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ConEmu (short for Console Emulator) is an advanced console window (terminal emulator) and tabbed environment for Windows. ConEmu presents multiple consoles and simple GUI applications as one customizable GUI window with tabs, status bar and other features.

Initially, the program was created as a companion to Far Manager (FAR in Wikipedia), my favorite shell replacement - file and archive management, command history and completion, powerful editor.

Today, ConEmu can be used with any other console application or simple GUI tools (like PuTTY for example). ConEmu is an active project, open to suggestions.

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Disclaimer #1

ConEmu is not a shell, so it does not provide "shell features" like tab-completion, command history and others.
ConEmu does not provide remote access (SSH/Telnet/...) too.
ConEmu is advanced console window (local terminal) where you can run any shell or remote access client of your choice.
But there are already exist handy completion 'plugins' for cmd.exe (Clink) and powershell.exe (PowerTab and PSReadLine). Works within ConEmu too.

Disclaimer #2

If you notice lags while executing batches or commands (from cmd/git/bash/etc.) just upgrade to latest alpha build or uncheck option "Inject ConEmuHk". Read Issue 526 for details.

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ConEmu starts a console program in a hidden console window, and provides an alternative customizable GUI window with various features:
  • smooth and friendly window resizing;
  • tabs for editors, viewers, panels and consoles;
  • run simple GUI apps in tabs;
  • Windows 7 Jump Lists and Progress on Taskbar buttons;
  • easily run old DOS applications (games) in Windows 7 or 64-bit OS;
  • thumbnails and tiles in Far Manager;
  • normal, maximized and full screen graphical window modes;
  • window font anti-aliasing: standard, ClearType, disabled;
  • window fonts: family, height, width, bold, italic, etc.;
  • Chinese verions of Windows supported;
  • using normal/bold/italic fonts for different parts of the console simultaneously;
  • using 24-bit colors in Far Manager 3.x;
  • ANSI X3.64 and Xterm 256 colors;
  • cursor: standard console (horizontal) or GUI (vertical);
  • optional per-application settings (e.g. palette);
  • vertical console buffer scrolling using the keyboard (BufferHeight mode);
  • show full output (1K+ lines) of last command in Far Manager's editor/viewer;
  • customizable Far Manager right click behaviour (long click opens context menu);
  • drag and drop (explorer style) of files and folders in Far Manager;
  • limited support of BDF fonts;
  • user friendly text and block selection;
  • transparency and desktop mode;
  • customizable starting tabs;
  • configurable and clickable status bar;
  • and more, and more... take a look at the Settings dialog, What's New page and Settings.reg

All settings are read from the registry or ConEmu.xml file (multiple named configurations are supported), after which the command line parameters are applied.
Parameters /Config and /BufferHeight can only be specified on the command line.
Most settings are configured using the Settings dialog, not from the command line.


* Windows 2000 or later.


If you are NOT a Far Manager user

  • Unpack all files (from appropriate ConEmuPack.*.7z) or install ConEmuSetup.*.exe package to any folder your choice. Subfolder plugins (Far Manager related) is not required in your case.
  • Run ConEmu.exe or ConEmu64.exe.

If you ARE a Far Manager user

  • Use of ConEmuPack.*.7z and ConEmuSetup.*.exe are slighly different
    • ConEmuPack.*.7z: Unpack all files to the folder, containing far.exe
    • ConEmuSetup.*.exe: On the Features page you must select destination for Far Manager plugins to the folder, containing far.exe.
  • Import to the registry Far Manager macroses, related to ConEmu. Macro *.reg files are located in ConEmu.Addons directory. Each macro file (*.reg) has description in header. Just doubleclick choosen files in Windows Explorer to import them.
  • By default (started without command line params), ConEmu runs far.exe from it's home folder, or cmd.exe if Far Manager not found. Alternatively, You may run any root command, specifying /Cmd <App with params> argument in ConEmu shortcut or command line.


ConEmu splits and tabs

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Last edited Apr 4, 2017 at 11:24 AM by Maximus5, version 31