Hyper 2

The second generation of the Hyper terminal

#3 Product of the WeekApril 17, 2018

We are pleased to announce Hyper 2, featuring:

- A new high-performance Canvas based rendering engine

- An online catalog of plugins and themes

- The hyper CLI to install plugins and themes with one command

- Improved keymaps support

- Improved support for hyperlinks

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  • Tierney CyrenDeveloper Advocate, NodeSource

    Cross-platform terminal, highly extensible, well supported.


    Occasional issues with Electron, usually fixed within a day or two.

    Been using Hyper since it's initial release. At this point I don't think I'd be comfortable using any other terminal, since I have such a consistent experience when developing on *any* platform. 10/10.

    Tierney Cyren has used this product for one year.
  • Preston BadeerEntrepreneur and Consultant

    Fun, easy to install, easy to mod.


    BATTERY LIFE (this is my main reason for not using it), many plugins aren't practical, performance is more like a browser than a terminal

    Unfortunately I had terrible battery life and RAM/CPU usage compared to iTerm 2, and didn't find many practical plugins (though many of them are cool).

    Preston Badeer has used this product for one year.


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Anthony Da Mota@akdm_ · I upvote things that matter.
Nice improvements! However I'll still stick with iTerm2 since I need performance before anything :(
Kenny Cucchia@kcucchia · Entrepreneur l Altcoin Investor
@akdm_ you upvote things that matter 😅
Anthony Da Mota@akdm_ · I upvote things that matter.
@kcucchia Even tho I won't use it, I can see the improvements made. It deserves my upvote 🤓
Kenny Cucchia@kcucchia · Entrepreneur l Altcoin Investor
@akdm_ I was joking and meant it should be “Matter” not “matters” lol
Anthony Da Mota@akdm_ · I upvote things that matter.
@kcucchia Oh! Yes you're right, I just modified it haha. Thanks!
TimothyMaker@timothyis_ · Front-end Developer / UI Designer
@akdm_ I'm sad to hear you'll stick with iTerm 2, although it's your preference that matters! We put a lot of work into making Hyper 2 as performant or more performant than other similar apps. We've seen a lot of the community happy with the improvements there. I hope you'll give it another try 🙏
Ahmad Awais ⚡@mrahmadawais · 🥑 OSS Dev Advocate & WordPress Core Dev
I really like Hyper terminal. It's hackable and easy to use. Built a few themes for it as well. The JavaScript eco-system + terminal is FTW. P.S. Check out Shades-of-Purple-Hyper theme. 🦄 GIF Demo → https://on.ahmda.ws/qvUU/c GitHub → https://github.com/ahmadawais/sh...
TimothyMaker@timothyis_ · Front-end Developer / UI Designer
@mrahmadawais Nice! I saw you submitted this to the Hyper Store, I'll review it soon! 🖤
Ethan@booligoosh · 👨‍💻👨‍🎤 Making KanbanMail & Code The Web
@mrahmadawais Great theme, can't wait to try it out!
Jacqueline von TesmarHiring@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
Hey @timothyis_ & @chabou69, Can you explain a bit more about what you've built here, to a non-techy?
Mark Colling@markoz · Developer
@timothyis_ @chabou69 @jacqvon Hi :-) Hyper is a terminal built by web technologies such as electron, we use xterm js engine that uses it vs code in its integrated terminal. What differentiates hyper from any other terminal are the plugins and themes.
Eivind Lindbråten@eivindml · 🦊 Developer, Oslo, Norway.
Great explanation for a "non-techy". 😛😉
Mick@mickc79 · Founder of SongBox.Rocks
@timothyis_ @chabou69 @jacqvon @markoz lol that was a very very technical explanation. 2/10 for effort 🧐 I’ll have a bash. He has built a fancy new “terminal”. A “terminal” is an interface that’s lets you talk to your computer by typing in words, as opposed to using the mouse and icons.
Kenny Cucchia@kcucchia · Entrepreneur l Altcoin Investor
TimothyMaker@timothyis_ · Front-end Developer / UI Designer
@chabou69 @jacqvon That's a really good question actually, since Hyper is for devs (from devs). I'll do my best: Hyper is a terminal emulator, similar to the Terminal.app on macOS or cmd.exe on Windows. Basically, it gives you the ability to interact using text with your operating system; based in a graphical interface. Hyper is special because it's built with web technologies, like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This is a good thing because these technologies are common-place these days and we find that many developers wanting to contribute have a much easier time with it thanks to the way it is built. What does this mean? Thankfully, it's much easier for developers to come along and contribute to the app using the languages they already know, or if they don't, it's a much lower bar of entry (it's apparent). On from that, this means Hyper is open for vast improvements from the community! It's open-source (https://github.com/zeit/hyper) so it's easy to contribute to from that perspective too. Hyper also has plugins that those same developers can publish, too. That's where our new Hyper Store (https://hyper.is/plugins and https://hyper.is/themes) comes in. We've tried to make it easy for any user or developer of Hyper to find or build what they're looking for in the app just by creating a plugin! I hope this explains Hyper in a non-techy way. It's always a bit hard for me to explain from a different perspective 😅
Dominik Serafin@serafindominik · Trying to get out of the bubble.
Hyper is awesome after you start it. But starting it takes a while (sometimes even couple of seconds). As a full-stack developer who works with up to 6-10 console windows open sometimes, it's really pain to open/close them when it takes couple of seconds. Where native Windows console opens instantly.
TimothyMaker@timothyis_ · Front-end Developer / UI Designer
@serafindominik Ah, I'm sorry to hear that. I haven't seen this issue commonly from Windows users. Would you mind submitting an issue on the Hyper repo, with the information it asks for, and we can see if there's a way to help out? 🤞
Dominik Serafin@serafindominik · Trying to get out of the bubble.
I'm not talking about like ~10 seconds loading times. I'm talking about 1-3 second loading times 'cause Hyper is based on Electron. Personally, I need that under 100-300ms native console startup times 💆 Nevertheless, Hyper is awesome piece of software and would recommend it to anyone who isn't console power user.
Sid Puri@purisid · Founder, Berkeley CS Referral Network
@serafindominik im sorry did you just say a windows console was better than a terminal?
Dominik Serafin@serafindominik · Trying to get out of the bubble.
@purisid not sure what you exactly mean? If you mean terminal like the terminal in macOS, then nope, I didn't say that Windows console is better. Personally I prefer macOS terminal (and Apple products in general), but I'm a gamer, so my main machine is Windows for everything.
Karolina Geller@karolinageller
Very good