Vintage Terminal

Fully Featured:
- Fast and Accurate Emulation
- Dynamic Scrollback Buffer
- 256 Colors
- Unicode*
- 12 Retro Fonts

Great Mac Integration:
- Drag and Drop Files
- Customizable Keyboard
- Mouse Copy/Paste
- Command-Click to Open URLs
- Save/Recall Favorite Commands

Special Effects:
- Choose from a large collection of themes spanning every era.
- Tweak to your heart's content with a dozen real-time sliders.
- Effects include screen curvature, burn-in, scan-lines, and transparency.
- Glowing halos simulate the human eye's reaction to intense brightness.
- Slow down the bitrate like an old modem.

Dirty Details:
- The quirks of old electronics are charming to the modern eye.
- Watch the strange dance of horizontal desyncs and splitting colors.
- Turn up the static, jitter, and flicker to add an analog warmth.
- Pixels burn-in and slowly fade away when turned off.
- Slow-motion retrace lines show the picture being refreshed.

- Cathode's many lifelike touches constantly surprise and delight.
- Ray tubes burst open in new windows and bounce as they're moved.
- Dynamic perspective, lighting, and shadows raise the bar for app visuals.
- Customizable sound effects highlight your interactions.
- Use an image or webcam photo as glass reflection.

Full-Screen Experience:
- Immerse yourself and disregard thirty years of user interface progress.
- Impress curious onlookers at work, school, or the cafe.
- Zoom in on virtual pixels for blocky resolutions.
- Works great with multiple monitor setups.
- Hide the clutter of modern computing.

But Wait, There's More!:
- Cathode isn't just a terminal, it's also a great text editor.
- Use familiar dialogs, menus, key combos, and gestures.
- Open any image file to generate ASCII art.
- View your webcam feed as real-time ASCII art.
- Save screenshots.

- iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro: 2007 or newer
- MacBook, MacBook Air, Mac mini: mid-2008 or newer
- Unsupported graphics cards: Intel GMA 950 and X3100, ATI Radeon X1600

What’s New

Version 2.4.1

- Faster bit-rates.
- Networking security improvements for macOS Sierra.
- Fixed a bug related to uninstalled fonts.

Ratings and Reviews

gaveasky ,

Extremely configurable and well made

the sounds are so great, it made the terminal something FUN. Now i look forward to every time i have to boot it up for IRC or just to upload some html files. Best $$ I’ve spent on an app in my life.
Screenshots don’t do justice to how good this app looks, there are a lot of themes which are beautiful.

Nmentley ,

A semi functional terminal that works in the most basic of use cases

I’d love to give this app 4 or 5 stars. I think it really deserves it, but for the life of me I can’t figure out why it’s randomly displaying garbage charecters.

When I switch panes in tmux random “q”s show up where my cursor was. When I navigate in neovim there are “q”s everywhere. I have to refresh the buffer to clear them and they’re back after a few seconds. It sort of makes this app unusable. I think the most I could get out of this is loading it up and running a few commands… but anything with a terminal multiplexer and terminal uis with complexity just get messed up with garbage output. :/

So, for what I got this program for, it just doesn’t work. For now, I’ve moved back to alacritty. But I’d love to really get a retro feel in my terminal emulator in the future if these bugs ever get worked out.

Mik0h ,

Great recreation of the past

Way better customization and graphics than cool-retro-term, but the author hasn't updated for almost 3 years. Developer website went defunct a while back as well. No notice or anything from the developer, and I wish they would at least give some notice if they're not going to support their software anymore. Or even better, open source it!


Secret Geometry, Inc.
5.3 MB

OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor



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