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Fix a regression in the previous release that broke
Graphics protocol: Fix composing onto currently displayed frame not updating the frame on the GPU (#3874)
Fix switching to previously active tab after detaching a tab not working (#3871)
macOS: Fix an error on Apple silicon when enumerating monitors (#3875)
detach_window: Allow specifying the previously active tab or the tab to the left/right of the active tab (#3877)
broadcast kitten: Fix a regression in
0.20.0that broke sending of some keys, such as backspace
Linux binary: Remove any RPATH build artifacts from bundled libraries
Wayland: If the compositor turns off server side decorations after turning them on do not draw client side decorations (#3888)
Add a new toggle_layout action to easily zoom/unzoom a window
When right clicking to extend a selection, move the nearest selection boundary rather than the end of the selection. To restore previous behavior use
mouse_map right press ungrabbed mouse_selection move-end.
When opening hyperlinks, allow defining open actions for directories (#3836)
When using the OSC 52 escape code to copy to clipboard allow large copies (up to 8MB) without needing a kitty specific chunking protocol. Note that if you used the chunking protocol in the past, it will no longer work and you should switch to using the unmodified protocol which has the advantage of working with all terminal emulators.
Fix a bug in the implementation of the synchronized updates escape code that could cause incorrect parsing if either the pending buffer capacity or the pending timeout were exceeded (#3779)
A new remote control command to resize the OS Window <kitty @ resize-os-window>
Graphics protocol: Add support for composing rectangles from one animation frame onto another (#3809)
diff kitten: Remove limit on max line length of 4096 characters (#3806)
Fix turning off cursor blink via escape codes not working (#3808)
Allow using neighboring window operations in the stack layout. The previous window is considered the left and top neighbor and the next window is considered the bottom and right neighbor (#3778)
macOS: Render colors in the sRGB colorspace to match other macOS terminal applications (#2249)
A new theme for the kitty website with support for dark mode.
Render ┄ ┅ ┆ ┇ ┈ ┉ ┊ ┋ with spaces at the edges. Matches rendering in most other programs and allows long chains of them to look better (#3844)
hints kitten: Detect paths and hashes that appear over multiple lines. Note that this means that all line breaks in the text are no longer n soft breaks are instead r. If you use a custom regular expression that is meant to match over line breaks, you will need to match over both. (#3845)
Allow leading or trailing spaces in
Fix mouse actions not working when caps lock or num lock are engaged (#3859)
macOS: Fix automatic detection of bold/italic faces for fonts that use the family name as the full face name of the regular font not working (#3861)
clipboard kitten: fix copies to clipboard not working without the
kitty +kitten clipboard --wait-for-completionoption
Fix a regression in 0.21.0 that broke rendering of private use Unicode symbols followed by spaces, when they also exist not followed by spaces (#3729)
ssh kitten: Support systems where the login shell is a non-POSIX shell (#3405)
ssh kitten: Add completion (#3760)
ssh kitten: Fix “Connection closed” message being printed by ssh when running remote commands
Add support for the XTVERSION escape code
macOS: Fix a regression in 0.21.0 that broke middle-click to paste from clipboard (#3730)
macOS: Fix shortcuts in the global menu bar responding slowly when cursor blink is disabled/timed out (#3693)
When displaying scrollback ensure that the window does not quit if the amount of scrollback is less than a screen and the user has the
--quit-if-one-screenoption enabled for less (#3740)
Linux: Fix Emoji/bitmapped fonts not use able in symbol_map
query terminal kitten: Allow querying font face and size information (#3756)
hyperlinked grep kitten: Fix context options not generating contextual output (#3759)
Allow using superscripts in tab titles (#3763)
Unicode input kitten: Fix searching when a word has more than 1024 matches (#3773)
Allow clicking URLs to open them without needing to also hold ctrl+shift
Support infinite length ligatures (#3504)
Backward incompatibility: The options to control which modifiers keys to press for various mouse actions have been removed, if you used these options, you will need to replace them with configuration using the new mouse actions framework as they will be ignored. The options were:
Add a configurable mouse action (ctrl+alt+triplepress to select from the clicked point to the end of the line. (#3585)
Add the ability to un-scroll the screen to the
kitty @ scroll-windowremote control command (#3604)
Unicode input kitten: Fix a regression in 0.20.0 that broke keyboard handling when the NumLock or CapsLock modifiers were engaged. (#3587)
Fix a regression in 0.20.0 that sent incorrect bytes for the F1-F4 keys in rmkx mode (#3586)
macOS: When the Apple Color Emoji font lacks an emoji glyph search for it in other installed fonts (#3591)
macOS: Fix rendering getting stuck on some machines after sleep/screensaver (#2016)
macOS: Add a new
Shellmenu to the global menubar with some commonly used actions (#3653)
macOS: Fix the baseline for text not matching other CoreText based applications for some fonts (#2022)
Add a few more special commandline arguments for the launch command. Now all
KITTY_PIPE_DATAis also available via command line argument substitution (#3593)
Fix dynamically changing the background color in a window causing rendering artifacts in the tab bar (#3595)
Fix passing STDIN to launched background processes causing them to not inherit environment variables (#3603)
Fix deleting windows that are not the last window via remote control leaving no window focused (#3619)
Improve rendering of curly underlines on HiDPI screens (#3637)
ssh kitten: Mimic behavior of ssh command line client more closely by executing any command specified on the command line via the users’ shell just as ssh does (#3638)
Fix trailing parentheses in URLs not being detected (#3688)
Tab bar: Use a lower contrast color for tab separators (#3666)
Fix a regression that caused using the
titlecommand in session files to stop working (#3676)
macOS: Fix a rare crash on exit (#3686)
Remote control: Allow matching tabs by index number in currently active OS Window (#3708)
ssh kitten: Fix non-standard properties in terminfo such as the ones used for true color not being copied (#312)
macOS: Distribute universal binaries with both ARM and Intel architectures
show_keykitten to easily see the bytes generated by the terminal for key presses in the various keyboard modes (#3556)
Linux: Fix keyboard layout change keys defined via compose rules not being ignored
macOS: Fix Spotlight search of global menu not working in non-English locales (#3567)
Fix tab activity symbol not appearing if no other changes happen in tab bar even when there is activity in a tab (#3571)
Fix focus changes not being sent to windows when focused window changes because of the previously focused window being closed (#3571)
A new protocol extension to unscroll text from the scrollback buffer onto the screen. Useful, for example, to restore the screen after showing completions below the shell prompt.
Linux: Fix binary kitty builds not able to load fonts in WOFF2 format (#3506)
macOS: Prevent option based shortcuts for being used for global menu actions (#3515)
kitty @ close-tabnot working with pipe based remote control (#3510)
Fix removal of inactive tab that is before the currently active tab causing the highlighted tab to be incorrect (#3516)
icat kitten: Respect EXIF orientation when displaying JPEG images (#3518)
GNOME: Fix maximize state not being remembered when focus changes and window decorations are hidden (#3507)
GNOME: Add a new
wayland_titlebar_coloroption to control the color of the kitty window title bar
Special case rendering of the few remaining Powerline box drawing chars (#3535)
kitty @ set-colorsnot working for the
icat: Fix some broken GIF images with no frame delays not being animated (#3498)
hints kitten: Fix sending hyperlinks to their default handler not working (#3500)
Wayland: Fix regression in previous release causing window decorations to be drawn even when compositor supports server side decorations (#3501)
Support display of animated images
kitty +kitten icat animation.gif. See Animation for details on animation support in the kitty graphics protocol.
Backward incompatibility: Session files now use the full launch command with all its capabilities. However, the syntax of the command is slightly different from before. In particular watchers are now specified directly on launch and environment variables are set using
Allow setting colors when creating windows using the launch command.
A new option
tab_powerline_styleto control the appearance of the tab bar when using the powerline tab bar style.
diff kitten: Implement recursive diff over SSH (#3268)
ssh kitten: Allow using python instead of the shell on the server, useful if the shell used is a non-POSIX compliant one, such as fish (#3277)
Add support for the color settings stack that XTerm copied from us without acknowledgement and decided to use incompatible escape codes for.
Add entries to the terminfo file for some user capabilities that are shared with XTerm (#3193)
The launch command now does more sophisticated resolving of executables to run. The system-wide PATH is used first, then system specific default paths, and finally the PATH inside the shell.
Double clicking on empty tab bar area now opens a new tab (#3201)
kitty @ ls: Show only environment variables that are different for each window, by default.
When passing a directory or a non-executable file as the program to run to kitty opens it with the shell or by parsing the shebang, instead of just failing.
Linux: Fix rendering of emoji followed by the graphics variation selector not being colored with some fonts (#3211)
Unicode input: Fix using index in select by name mode not working for indices larger than 16. Also using an index does not filter the list of matches. (#3219)
Wayland: Add support for the text input protocol (#3410)
Wayland: Fix mouse handling when using client side decorations
Wayland: Fix un-maximizing a window not restoring its size to what it was before being maximized
GNOME/Wayland: Improve window decorations the titlebar now shows the window title. Allow running under Wayland on GNOME by default. (#3284)
Panel kitten: Allow setting WM_CLASS (#3233)
macOS: Allow opening script and command files with kitty (#3366)
gemini://URLs when hovering with the mouse (#3370)
When using a non-US keyboard layout and pressing ctrl+key when the key matches an English key, send that to the program running in the terminal automatically (#2000)
When matching shortcuts, also match on shifted keys, so a shortcut defined as ctrl+plus will match a keyboard where you have to press shift+equal to get the plus key (#2000)
Fix extra space at bottom of OS window when using the fat layout with the tab bar at the top (#3258)
Fix window icon not working on X11 with 64bits (#3260)
Fix OS window sizes under 100px resulting in scaled display (#3307)
Fix rendering of ligatures in the latest release of Cascadia code, which for some reason puts empty glyphs after the ligature glyph rather than before it (#3313)
Improve handling of infinite length ligatures in newer versions of FiraCode and CascadiaCode. Now such ligatures are detected based on glyph naming convention. This removes the gap in the ligatures at cell boundaries (#2695)
macOS: Disable the native operating system tabs as they are non-functional and can be confusing (#3325)
hints kitten: When using the linenumber action with a background action, preserve the working directory (#3352)
Graphics protocol: Fix suppression of responses not working for chunked transmission (#3375)
Fix inactive tab closing causing active tab to change (#3398)
Fix a crash on systems using musl as libc (#3395)
Improve rendering of rounded corners by using a rectircle equation rather than a cubic bezier (#3409)
Graphics protocol: Add a control to allow clients to specify that the cursor should not move when displaying an image (#3411)
Fix marking of text not working on lines that contain zero cells (#3403)
Fix the selection getting changed if the screen contents scroll while the selection is in progress (#3431)
Happy holidays to all kitty users!
Add a new mappable select_tab action to choose a tab to switch to even when the tab bar is hidden (#3115)
Graphics protocol: Add support for giving individual image placements their own ids and for asking the terminal emulator to assign ids for images. Also allow suppressing responses from the terminal to commands. These are backwards compatible protocol extensions. (#3133, #3163)
Distribute extra pixels among all eight-blocks rather than adding them all to the last block (#3097)
Fix drawing of a few sextant characters incorrect (#3105)
macOS: Fix minimize not working for chromeless windows (#3112)
Preserve lines in the scrollback if a scrolling region is defined that is contiguous with the top of the screen (#3113)
Wayland: Fix key repeat being stopped by the release of an unrelated key (#2191)
Graphics protocol: Dont return filename in the error message when opening file fails, since filenames can contain control characters (#3128)
macOS: Partial fix for traditional fullscreen not working on Big Sur (#3100)
Fix one ANSI formatting escape code not being removed from the pager history buffer when piping it as plain text (#3132)
Match the save/restore cursor behavior of other terminals, for the sake of interoperability. This means that doing a DECRC without a prior DECSC is now undefined (#1264)
remote_control send-textnot working (#3147)
Full screen kittens: Fix incorrect cursor position after kitten quits (#3176)
A new Query terminal kitten to easily query the running kitty via escape codes to detect its version, and the values of configuration options that enable or disable terminal features.
Font independent rendering for braille characters, which ensures they are properly aligned at all font sizes.
Fix a regression in 0.19.0 that broke rendering of one-eight bar unicode characters at very small font sizes (#3025)
Wayland: Fix a crash under GNOME when using multiple OS windows (#3066)
Fix selections created by dragging upwards not being auto-cleared when screen contents change (#3028)
macOS: Fix kitty not being added to PATH automatically when using pre-built binaries (#3063)
Allow adding MIME definitions to kitty by placing a
mime.typesfile in the kitty config directory (#3056)
Fix the send_text action not working in URL handlers (#3081)
Fix last character of URL not being detected if it is the only character on a new line (#3088)
Add support for easily editing or downloading files over SSH sessions without the need for any special software, see Remote files
A new Hyperlinked grep kitten to easily search files and open the results at the matched line by clicking on them.
Allow customizing the actions kitty takes when clicking on URLs
Improve rendering of borders when using minimal borders. Use less space and do not display a box around active windows
Implement special rendering for various characters from the set of “Symbols for Legacy Computing” from the Unicode 13 standard
Unicode input kitten: Allow choosing symbols from the NERD font as well. These are mostly Private Use symbols not in any standard, however are common. (#2972)
Allow specifying border sizes in either pts or pixels. Change the default to 0.5pt borders as this works best with the new minimal border style
Add support for displaying correct colors with non-sRGB PNG files (Adds a dependency on liblcms2)
hints kitten: Add a new
kitty +kitten hints --typeof
hyperlinkuseful for activating hyperlinks using just the keyboard
Allow tracking focus change events in watchers (#2918)
Allow specifying watchers in session files and via a command line argument (#2933)
macOS: Switch to using the User Notifications framework for notifications. The current notifications framework has been deprecated in Big Sur. The new framework only allows notifications from signed and notarized applications, so people using kitty from homebrew/source are out of luck. Complain to Apple.
When in the main screen and a program grabs the mouse, do not use the scroll wheel events to scroll the scrollback buffer, instead send them to the program (#2939)
Fix unfocused windows in which a bell occurs not changing their border color to red until a relayout
Linux: Fix automatic detection of bold/italic faces for fonts such as IBM Plex Mono that have the regular face with a full name that is the same as the family name (#2951)
Fix a regression that broke the
Fix a memory leak when changing font sizes
Fix some lines in the scrollback buffer not being properly rendered after a window resize/font size change (#2619)
hints kitten: Allow customizing hint colors (#2894)
Wayland: Fix a typo in the previous release that broke reading mouse cursor size (#2895)
Fix a regression in the previous release that could cause an exception during startup in rare circumstances (#2896)
Fix image leaving behind a black rectangle when switch away and back to alternate screen (#2901)
Fix one pixel mis-alignment of rounded corners when either the cell dimensions or the thickness of the line is an odd number of pixels (#2907)
Fix a regression that broke specifying OS window size in the session file (#2908)
X11: Improve handling of multiple keyboards. Now pressing a modifier key in one keyboard and a normal key in another works (#2362). Don’t rebuild keymaps on new keyboard events that only change geometry (#2787). Better handling of multiple keyboards with incompatible layouts (#2726)
Improve anti-aliasing of triangular box drawing characters, noticeable on low-resolution screens (#2844)
kitty @ send-textnot working reliably when using a socket for remote control (#2852)
Implement support for box drawing rounded-corners characters (#2240)
Allow setting the class for new OS windows in a session file
When a character from the Unicode Dingbat block is followed by a space, use the extra space to render a larger version of the character (#2850)
macOS: Fix the LC_CTYPE env var being set to UTF-8 on systems in which the language and country code do not form a valid locale (#1233)
macOS: Fix cmd+plus not changing font size (#2839)
Make neighboring window selection in grid and splits layouts more intelligent (#2840)
Allow passing the current selection to kittens (#2796)
Fix pre-edit text not always being cleared with ibus input (#2862)
Fix the CSI J (Erase in display ED) escape code not removing line continued markers (#2809)
hints kitten: In linenumber mode expand paths that starts with ~ (#2822)
launch --location=lastnot working (#2841)
Fix incorrect centering when a PUA or symbol glyph is followed by more than one space
Add support for legacy DECSET codes 47, 1047 and 1048 (#2871)
macOS: no longer render emoji 20% below the baseline. This caused some emoji to be cut-off and also look misaligned with very high cells (#2873)
macOS: Make the window id of OS windows available in the
WINDOWIDenvironment variable (#2877)
Wayland: Fix a regression in 0.18.0 that could cause crashes related to mouse cursors in some rare circumstances (#2810)
Fix change in window size that does not change number of cells not being reported to the kernel (#2880)
Allow multiple overlay windows per normal window
Add an option
confirm_os_window_closeto ask for confirmation when closing an OS window with multiple kitty windows.
Tall and Fat layouts: Add a
mirroredoption to put the full size window on the opposite edge of the screen (#2654)
Tall and Fat layouts: Add mappable actions to increase or decrease the number of full size windows (#2688)
Allow sending arbitrary signals to the current foreground process in a window using either a mapping in kitty.conf or via remote control (#2778)
Allow sending the back and forward mouse buttons to terminal applications (#2742)
Backwards incompatibility: The numbers used to encode mouse buttons for the
send_mouse_eventfunction that can be used in kittens have been changed (see Sending mouse events).
Add a new mappable
quitaction to quit kitty completely.
Fix marks using different colors with regexes using only a single color (#2663)
Linux: Workaround for broken Nvidia drivers for old cards (#456)
Wayland: Fix kitty being killed on some Wayland compositors if a hidden window has a lot of output (#2329)
BSD: Fix controlling terminal not being established (#2686)
Add support for the CSI REP escape code (#2702)
Wayland: Fix mouse cursor rendering on HiDPI screens (#2709)
X11: Recompile keymaps on XkbNewKeyboardNotify events (#2726)
X11: Reduce startup time by ~25% by only querying GLX for framebuffer configurations once (#2754)
macOS: Notarize the kitty application bundle (#2040)
Fix the kitty shell launched via a mapping needlessly requiring
allow_remote_controlto be turned on.
Allow showing the name of the current layout and the number of windows in tab titles (#2634)
macOS: Fix a regression in the previous release that caused ligatures to be not be centered horizontally (#2591)
Fix a regression that caused clicking in the padding/margins of windows in the stack layout to switch the window to the first window (#2604)
macOS: Fix a regression that broke drag and drop (#2605)
Report modifier key state when sending wheel events to the terminal program
Wayland: Fix OS window title not updating for hidden windows (#2629)
Allow individually setting margins and padding for each edge (left, right, top, bottom). Margins can also be controlled per window via remote control (#2546)
Fix reverse video not being rendered correctly when using transparency or a background image (#2419)
Allow mapping arbitrary remote control commands to key presses in
X11: Fix crash when doing drag and drop from some applications (#2505)
Update to Unicode 13.0 (#2513)
Render country flags designated by a pair of unicode codepoints in two cells instead of four.
diff kitten: New option to control the background color for filler lines in the margin (#2518)
Fix specifying options for layouts in the startup session file not working (#2520)
macOS: Fix incorrect horizontal positioning of some full-width East Asian characters (#1457)
macOS: Render multi-cell PUA characters centered, matching behavior on other platforms
Linux: Ignore keys if they are designated as layout/group/mode switch keys (#2519)
Marks: Fix marks not handling wide characters and tab characters correctly (#2534)
Allow sending mouse events in kittens (#2538)
icat kitten: Fix display of 16-bit depth images (#2542)
Add ncurses specific terminfo definitions for strikethrough (#2567)
Fix a regression in 0.17 that broke displaying graphics over SSH (#2568)
Fix a regression in 0.17 that broke drawing of borders with non-minimal borders (#2474)
Hints kitten: Allow copying to primary selection as well as clipboard (#2487)
Add a new mappable action
close_other_windows_in_tabto close all but the active window (#2484)
Hints kitten: Adjust the default regex used to detect line numbers to handle line+column numbers (#2268)
Fix blank space at the start of tab bar in the powerline style when first tab is inactive (#2478)
Fix regression causing incorrect rendering of separators in tab bar when defining a tab bar background color (#2480)
Fix a regression in 0.17 that broke the kitty @ launch remote command and also broke the –tab-title option when creating a new tab. (#2488)
Linux: Fix selection of fonts with multiple width variants not preferring the normal width faces (#2491)
Fix a regression in 0.17 that caused tab bar background to be rendered after the last tab as well (#2464)
macOS: Fix a regression in 0.17 that caused incorrect variants to be automatically selected for some fonts (#2462)
Fix a regression in 0.17 that caused kitty @ set-colors to require setting cursor_text_color (#2470)
background_tintoption to darken the background under the text area when using background images and/or transparent windows.
Allow selection of single cells with the mouse. Also improve mouse selection to follow semantics common to most programs (#945)
When the application running in the terminal grabs the mouse, pass middle clicks to the application unless terminal_select_modifiers are pressed (#2368)
X11: Fix arrow mouse cursor using right pointing instead of the default left pointing arrow (#2341)
Allow passing the currently active kitty window id in the launch command (#2391)
unicode input kitten: Allow pressing ctrl+tab to change the input mode (#2343)
Fix a bug that prevented using custom functions with the new marks feature (#2344)
Make the set of URL prefixes that are recognized while hovering with the mouse configurable (#2416)
Fix border/margin/padding sizes not being recalculated on DPI change (#2346)
diff kitten: Fix directory diffing with removed binary files failing (#2378)
macOS: Fix menubar title not updating on OS Window focus change (#2350)
Fix rendering of combining characters with fonts that have glyphs for precomposed characters but not decomposed versions (#2365)
Fix incorrect rendering of selection when using rectangular select and scrolling (#2351)
Allow setting WM_CLASS and WM_NAME when creating new OS windows with the launch command (
macOS: When switching input method while a pending multi-key input is in progress, clear the pending input (#2358)
Fix a regression in the previous release that broke switching to neighboring windows in the Grid layout when there are less than four windows (#2377)
Fix colors in scrollback pager off if the window has redefined terminal colors using escape codes (#2381)
Fix selection not updating properly while scrolling (#2442)
Allow extending selections by dragging with right button pressed (#2445)
Workaround for bug in less that causes colors to reset at wrapped lines (#2381)
X11/Wayland: Allow drag and drop of text/plain in addition to text/uri-list (#2441)
-from the end of URLs (#2436)
@selectionplaceholder not working with launch command (#2417)
Drop support for python 3.5
Wayland: Fix a crash when drag and dropping into kitty (#2432)
diff kitten: Fix images lingering as blank rectangles after the kitten quits (#2449)
diff kitten: Fix images losing position when scrolling using mouse wheel/touchpad
A new Mark text on screen feature that allows highlighting and scrolling to arbitrary text in the terminal window.
Allow having more than one full height window in the
Wayland: Fix window titles being set to very long strings on the order of 8KB causing a crash (#1526)
Allow opening new tabs/windows before the current tab/window as well as after it with the
When triple-click+dragging to select multiple lines, extend the selection of the first line to match the rest on the left (#2284)
Fix a segfault when using
--debug-configwith maps (#2270)
goto_tabnow maps numbers larger than the last tab to the last tab (#2291)
Fix URL detection not working for urls of the form scheme:///url (#2292)
When windows are semi-transparent and all contain graphics, correctly render them. (#2310)
Fix a crash/incorrect rendering when detaching a window in some circumstances (#2173)
hints kitten: Add an option
kitty +kitten hints --ascendingto control if the hints numbers increase or decrease from top to bottom
Fix lines at the edge of the window at certain windows sizes when drawing images on a transparent window (#2079)
Fix window not being rendered for the first time until some input has been received from child process (#2216)
Add a new action launch that unifies launching of processes in new kitty windows/tabs.
hints kitten: Allow completely customizing the matching and actions performed by the kitten using your own script (#2124)
Wayland: Fix key repeat not being stopped when focus leaves window. This is expected behavior on Wayland, apparently (#2014)
When drawing unicode symbols that are followed by spaces, use multiple cells to avoid resized or cut-off glyphs (#1452)
diff kitten: Allow diffing remote files easily via ssh (#727)
Add a new socket only mode for
allow_remote_control. This makes it possible for programs running on the local machine to control kitty but not programs running over ssh.
hints kitten: Allow using named groups in the regular expression. The named groups are passed to the invoked program for further processing.
Fix a regression in 0.14.5 that caused rendering of private use glyphs with and without spaces to be identical (#2117)
Wayland: Fix incorrect scale used when first creating an OS window (#2133)
macOS: Disable mouse hiding by default as getting it to work robustly on Cocoa is too much effort (#2158)
Implement a hack to (mostly) preserve tabs when cat-ting a file with them and then copying the text or passing screen contents to another program (#1829)
When all visible windows have the same background color, use that as the color for the global padding, instead of the configured background color (#1957)
When resetting the terminal, also reset parser state, this allows easy recovery from incomplete escape codes (#1961)
Allow mapping keys commonly found on European keyboards (#1928)
Fix incorrect rendering of some symbols when followed by a space while using the PowerLine font which does not have a space glyph (#1225)
Linux: Allow using fonts with spacing=90 in addition to fonts with spacing=100 (#1968)
Use selection foreground color for underlines as well (#1982)
macOS: Allow drag and drop of text from other applications into kitty (#1921)
When running kittens, use the colorscheme of the current window rather than the configured colorscheme (#1906)
Don’t fail to start if running the shell to read the EDITOR env var fails (#1869)
dligOpenType features for broken fonts such as Nimbus Mono.
Fix a regression that broke setting background_opacity via remote control (#1895)
Fix piping PNG images into the icat kitten not working (#1920)
When the OS returns a fallback font that does not actually contain glyphs for the text, do not exhaust the list of fallback fonts (#1918)
Fix formatting attributes not reset across line boundaries when passing buffer as ANSI (#1924)
Remote control: Add a command kitty @ scroll-window to scroll windows
Allow passing a
!neighborargument to the new_window mapping to open a new window next to the active window (#1746)
Document the kitty remote control protocol (#1646)
Add an option terminal_select_modifiers to control which modifiers are used to override mouse selection even when a terminal application has grabbed the mouse (#1774)
When piping data to a child in the pipe command do it in a thread so as not to block the UI (#1708)
unicode_input kitten: Fix a regression that broke using indices to select recently used symbols.
Fix a regression that caused closing an overlay window to focus the previously focused window rather than the underlying window (#1720)
macOS: Reduce energy consumption when idle by shutting down Apple’s display link thread after 30 second of inactivity (#1763)
Linux: Fix incorrect scaling for fallback fonts when the font has an underscore that renders out of bounds (#1713)
macOS: Fix finding fallback font for private use unicode symbols not working reliably (#1650)
Fix an out of bounds read causing a crash when selecting text with the mouse in the alternate screen mode (#1578)
Linux: Use the system “bell” sound for the terminal bell. Adds libcanberra as a new dependency to play the system sound.
macOS: Fix a rare deadlock causing kitty to hang (#1779)
Linux: Fix a regression in 0.14.0 that caused the event loop to tick continuously, wasting CPU even when idle (#1782)
ssh kitten: Make argument parsing more like ssh (#1787)
Fix a crash when displaying very large number of images (#1825)
hints kitten: Add a
kitty +kitten hints --multiple-joineroption to control how multiple selections are serialized when copying to clipboard or inserting into the terminal. You can have them on separate lines, separated by arbitrary characters, or even serialized as JSON (#1665)
macOS: Fix a regression in the previous release that broke using ctrl+shift+tab (#1671)
panel kitten: Fix the contents of the panel kitten not being positioned correctly on the vertical axis
icat kitten: Fix a regression that broke passing directories to icat (#1683)
Linux: Disable the Wayland backend on GNOME by default as GNOME has no support for server side decorations. Can be controlled by
Add an option to control the default
update_check_intervalwhen building kitty packages
Wayland: Fix resizing the window on a compositor that does not provide server side window decorations, such a GNOME or Weston not working correctly (#1659)
Wayland: Fix crash when enabling disabling monitors on sway (#1696)
Add a shortcut to toggle maximized window state
Add support for the underscore key found in some keyboard layouts (#1639)
Fix a missing newline when using the pipe command between the scrollback and screen contents (#1642)
Fix colors not being preserved when using the pipe command with the pager history buffer (#1657)
macOS: Fix a regression that could cause rendering of a kitty window to occasionally freeze in certain situations, such as moving it between monitors or transitioning from/to fullscreen (#1641)
macOS: Fix a regression that caused cmd+v to double up in the dvorak keyboard layout (#1652)
When resizing and only a single window is present in the current layout, use that window’s background color to fill in the blank areas.
Linux: Automatically increase cell height if the font being used is broken and draws the underscore outside the bounding box (#690)
Wayland: Fix maximizing the window on a compositor that does not provide server side window decorations, such a GNOME or Weston not working (#1662)
macOS: The default behavior of the Option key has changed. It now generates unicode characters rather than acting as the Alt modifier. See
Support for an arbitrary number of internal clipboard buffers to copy/paste from, see (Multiple copy/paste buffers)
macOS: Allow opening new kitty tabs/top-level windows from Finder (#1350)
Allow creating new OS windows in session files (#1514)
Allow setting OS window size in session files
Make live resizing of OS windows smoother and add an option
resize_draw_strategyto control what is drawn while a resize is in progress.
When a window is closed, switch focus to the previously active window (if any) instead of picking the previous window in the layout (#1450)
icat kitten: Add support for displaying images at http(s) URLs (#1340)
A new option
strip_trailing_spacesto optionally remove trailing spaces from lines when copying to clipboard.
macOS: Fix cmd+period key not working (#1318)
macOS: Add an option macos_show_window_title_in_menubar to not show the current window title in the menu-bar (#1066)
macOS: Workaround for cocoa bug that could cause the mouse cursor to become hidden in other applications in rare circumstances (#1218)
Fix using remote control to set cursor text color causing errors when creating new windows (#1326)
Fix window title for minimized windows not being updated (#1332)
macOS: Fix using multi-key sequences to input text ignoring the first few key presses if the sequence is aborted (#1311)
macOS: Add a number of common macOS keyboard shortcuts
macOS: Reduce energy consumption by not rendering occluded windows
Fix scrollback pager history not being cleared when clearing the main scrollback buffer (#1387)
macOS: When closing a top-level window only switch focus to the previous kitty window if it is on the same workspace (#1379)
sync_to_monitornot working on Mojave.
macOS: Use the system cursor blink interval by default
Wayland: Use the kitty Wayland backend by default. Can be switched back to using XWayland by setting the environment variable:
clipboard_controlto disable the kitty copy concatenation protocol extension for OSC 52.
Update to using the Unicode 12 standard
Unicode input kitten: Allow using the arrow keys in code mode to go to next and previous unicode symbol.
macOS: Fix specifying initial window size in cells not working correctly on Retina screens (#1444)
Fix a regression in version 0.13.0 that caused background colors of space characters after private use unicode characters to not be respected (#1455)
Only update the selected text to clipboard when the selection is finished, not continuously as it is updated. (#1460)
When encountering errors in
kitty.confreport them to the user instead of failing to start.
Allow the user to control the resize debounce time via
When launching child processes set the
PWDenvironment variable (#1595)
X11: use the window manager’s native full-screen implementation when making windows full-screen (#1605)
Mouse selection: When extending by word, fix extending selection to non-word characters not working well (#1616)
icat kitten: Add a
--stdinoption to control if image data is read from STDIN (#1308)
hints kitten: Start hints numbering at one instead of zero by default. Added an option
--hints-offsetto control it. (#1289)
macOS: Fix dragging kitty window tabs in traditional full screen mode causing crashes (#1296)
macOS: Ensure that when running from a bundle, the bundle kitty exe is preferred over any kitty in PATH (#1280)
macOS: Fix a regression that broke mapping of ctrl+tab (#1304)
Add a list of user-created kittens to the docs
macOS: Fix “New OS Window” dock action not working when kitty is not focused (#1312)
macOS: Add aliases for close window and new tab actions that conform to common Apple shortcuts for these actions (#1313)
macOS: Fix some kittens causing 100% CPU usage
Report the current foreground processes as well as the original child process, when using kitty @ ls
Use the current working directory of the foreground process for the *_with_cwd actions that open a new window with the current working directory.
Add a new
copy_or_interruptaction that can be mapped to kbd:ctrl+c. It will copy if there is a selection and interrupt otherwise (#1286)
Handle keyboards with a “+” key (#1224)
Fix Private use Unicode area characters followed by spaces at the end of text not being rendered correctly (#1210)
macOS: Add an entry to the dock menu to open a new OS window (#1242)
macOS: Fix scrolling very slowly with wheel mice not working (#1238)
Add an action to resize windows that can be mapped to shortcuts in
Fix using the
new_tab !neighboraction changing the order of the non-neighboring tabs (#1256)
macOS: Fix momentum scrolling continuing when changing the active window/tab (#1267)
Fix passing input via the pipe action to a program without a window not working.
Linux: Fix a regression in the previous release that caused automatic selection of bold/italic fonts when using aliases such as “monospace” to not work (#1209)
Fix resizing window smaller and then restoring causing some wrapped lines to not be properly unwrapped (#1206)
Modify the kittens sub-system to allow creating custom kittens without any user interface. This is useful for creating more complex actions that can be bound to key presses in
kitty.conf. See doc:kittens/custom. (#870)
Add a new
nth_windowaction that can be used to go to the nth window and also previously active windows, using negative numbers. Similarly,
goto_tabnow accepts negative numbers to go to previously active tabs (#1040)
Allow private use unicode characters to stretch over more than a single neighboring space (#1036)
icat kitten: Implement reading image data from STDIN, if STDIN is not connected to a terminal (#1130)
hints kitten: Insert trailing spaces after matches when using the
--multipleoption. Also add a separate
--add-trailing-spaceoption to control this behavior (#1132)
*_with_cwdactions using the cwd of the overlay window rather than the underlying window’s cwd (#1045)
Fix incorrect key repeat rate on wayland (#1055)
macOS: Fix drag and drop of files not working on Mojave (#1058)
macOS: Fix IME input for East Asian languages (#910)
macOS: Fix rendering frames-per-second very low when processing large amounts of input in small chunks (#1082)
macOS: Fix incorrect text sizes calculated when using an external display that is set to mirror the main display (#1056)
macOS: Use the system default double click interval (#1090)
macOS: Fix touch scrolling sensitivity low on retina screens (#1112)
Linux: Fix incorrect rendering of some fonts when hinting is disabled at small sizes (#1173)
Linux: Fix match rules used as aliases in Fontconfig configuration not being respected (#1085)
Linux: Fix a crash when using the GNU Unifont as a fallback font (#1087)
Wayland: Fix copying from hidden kitty windows hanging (#1051)
Wayland: Add support for the primary selection protocol implemented by some compositors (#1095)
set_background_opacityaction not working correctly (#1147)
Fix second cell of emoji created using variation selectors not having the same attributes as the first cell (#1109)
Fix focusing neighboring windows in the grid layout with less than 4 windows not working (#1115)
Fix ctrl+shift+special key not working in normal and application keyboard modes (#1114)
Add a terminfo entry for full keyboard mode.
Fix incorrect text-antialiasing when using very low background opacity (#1005)
When double or triple clicking ignore clicks if they are “far” from each other (#1093)
Follow xterm’s behavior for the menu key (#597)
Fix hover detection of URLs not working when hovering over the first colon and slash characters in short URLs (#1201)
last_used_layoutfunction that can be mapped to a shortcut to switch to the previously used window layout (#870)
move_windowfunctions to switch to neighboring windows in the current layout, and move them around, similar to window movement in vim (#916)
pipefunction that can be used to pipe the contents of the screen and scrollback buffer to any desired program running in a new window, tab or overlay window. (#933)
When mapping the
new_tabaction allow specifying that the tab should open next to the current tab instead of at the end of the tabs list (#979)
Fix a bug causing incorrect line ordering when viewing the scrollback buffer if the scrollback buffer is full (#960)
Fix drag-scrolling not working when the mouse leaves the window confines (#917)
Workaround for broken editors like nano that cannot handle newlines in pasted text (#994)
Linux: Ensure that the python embedded in the kitty binary build uses UTF-8 mode to process command-line arguments (#924)
Linux: Handle fonts that contain monochrome bitmaps (such as the Terminus TTF font) (#934)
Revert change for backspacing of wide characters in the previous release, as it breaks backspacing in some wide character aware programs (#875)
Fix kitty @set-colors not working for tab backgrounds when using the fade tabbar style (#937)
macOS: Fix resizing semi-transparent windows causing the windows to be invisible during the resize (#941)
Linux: Fix window icon not set on X11 for the first OS window (#961)
Remote control: Fix the
focus_windowcommand not focusing the top-level OS window of the specified kitty window (#1003)
Add a new
--start-in-fullscreencommand line flag to start kitty in full screen mode (#856)
macOS: Fix a character that cannot be rendered in any font causing font fallback for all subsequent characters that cannot be rendered in the main font to fail (#799)
Linux: Do not enable IME input via ibus unless the
GLFW_IM_MODULE=ibusenvironment variable is set. IME causes key processing latency and even missed keystrokes for many people, so it is now off by default.
Fix backspacing of wide characters in wide-character unaware programs not working (#875)
Linux: Fix number pad arrow keys not working when Numlock is off (#857)
Wayland: Implement support for clipboard copy/paste (#855)
Allow mapping shortcuts using the raw key code from the OS (#848)
Allow mapping of individual key-presses without modifiers as shortcuts
Fix legacy invocation of icat as kitty icat not working (#850)
Improve rendering of wavy underline at small font sizes (#853)
Fix a regression in 0.12.0 that broke dynamic resizing of layouts (#860)
Add completion of the kitty command for the fish shell (#829)
Linux: Fix XCompose rules with no defined symbol not working (#880)
Linux: Fix crash with some Nvidia drivers when creating tabs in the first top level-window after creating a second top-level window. (#873)
macOS: Diff kitten: Fix syntax highlighting not working because of a bug in the 0.12.0 macOS package
Preserve the mouse selection even when the contents of the screen are scrolled or overwritten provided the new text does not intersect the selected lines.
Implement completion for the kitty command in bash and zsh
Add an option
envto set environment variables in child processes from kitty.conf
Add an action to the
clear_terminalfunction to scroll the screen contents into the scrollback buffer (#1113)
Implement high precision scrolling with the trackpad on platforms such as macOS and Wayland that implement it. (#819)
macOS: Allow scrolling window contents using mouse wheel/trackpad even when the window is not the active window (#729)
Remote control: Allow matching windows by the environment variables of their child process as well
Allow running kittens via the remote control system (#738)
Allow enabling remote control in only some kitty windows
Fix one-pixel line appearing at window edges at some window sizes when displaying images with background opacity enabled (#741)
diff kitten: Fix error when right hand side file is binary and left hand side file is text (#752)
Fix detection of URLs in HTML source code (URLs inside quotes) (#785)
Implement support for emoji skin tone modifiers (#787)
Round-trip the zwj unicode character. Rendering of sequences containing zwj is still not implemented, since it can cause the collapse of an unbounded number of characters into a single cell. However, kitty at least preserves the zwj by storing it as a combining character.
macOS: Disable the custom mouse cursor. Using a custom cursor fails on dual GPU machines. I give up, Apple users will just have to live with the limitations of their choice of OS. (#794)
macOS: Fix control+tab key combination not working (#801)
Linux: Fix slow startup on some systems caused by GLFW searching for joysticks. Since kitty does not use joysticks, disable joystick support. (#830)
Draw only the minimum borders needed for inactive windows. That is only the borders that separate the inactive window from a neighbor. Note that setting a non-zero window margin overrides this and causes all borders to be drawn. The old behavior of drawing all borders can be restored via the
draw_minimal_borderssetting in kitty.conf. (#699)
macOS: Use a custom mouse cursor that shows up well on both light and dark backgrounds (#359)
macOS: Workaround for switching from fullscreen to windowed mode with the titlebar hidden causing window resizing to not work. (#711)
Fix triple-click to select line not working when the entire line is filled (#703)
When dragging to select with the mouse “grab” the mouse so that if it strays into neighboring windows, the selection is still updated (#624)
When clicking in the margin/border area of a window, map the click to the nearest cell in the window. Avoids selection with the mouse failing when starting the selection just outside the window.
When drag-scrolling stop the scroll when the mouse button is released.
Fix a regression in the previous release that caused pasting large amounts of text to be duplicated (#709)
Linux: Allow using XKB key names to bind shortcuts to keys not supported by GLFW (#665)
kitty shell: Ignore failure to read readline history file. Happens if the user migrates their kitty cache directory between systems with incompatible readline implementations.
macOS: Fix an error in remote control when using –listen-on (#679)
Fix pasting large amounts of text very slow (#682)
diff kitten: When triggering a search scroll to the first match automatically
kitty --debug-font-fallbackalso prints out what basic fonts were matched
When closing a kitty window reset the mouse cursor to its default shape and ensure it is visible (#655).
Remote control: Speed-up reading of command responses
Linux installer: Fix installer failing on systems with python < 3.5
Support “-T” as an alias for “–title” (#659)
Fix a regression in the previous release that broke using
--debug-configwith custom key mappings (#695)
diff kitten: Implement searching for text in the diff (#574)
diff kitten: Allow theming the selection background/foreground as well
diff kitten: Display CRLF line endings using the unicode return symbol instead of <d> as it is less intrusive (#638)
diff kitten: Fix default foreground/background colors not being restored when kitten quits (#637)
Fix a regression that broke the legacy increase/decrease_font_size actions
Clear scrollback on reset (#631)
A new kitten to create dock panels on X11 desktops showing the output from arbitrary terminal programs.
Reduce data sent to the GPU per render by 30% (commit: 8dea5b3e)
Implement changing the font size for individual top level (OS) windows (#408)
ssh kitten: Support all SSH options. It can now be aliased directly to ssh for convenience. (#591)
Allow specifying initial window size in number of cells in addition to pixels (#436)
Add a setting to control the margins to the left and right of the tab-bar (#584)
When closing a tab switch to the last active tab instead of the right-most tab (#585)
Wayland: Fix kitty not starting when using wl_roots based compositors (#157)
Wayland: Fix mouse wheel/touchpad scrolling in opposite direction to other apps (#594)
macOS: Keep kitty running even when the last window is closed. This is in line with how applications are supposed to behave on macOS (#543). There is a new option (
macos_quit_when_last_window_closed) to control this.
macOS: Add macOS standard shortcuts for copy, paste and new OS window (⌘+C, ⌘+V, ⌘+N)
Add a config option (
x11_hide_window_decorations) to hide window decorations under X11/Wayland (#607)
Add an option to @set-window-title to make the title change non-permanent (#592)
Add support for the CSI t escape code to query window and cell sizes (#581)
Linux: When using layouts that map the keys to non-ascii characters, map shortcuts using the ascii equivalents, from the default layout. (#606)
Linux: Fix fonts not being correctly read from TrueType Collection (.ttc) files (#577)
hints kitten: Fix a regression that caused some blank lines to be not be displayed.
Linux: Include a man page and the HTML docs when building the linux-package
Remote control: Fix kitty @ sometimes failing to read the response from kitty. (#614)
Fix kitty @ set-colors not working with the window border colors. (#623)
Fix a regression in 0.10 that caused incorrect rendering of the status bar in irssi when used inside screen. (#621)
Add a kitten to easily ssh into servers that automatically copies the terminfo files over.
kitty +kitten ssh myserver.
diff kitten: Make the keyboard shortcuts configurable (#563)
Allow controlling background_opacity via either keyboard shortcuts or remote control. Note that you must set dynamic_background_opacity yes in kitty.conf first. (#569)
diff kitten: Add keybindings to scroll by page
diff kitten: Fix incorrect syntax highlighting for a few file formats such as yaml
macOS: Fix regression that caused the macos_option_as_alt setting to always be disabled for all OS windows in a kitty instance after the first window (#571)
Fix Ctrl+Alt+Space not working in normal and application keyboard modes (#562)
A diff kitten to show side-by-side diffs with syntax highlighting and support for images. See diff kitten.
Make windows in the various kitty layouts manually resizable. See Layouts for details.
Implement support for the SGR faint escape code to make text blend into the background (#446).
Make the hints kitten a little smarter (commit: ad1109b6) so that URLs that stretch over multiple lines are detected. Also improve detection of surrounding brackets/quotes.
Make the kitty window id available as the environment variable
Add a “fat” layout that is similar to the “tall” layout but vertically oriented.
Expand environment variables in config file include directives
Allow programs running in kitty to read/write from the clipboard (commit: 889ca779). By default only writing is allowed. This feature is supported in many terminals, search for OSC 52 clipboard to find out more about using it.
Fix moving cursor outside a defined page area incorrectly causing the cursor to be placed inside the page area. Caused incorrect rendering in neovim, in some situations (#542).
Render a couple more powerline symbols directly, bypassing the font (#550).
Fix ctrl+alt+<special> not working in normal and application keyboard (#548).
Partial fix for rendering Right-to-left languages like Arabic. Rendering of Arabic is never going to be perfect, but now it is at least readable.
Fix Ctrl+backspace acting as plain backspace in normal and application keyboard modes (#538).
Have the paste_from_selection action paste from the clipboard on platforms that do not have a primary selection such as Wayland and macOS (#529)
Fix cursor_stop_blinking_after=0 not working (#530)
Show a bell symbol on the tab if a bell occurs in one of the windows in the tab and the window is not the currently focused window
Change the window border color if a bell occurs in an unfocused window. Can be disabled by setting the bell_border_color to be the same as the inactive_border_color.
macOS: Add support for dead keys
Unicode input: When searching by name search for prefix matches as well as whole word matches
Dynamically allocate the memory used for the scrollback history buffer. Reduces startup memory consumption when using very large scrollback buffer sizes.
Add an option to not request window attention on bell.
Remote control: Allow matching windows by number (visible position).
macOS: Fix changing tab title and kitty shell not working
When triple-clicking select all wrapped lines belonging to a single logical line.
hints kitten: Detect bracketed URLs and don’t include the closing bracket in the URL.
When calling pass_selection_to_program use the current directory of the child process as the cwd of the program.
Add macos_hide_from_tasks option to hide kitty from the macOS task switcher
macOS: When the macos_titlebar_color is set to background change the titlebar colors to match the current background color of the active kitty window
Add a setting to clear all shortcuts defined up to that point in the config file(s)
Add a setting (kitty_mod) to change the modifier used by all the default kitty shortcuts, globally
Fix Shift+function key not working
Support the F13 to F25 function keys
Don’t fail to start if the user deletes the hintstyle key from their fontconfig configuration.
When rendering a private use unicode codepoint and a space as a two cell ligature, set the foreground colors of the space cell to match the colors of the first cell. Works around applications like powerline that use different colors for the two cells.
Fix passing @text to other programs such as when viewing the scrollback buffer not working correctly if kitty is itself scrolled up.
Fix window focus gained/lost events not being reported to child programs when switching windows/tabs using the various keyboard shortcuts.
Fix tab title not changing to reflect the window title when switching between different windows in a tab
Ignore -e if it is specified on the command line. This is for compatibility with broken software that assumes terminals should run with an -e option to execute commands instead of just passing the commands as arguments.
A new kitty command shell to allow controlling kitty via commands. Press ctrl+shift+escape to run the shell.
The hints kitten has become much more powerful. Now in addition to URLs you can use it to select word, paths, filenames, lines, etc. from the screen. These can be inserted into the terminal, copied to clipboard or sent to external programs.
Linux: Switch to libxkbcommon for keyboard handling. It allows kitty to support XCompose and dead keys and also react to keyboard remapping/layout change without needing a restart.
Add support for multiple-key-sequence shortcuts
A new remote control command set-colors to change the current and/or configured colors.
When double-clicking to select a word, select words that continue onto the next/prev line as well.
Add an include directive for the config files to read multiple config files
Improve mouse selection for windows with padding. Moving the mouse into the padding area now acts as if the mouse is over the nearest cell.
Allow setting all 256 terminal colors in the config file
Fix using kitty –single-instance to open a new window in a running kitty instance, not respecting the –directory flag
URL hints: Exclude trailing punctuation from URLs
URL hints: Launch the browser from the kitty parent process rather than the hints kitten. Fixes launching on some systems where xdg-open doesn’t like being run from a kitten.
Allow using rectangle select mode by pressing shift in addition to the rectangle select modifiers even when the terminal program has grabbed the mouse.
Fix presence of XDG_CONFIG_DIRS and absence of XDG_CONFIG_HOME preventing kitty from starting
Revert change in last release to cell width calculation. Instead just clip the right edges of characters that overflow the cell by at most two pixels
Fix a regression that broke the visual bell and invert screen colors escape code
Allow double-click and triple-click + drag to extend selections word at a time or line at a time
Add a keyboard shortcut to set the tab title
Fix setting window title to empty via OSC escape code not working correctly
Linux: Fix cell width calculation incorrect for some fonts (cell widths are now calculated by actually rendering bitmaps, which is slower but more accurate)
Allow specifying a system wide kitty config file, for all users
Add a –debug-config command line flag to output data about the system and kitty configuration.
Wayland: Fix auto-repeat of keys not working
Allow extending existing selections by right clicking
Add a configurable keyboard shortcut and remote command to set the font size to a specific value
Add an option to have kitty close the window when the main processes running in it exits, even if there are still background processes writing to that terminal
Add configurable keyboard shortcuts to switch to a specific layout
Add a keyboard shortcut to edit the kitty config file easily
macOS: Fix restoring of window size not correct on Retina screens
macOS: Add a facility to specify command line arguments when running kitty from the GUI
Add a focus-tab remote command
Fix screen not being refreshed immediately after moving a window.
Fix a crash when getting the contents of the scrollback buffer as text
Extend kitty’s remote control feature to work over both UNIX and TCP sockets, so now you can control kitty from across the internet, if you want to.
Render private use unicode characters that are followed by a space as a two character ligature. This fixes rendering for applications that misuse private-use characters to display square symbols.
Fix Unicode emoji presentation variant selector causing new a fallback font instance to be created
Fix a rare error that prevented the Unicode input kitten from working sometimes
Allow using Ctrl+Alt+letter in legacy keyboard modes by outputting them as Ctrl+letter and Alt+letter. This matches other terminals’ behavior.
Fix cursor position off-by-one on horizontal axis when resizing the terminal
Wayland: Fix auto-repeat of keys not working
Wayland: Add support for window decorations provided by the Wayland shell
macOS: Fix URL hints not working
macOS: Fix shell not starting in login mode on some computers
macOS: Output errors into console.app when running as a bundle
A framework for kittens, that is, small terminal programs designed to run inside kitty and extend its capabilities. Examples include unicode input and selecting URLs with the keyboard.
Input arbitrary unicode characters by pressing Ctrl+Shift+u. You can choose characters by name, by hex code, by recently used, etc. There is even and editable Favorites list.
Open URLs using only the keyboard. kitty has a new “hints mode”. Press Ctrl+Shift+e and all detected URLs on the screen are highlighted with a key to press to open them. The facility is customizable so you can change what is detected as a URL and which program is used to open it.
Add an option to change the titlebar color of kitty windows on macOS
Only consider Emoji characters with default Emoji presentation to be two cells wide. This matches the standard. Also add support for the Unicode Emoji variation presentation selector.
Prevent video tearing during high speed scrolling by syncing draws to the monitor’s refresh rate. There is a new configuration option to control this
When displaying only a single window, use the default background color of the window (which can be changed via escape codes) as the color for the margin and padding of the window.
Add some non standard terminfo capabilities used by neovim and tmux.
Fix large drop in performance when using multiple top-level windows on macOS
Fix save/restore of window sizes not working correctly.
Remove option to use system wcwidth(). Now always use a wcwidth() based on the Unicode standard. Only sane way.
Fix a regression that caused a few ligature glyphs to not render correctly in rare circumstances.
Browsing the scrollback buffer now happens in an overlay window instead of a new window/tab.
Add an option to adjust the width of character cells
Fix selecting text with the mouse in the scrollback buffer selecting text from the line above the actually selected line
Fix some italic fonts having the right edge of characters cut-off, unnecessarily
Allow controlling kitty from the shell prompt/scripts. You can open/close/rename windows and tabs and even send input to specific windows. See the README for details.
Add option to put tab bar at the top instead of the bottom
Add option to override the default shell
Add “Horizontal” and “Vertical” window layouts
Sessions: Allow setting titles and working directories for individual windows
Option to copy to clipboard on mouse select
Fix incorrect reporting of mouse move events when using the SGR protocol
Make alt+backspace delete the previous word
Take the mouse wheel multiplier option in to account when generating fake key scroll events
macOS: Fix closing top-level window does not transfer focus to other top-level windows.
macOS: Fix alt+arrow keys not working when disabling the macos_option_as_alt config option.
kitty icat: Workaround for bug in ImageMagick that would cause some images to fail to display at certain sizes.
Fix rendering of text with ligature fonts that do not use dummy glyphs
Fix a regression that caused copying of the selection to clipboard to only copy the visible part of the selection
Fix incorrect handling of some unicode combining marks that are not re-ordered
Fix handling on non-BMP combining characters
Drop the dependency on libunistring
Add an option to fade the text in inactive windows
Add new actions to open windows/tabs/etc. with the working directory set to the working directory of the current window.
Automatically adjust cell size when DPI changes, for example when kitty is moved from one monitor to another with a different DPI
Ensure underlines are rendered even for fonts with very poor metrics
Fix some emoji glyphs not colored on Linux
Internal wcwidth() implementation is now auto-generated from the unicode standard database
Allow configuring the modifiers to use for rectangular selection with the mouse.
Fix incorrect minimum wayland version in the build script
Fix a crash when detecting a URL that ends at the end of the line
Fix regression that broke drawing of hollow cursor when window loses focus
Support background transparency via the background_opacity option. Provided that your OS/window manager supports transparency, you can now have kitty render pixels that have only the default background color as semi-transparent.
Support multiple top level (OS) windows. These windows all share the sprite texture cache on the GPU, further reducing overall resource usage. Use the shortcut ctrl+shift+n to open a new top-level window.
Add support for a daemon mode using the –single-instance command line option. With this option you can have only a single kitty instance running. All future invocations simply open new top-level windows in the existing instance.
Support colored emoji
Use CoreText instead of FreeType to render text on macOS
Support running on the “low power” GPU on dual GPU macOS machines
Add a new “grid” window layout
Drop the dependency on glfw (kitty now uses a modified, bundled copy of glfw)
Add an option to control the audio bell volume on X11 systems
Add a command line switch to set the name part of the WM_CLASS window property independently.
Add a command line switch to set the window title.
Add more options to customize the tab-bar’s appearance (font styles and separator)
Allow drag and drop of files into kitty. On drop kitty will paste the file path to the running program.
Add an option to control the underline style for URL highlighting on hover
X11: Set the WINDOWID environment variable
Fix middle and right buttons swapped when sending mouse events to child processes
Allow selecting in a rectangle by holding down Ctrl+Alt while dragging with the mouse.
Add an option to control the thickness of lines in box drawing characters
Increase max. allowed ligature length to nine characters
Fix text not vertically centered when adjusting line height
Fix unicode block characters not being rendered properly
Fix shift+up/down not generating correct escape codes
Image display: Fix displaying images taller than two screen heights not scrolling properly
Add support for ligature fonts such as Fira Code, Hasklig, etc. kitty now uses harfbuzz for text shaping which allow it to support advanced OpenType features such as contextual alternates/ligatures/combining glyphs/etc.
Make it easy to select fonts by allowing listing of monospace fonts using: kitty list-fonts
Add an option to have window focus follow mouse
Add a keyboard shortcut (ctrl+shift+f11) to toggle fullscreen mode
macOS: Fix handling of option key. It now behaves just like the alt key on Linux. There is an option to make it type unicode characters instead.
Linux: Add support for startup notification on X11 desktops. kitty will now inform the window manager when its startup is complete.
Fix shell prompt being duplicated when window is resized
Fix crash when displaying more than 64 images in the same session
Add support for colons in SGR color codes. These are generated by some applications such as neovim when they mistakenly identify kitty as a libvte based terminal.
Fix mouse interaction not working in apps using obsolete mouse interaction protocols
Linux: no longer require glew as a dependency
Fix a regression in 0.4.0 that broke custom key mappings
Fix a regression in 0.4.0 that broke support for non-QWERTY keyboard layouts
Avoid using threads to reap zombie child processes. Also prevent kitty from hanging if the open program hangs when clicking on a URL.
Support for drawing arbitrary raster graphics (images) in the terminal via a new graphics protocol. kitty can draw images with full 32-bit color using both ssh connections and files/shared memory (when available) for better performance. The drawing primitives support alpha blending and z-index. Images can be drawn both above and below text. See Terminal graphics protocol. for details.
Refactor kitty’s internals to make it even faster and more efficient. The CPU usage of kitty + X server while doing intensive tasks such as scrolling a file continuously in less has been reduced by 50%. There are now two configuration options
input_delayyou can use to fine tune kitty’s performance vs CPU usage profile. The CPU usage of kitty + X when scrolling in less is now significantly better than most (all?) other terminals. See Performance.
Hovering over URLs with the mouse now underlines them to indicate they can be clicked. Hold down Ctrl+Shift while clicking to open the URL.
Selection using the mouse is now more intelligent. It does not add blank cells (i.e. cells that have no content) after the end of text in a line to the selection.
The block cursor in now fully opaque but renders the character under it in the background color, for enhanced visibility.
Allow combining multiple independent actions into a single shortcut
Add a new shortcut to pass the current selection to an external program
Allow creating shortcuts to open new windows running arbitrary commands. You can also pass the current selection to the command as an arguments and the contents of the screen + scrollback buffer as stdin to the command.