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A simple terminal emulator component for React

A simple terminal emulator component for React


A simple, powerful and highly customisable terminal Emulator for React.

I developed this project for JS-RCON and decided to publish it for public use, since I felt other options weren't sufficient.

I mean, this kind of thing has to be useful to anyone else than me, right? No? Well, it's a nice idea anyway.


  • Highly customisable: Add your own background image, change the colour of different terminal elements and more!
  • Extensively emulates a Unix terminal with dutiful accuracy
  • Easy and powerful command system: Execute code from your own application and send the results to the terminal output.
  • High concurrency: Register multiple terminals on the same page easily and safely without risk of mixing up inputs.


import React from 'react'
import Terminal from 'react-console-emulator'

const commands = {
  echo: {
    description: 'Echo a passed string.',
    usage: 'echo <string>',
    fn: function () {
      return `${Array.from(arguments).join(' ')}`

export default class MyTerminal extends React.Component {
  render () {
    return (
        welcomeMessage={'Welcome to the React terminal!'}
        promptLabel={'[email protected]:~$'}


Prop Description Type
commands Commands for the terminal. See Command syntax for more information. Object
welcomeMessage Welcome message(s) to display in terminal. Set to true to enable the default welcome message, pass an array to send multiple separate messages, or omit to disable the welcome message entirely. String/Array/Boolean
promptLabel Custom prompt label displayed in front of the command input. Omit to enable the default label of $. String
errorText Custom error text displayed when an unknown command is run. Omit to enable the default message. The placeholder [command] in the error string provides the command name that was input String
background Terminal background. Accepts any background that CSS recognises. String (Valid CSS)
backgroundSize The background-size CSS property for the terminal background. String (Valid CSS)
autoFocus Automatically focus the terminal on page load. Boolean
dangerMode Parse command responses as HTML. Warning: This may open your application to abuse. It is recommended that you employ anti-XSS methods to validate command responses when using this option. Boolean
noDefaults Do not register default commands. Warning: If you enable this, you must manually create all command or otherwise the terminal will be moot. Boolean
noAutomaticStdout Disable all automatic output. Useful if you need to rely on manualPushToStdout(). Boolean
noHistory Disable command history. Boolean
textColor The colour of the text in the terminal, minus the prompt label and input. String (Valid CSS)
promptLabelColor The colour of the prompt label. String (Valid CSS)
promptTextColor The colour of the text in the command input field. String (Valid CSS)
className The CSS class name of the root element. String
contentClassName The CSS class name of the terminal content container (Stdout + prompt + input). String
inputAreaClassName The CSS class name of the input area (Prompt + input). String
promptLabelClassName The CSS class name of the prompt label. String
inputClassName The CSS class name of the input element. String

Static output

manualPushToStdout (message, dangerMode, contentElement, inputElement, inputAreaElement)

This is a static function you can call on an instance of react-console-emulator. It allows you to manually push output to the terminal. This may be useful if you have async code that needs to push output even after the function has returned.

Warning: Using this function is not optimal and should be avoided if possible. If used, it is additionally recommended to set the noAutomaticStdout property to disable automatic output and command history (The latter of which will not work in this case).

Parameter reference

Parameter Description Type
message The message to push to the console. Can be HTML if dangerMode is set to true. String
dangerMode If set, set message content with innerHTML as opposed to innerText. It is highly recommended to XSS-proof the message if this setting is being used. Boolean
contentElement The content element to push output to. Uses the first element with the name react-console-emulator__content on the page if omitted. HTMLElement
inputElement The input element to clear after a command. Uses the first element with the name react-console-emulator__input on the page if omitted. HTMLElement
inputAreaElement The input area element to re-position after a command. Uses the first element with the name react-console-emulator__inputArea on the page if omitted. HTMLElement

Command syntax

Commands are passed to the component in the following format.
Each command must have a fn property. All other properties are optional.

const commands = {
  commandName: {
    description: 'Optional description',
    usage: 'Optional usage instruction',
    fn: function (arg1, arg2) { // You may also use arrow functions
      // Arguments passed to the command will be passed to this function in the same order as they appeared in the terminal

      // You can execute custom code here
      const lowerCaseArg1 = arg1.toLowerCase()

      // What you return in this function will be output to the terminal
      return `test ${lowerCaseArg1}`
    explicitExec: true, // If your command outputs nothing to the terminal and you only need the function to be run, enable this