I’m a recent convert to using the Terminal. I use it all day, every day. From pushing changes in Git, to creating files and directories, to downloading sites using wget, Terminal has worked its way into my workflow.
I recently found a great tool called iTerm2. It allows you to assign a hotkey which then drops a Terminal window down, as shown below. It allows me to quickly commit and push changes and get straight back to work.
It’s easy to setup, just follow these steps:
- Download and install iTerm2.
- Open Preferences and click on the ‘Profiles’ tab.
- Create a new profile, give it a name and set it as default.
- Click on ‘Window’.
- Slide the transparency slider to the right.
- Set Rows to ‘25’.
- Style should be set to ‘Top of Screen’.
- Finally you just need to set a hotkey – click on the ‘Keys’ tab, select the ‘Show/hide hotkey’ tickbox and enter a hotkey.
- Restart iTerm for the changes to take effect and you’re done.
My settings are below for reference: