For the past couple of years, I have used a great little app called DTerm that allowed me to pop up a special, one time use terminal window on my screen immediately. It was perfect for running whois and dig queries for my day job. Quick query, see the results, and move on.
With OS X Mavericks, DTerm doesn’t seem to be updated and will annoyingly show its configuration window upon starting up every time. Additional, it’s Mac App Store version appears to have been pulled from the App Store. The odds of an update suddenly don’t look promising.
That said, thanks to the knowledgable folks at Stack Overview, there is a way to assign a keyboard shortcut and launch the built-in Terminal app.
- Create an automator action to Launch an Application and select Terminal.
- Save the automator action (I named it ‘Launch Terminal’)
- Go into System Preferences, Keyboard section, and click the Shortcuts tab.
- Find the ‘Launch Terminal’ item under the Services list and click the add shortcut button to the right of it.
- I used the shortcut Command-Control-T.
Now in any app, I can just hold the Command-Control-T keys and a new terminal window appears, ready to accept input.