Transparent Terminals


Sorry for being so stupid, but could you please give some more detail as to what I would actually enter into Terminal?


Barking at the moon.
Open up the terminal, and click on Terminal > Preferences... then Text and Colors. Change the background color to something dark, like black and your text to a somewhat light color, like white or light blue (you can tweak the text color later, also). Close that terminal window and open up a fresh one.

Type this in:
defaults write TerminalOpaqueness 0.8

You can change that 0.9 to anything between 0.0 and 1.0. I find that anything between 0.7 and 0.9 is pretty good. Close the entire Terminal application and restart it. Voila!


Unofficial Mac Genius
There's a much easier way to make Terminal windows transparent, and you don't even have to use the Terminal to do it! ;)

Just download TinkerTool from , and that has the function built-in to the preference pane.



does anyone know where the defaults command is located? ie: ls is located in the root bin/.