I use Ubuntu 11.10 and recently switched to terminator for my terminal. I'm happy with it with one exception, I cannot figure out how to scroll up using the keyboard. I used to use gnome-terminal and would CTRL+Shift+{ || PgUp} but cannot find a keybinding for scrolling in terminator.

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Shift+PageUp works for me. Failing that, right click > Preferences > Keybindings will allow you to set it to whatever you want.

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    If you want to be able to scroll line by line as I did, you can use CTRL + SHIFT + Up/Down keys.
    – Haggra
    Commented Nov 5, 2016 at 17:12

You cannot set a keybinding for scrolling in the Keybindings preferences of terminator – at least not in the version that comes with Ubuntu 12.10.

That said, scrolling linewise works for me by using Ctrl+Shift+ keypad up/down (with NumLock activated).

  • Why only keypad up/down s? Default up/down keys work for me.
    – 0xc0de
    Commented Apr 13, 2015 at 9:52
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    My Ctrl+Shift+Up/Down Arrow is bind to resizing terminator tabs. So instead of arrows, I used 8 and 2 in my numpad (having arrow sign on them) and they work for scrolling! Thanks
    – imans77
    Commented Nov 24, 2019 at 12:26

I think the problem with that keybinding is that it isn't actually part of the terminator part of the code, it's part of the terminal (which is vte, or something underneath). Any keybindings that are for the underlying single terminal are not configurable in terminator (which just does the multi-terminal parts, and adds slick plugin features, etc).

I did find that if you use the default setup, the single line scroll only works for the numpad up/down. The reason is that Up is tied to resize_up (similarly for down). If you remap those keys, then you can use the regular arrows to scroll by one line.

It would be nice to find a solution for changing the keybinding in the underlying terminal, but in the meantime, if you want the regular arrows to work, just remap the resize_up and resize_down keybindings.

tested in 0.97 ubuntu 14.04.

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