How to Install Hyper Terminal on Debian 12

3 Best Ways to Install Hyper Terminal on Debian 12

Ready to install Hyper Terminal on Debian 12? 

This guide will take you through setting up and customizing Hyper Terminal, a versatile Electron-based terminal application with various themes and plugins available.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need

The requirements for installing Hyper Terminal on Debian:

  • Debian 12 is installed and running on your device (guide)
  • Familiarity with the Command Line Interface (CLI) and Linux commands (guide)
  • Root account of sudo privileges (guide)
  • A stable internet connection

With all gathered, you’re ready to dive right in.

Method 1: Install Hyper Terminal on Debian Using a DEB Package

For the first method, we’ll use the DEB package provided by Hyper Terminal. Here’s how to install it on your Debian system:

Step 1: Download the DEB File From the Official Website

In this step, you’ll obtain the Hyper Terminal DEB file.

  1. Go to Hyper Terminal’s official website.
  2. Scroll down until you can see the table containing the installation files.
  3. Search for the DEB version.
  4. Click on the download button to start the download. This depends on your system architecture. I’m going to download the 64-bit version.
download Hyper terminal DEB file

Alternatively, you can download the DEB file using the below command:

wget -O hyper_3.4.1_amd64.deb
Download Hyper terminal DEB file using wget
  1. Once you download Hyper Terminal, head over to the directory where it was downloaded. Usually, it’s the ~/Downloads directory. You can navigate to that directory using the below command:
cd Downloads
  1. To confirm the download, list the contents of that directory with the following command:
Navigate using the cd command

As you can see from the above screenshot, the download was successful.

Step 2: Install Hyper Terminal From the DEB Package

After downloading the DEB package, you’re ready to install it.

  1. The first thing you should do is update your system. By doing so, you ensure the packages available on your software repository list are up to date. You can do this by running this command:
sudo apt update
update Debian using sudo apt update
  1. If you’re already in the directory containing the DEB file, you’re all set. If not, navigate to the directory where the file is located.
  2. Once you’re there, install Hyper Terminal from the DEB file using the following command:
sudo apt install ./hyper_3.4.1_amd64.deb
install Hyper terminal on Debian using the DEB file

The command will depend on which version you’re trying to install since the file name will be different. 

  1. The last thing you can do is confirm the installation. To do that, you can simply check the version of the Hyper terminal. To check its current version, run the below command:
hyper version
Check Hyper's version

As you can see, it returns 3.4.1 as its version just as expected. This means that I’ve successfully installed Hyper Terminal on Debian.

Step 3: Launch Hyper Terminal

Now that you have installed Hyper Terminal, let’s try to launch it.

  1. First, go to Activities.
Go to Activities
  1. Click on the Show Applications button.
Go to Applications
  1. You should see Hyper Terminal appear in the application grid. If you don’t see it, start typing the name in the search bar. Then you should see it.
Click on Hyper to launch it
  1. Click on the icon to launch the application. Alternatively, you can also run the below command from your regular terminal to launch Hyper:
Hyper terminal interface

Now you can start using Hyper Terminal on Debian.

Method 2: Install Hyper Terminal on Debian Using an AppImage

AppImages are like universal packages, allowing you to run them on any Linux distribution without installation and without altering system libraries.

Hyper Terminal is also available as an AppImage. Let’s explore how to use this format for installation.

Step 1: Download the AppImage File

Let’s first get our hands on the Hyper AppImage file.

  1. Go to the official website of Hyper.
  2. Scroll down to the installation file section.
  3. This time, download the AppImage file. Click on the download button.
Download Hyper Terminal AppImage file

Alternatively, you can download the file with this command:

wget -O hyper_3.4.1_amd64.AppImage
  1. This file is relatively larger than the DEB file. It may take longer to download. So wait patiently until it finishes downloading.
  2. To confirm if the download was successful, visit the directory where you downloaded the file. You can use the cd command for that.
  3. List the content of the directory with this command:
Navigate using the cd command

In the above screenshot, we can clearly see the AppImage file located in the directory. This means the download was successful.

Step 2: Execute the AppImage File

In this step, we’ll execute the AppImage file to run Hyper.

  1. First, you need to change the AppImage file’s permissions and make it into an executable. If you don’t do this, you won’t be able to execute the AppImage file. So change its file permission with the below command:
chmod a+x hyper_3.4.1_amd64.AppImage
Change the file permission of Hyper's AppImage file
  1. Once that’s done, run Hyper using this command:
Hyper Terminal interface

If successful, you should now see Hyper Terminal running on your system.

How to Customize Hyper Terminal

Hyper Terminal stands out for its extensive customization possibilities. From adding extensions and changing themes to installing plugins, you can tailor it to your preferences. 

It also allows for finer adjustments like font, cursor settings, layout, and more in the Hyper configuration file. To edit this file, any text editor will do. In this tutorial, I’ll use the Nano text editor.

  1. Open the configuration file in Nano with this command:
sudo nano ~/.hyper.js
Hyper Terminal configuration file
  1. From here, you can keep scrolling and exploring each of the settings. For example, you can increase the font size, change the font family, use a different cursor color, and so on.
  2. Once you do all the tweaking, save the file using Ctrl+O and exit using the Ctrl+X buttons.
  3. Launch Hyper and observe the changes you made.


We’ve explored two methods for installing Hyper Terminal on Debian 12 in this tutorial, offering the flexibility to choose the approach that suits you best. Additionally, you’ve learned how to customize Hyper Terminal to meet your specific needs. 

Interested in other Debian installation guides? Check out how to install Anaconda Python or Froxlor Server Management on Debian.

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