How to Clear Terminal in Ubuntu

Working with terminal regularly? Often, you may find yourself staring at a screen full of texts and symbols. For specific tasks, it’s inevitable. For the most part, however, it becomes really distracting. Keeping the terminal window clean and tidy is key to an efficient and comfortable experience.

In this guide, check out how to clear the terminal on Ubuntu.

Terminal on Ubuntu

By default, Ubuntu uses GNOME Terminal as the default terminal emulator. It’s a part of the GNOME desktop. Besides the default one, you should check out the best terminal emulators for Linux.

Launch “Terminal.”

What would the terminal window look like with tons of unnecessary outputs? It’s very simple to generate one using the “yes” command.

$ yes, the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Don’t forget to press “Ctrl + C” to stop the output. Otherwise, it will continue printing.

Clearing terminal

Now that we got all that unnecessary texts, time to clean it up. The simplest way is to use the “clear” command.

$ clear

This is the standard method of clearing the terminal window. There are definitely other methods. However, it may vary based on the terminal emulator you’re using. For example, if you’re using Putty, then running the clear command will clear just for a single page.

Instead of typing the command, we can also send the clear command to the terminal emulator using “Ctrl + L.” Some terminal emulators may have a different keyboard shortcut, for example, “Ctrl + Shift + K.”

Terminal reset

The clear command will clear the terminal screen of the outputs. It’s possible to re-initialize the terminal. It will remove all the temporary command history and reload all the terminal configurations. Note that it may also remove any temporary changes to environment variables.

To reset the terminal, run the reset command.

$ reset

It may take a few moments to re-initialize the terminal. The reset command is recommended to use only when it’s necessary. Otherwise, the clear command is the safe option.

There’s another more complicated way of doing so. We can set an alias to send a reset command to the terminal. Learn more about bash aliases. Unlike the reset command, however, this one does so a bit differently.

Here, cls will be the alias for the command printf “ 33c”. The alias is declared in the “~/.bashrc” file.

$ alias cls=‘printf “

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