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Alacritty is the fastest terminal emulator in existence. Using the GPU for
rendering enables optimizations that simply aren't possible in other emulators.
Alacritty currently supports macOS and Linux, and Windows.


Alacritty is focused on simplicity and performance. The performance goal means
it should be faster than any other terminal emulator available. The simplicity
goal means that it doesn't have features such as tabs or splits (which can be
better provided by a window manager or terminal multiplexer) nor
niceties like a GUI config editor.

The software is considered to be at an alpha level of readiness--there are
missing features and bugs to be fixed, but it is already used by many as a daily

Precompiled binaries are available for Windows through appveyor.
Precompiled binaries for other platforms are minimally blocked on a stable config format. For now, Alacritty must be
built from source.

Further information


Some operating systems already provide binaries for Alacritty, for everyone else the instructions
to build Alacritty from source, can be found here.


Prebuilt binaries can be downloaded from the artifacts section of appveyor.


Although it's possible the default configuration would work on your system,
you'll probably end up wanting to customize it anyhow. There is a default
alacritty.yml, alacritty_macos.yml, and alacritty_windows.yml at the git repository root.
Alacritty looks for the configuration file as the following paths:


Many configuration options will take effect immediately upon saving changes to
the config file. The only exception is the font and dimensions sections
which requires Alacritty to be restarted. For further explanation of the config
file, please consult the comments in the default config file.

Issues (known, unknown, feature requests, etc)

If you run into a problem with Alacritty, please file an issue. If you've got a
feature request, feel free to ask about it. Keep in mind that Alacritty is very
much not looking to be a feature-rich terminal emulator with all sorts of bells
and widgets. It's primarily a cross-platform, blazing fast tmux renderer that
Just Works.


Is it really the fastest terminal emulator?

In the terminals I've benchmarked against, alacritty is either faster, WAY
faster, or at least neutral. There are no benchmarks in which I've found
Alacritty to be slower.

My arrow keys don't work.

It sounds like you deleted some key bindings from your config file. Please
reference the default config file to restore them.


Alacritty discussion can be found in #alacritty on freenode.


Alacritty is released under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

To install Alacritty, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install alacritty

To upgrade Alacritty, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade alacritty


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $PackageName = 'alacritty'
    $Url64 = ''
    $Checksum64 = 'a93a588b0121cfad6ae28ed6812e0a16171429fb69493953b2a1ab17a263225684f2ed1b4989673e1b5d5c454455280283015f056573451854c39fc77f470e47'
    $ChecksumType64 = 'sha512'
    $ToolsPath = Split-Path -Parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
    $InstallDir = Join-Path $(Get-ToolsLocation) $PackageName
    $desktop = [System.Environment]::GetFolderPath("Desktop")
    $PackageArgs = @{
    	PackageName = $PackageName
    	Url64 = $Url64
    	Checksum64 = $Checksum64
    	ChecksumType64 = $ChecksumType64
    	UnzipLocation = $InstallDir
    Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @PackageArgs
    Install-BinFile alacritty -path "$InstallDir\alacritty.exe" -UseStart
    Install-ChocolateyShortcut -ShortcutFilePath "$desktop\Alacritty.lnk" -TargetPath "$InstallDir\alacritty.exe" -WorkingDirectory "$InstallDir" -WindowStyle 1
  • tools\chocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $PackageName = 'alacritty'
    $InstallDir = Join-Path $(Get-ToolsLocation) $PackageName
    $desktop = [System.Environment]::GetFolderPath("Desktop")
    Uninstall-BinFile alacritty -path "$InstallDir\alacritty.exe"
    Uninstall-ChocolateyZipPackage -PackageName 'alacritty' -ZipFileName ''
    Remove-Item $InstallDir
    Remove-Item "$desktop\Alacritty.lnk" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue -Force | Out-Null

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Joe Wilm


Copyright (C) 2017 - 2019 Joe Wilm


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Alacritty 0.3.3-rc2 37 Thursday, June 20, 2019 approved
Alacritty 0.3.3-rc1 22 Thursday, June 20, 2019 approved
Alacritty 0.3.2 1924 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 approved
Alacritty 0.3.1 466 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 approved
Alacritty 0.3.0 817 Tuesday, April 9, 2019 approved
Alacritty 0.3.0-rc3 32 Tuesday, April 9, 2019 exempted
Alacritty 0.3.0-rc2 40 Tuesday, April 2, 2019 exempted
Alacritty 0.3.0-rc1 28 Tuesday, April 2, 2019 exempted
Alacritty 0.2.9 763 Monday, March 18, 2019 approved
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