows in split mode are way too large and take away space. It's cool though that you only cycle through the windows selected for split view, but the fact thats its a separate "mode" kills it for me.
    – GeeF
    Aug 8, 2016 at 12:04

The Terminator from http://software.jessies.org/terminator/ requires installation of Cygwin, which is a bit more work than using ComEmu

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    This should have been a comment to the Mark Allen's reply. After gaining 50 points of reputation you will be able comment on posts of others. Feb 3, 2014 at 21:07

According to the home page for Terminator, it's cross platform and runs on Windows. So... Terminator?



MRemoteNG. It will allows you to connect to many ports (SSH 1/2, RDP, VNC, etc) in one window. Support splitted & tabbed window. One for all application for remoting. Give it a try.

  • MRemoteNG is a remote connection manager - not a console/terminal emulator. May 22, 2015 at 16:18

You can use Ctrl + Shift + O or Ctrl + Shift + E for vertical/horizonal spliting

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    (1) Since you don’t even say what program you’re talking about, this does not answer the question.    (2) I can see from your image that you’re talking about ConEmu.   Based on that, I can see that your post is a subset of Maximus’s answer. Apr 24, 2019 at 23:42

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