Archipelago is inspired by Hyper. I started using Hyper as my default terminal while it was in beta and into v1. It was by far the coolest, best looking, minimal, and extensible terminal emulator I had used. But, I found it to be really slow, to the point where if I was going to run a command that I knew would have a lot of output, I would opt for using a different terminal. Along with that, occasionally buffers would overlap making the terminal unreadable and force me to restart.

At the time Hyper was using Hterm which was the culprit of all my issues, so I found the Xterm.js project which solved all these problems and I started making Archipelago. Archipelago works on macOS, Linux, and Windows, supports theming which can be saved to a profile, searching through the scroll-back, a visor pop over, pane splitting, system tests, and much more.

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  • Create multiple tabs
  • Split panes vertically and horizontally
  • Resize panes by clicking and dragging boundaries
  • If you're primarily a TMUX user, you can enable Single Tab Mode and remove the tab bar


  • Search for text in the pane
  • Search by regex, whole words, or respect case sensitivity
  • Search forward or backward


  • Press a configurable hotkey to bring a terminal into focus, even when you are in a different application


  • Store settings into a named profile
  • Store any number of profiles
  • Quickly switch between profiles