background transparency is not working on gnome terminal

Bug #1292282 reported by Fernando Panizza on 2014-03-14
This bug affects 29 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
GNOME Terminal
One Hundred Papercuts
gnome-terminal (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The "transparent background" option of the gnome terminal is not working properly, the screen background turns black instead of transparent when a solid color is used as backgoround and if an image is being used it will only be visible when the bar is set to none, otherwise it will return to the last solid color selected. I'll attach scrrens on both cases.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
Package: gnome-terminal 3.6.2-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-17.37-generic 3.13.6
Uname: Linux 3.13.0-17-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.13.3-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: GNOME
Date: Thu Mar 13 14:14:17 2014
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-03-04 (9 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-GNOME 14.04 "Trusty Tahr" - Alpha amd64 (20140301)
SourcePackage: gnome-terminal
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:

tags: added: iso-testing
Tim Lunn (darkxst) wrote :

transparency was removed from gnome-terminal 3.8, its quite possible to some other component has changed since then, thus breaking transparency

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Treavize (sonny-rinehart) wrote :

In Terminal if you select Help and About you will see Transpancy working as expected. Close the About dialogue box and transparency fade back to solid black.

Crashbit (crashbit-gmail) wrote :

I have the same problem.

I read that the developers had removed transparency, but I imagine ubuntu team search a workaround to see transparency on terminal.
When I select about from the menú help I will see transparency. It's strange.
I hope to solve this problem, becouse I working with transparency.

System is updated
crashbit@crashbit-Dell-System-XPS-L321X:~$ gnome-terminal --version
Terminal del GNOME 3.6.2
crashbit@crashbit-Dell-System-XPS-L321X:~$ gnome-shell --version
GNOME Shell 3.10.4
crashbit@crashbit-Dell-System-XPS-L321X:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu Trusty Tahr (development branch)
Release: 14.04
Codename: trusty

It affects a non-essential aspect of the package.

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Confirmed
Tobias Wolf (towolf) wrote :

There's a simple patch to re-enable transparency here:

I've set up a PPA with transparent gnome-terminal here:

Marius Gedminas (mgedmin) wrote :

It's possible that gnome-terminal 3.14 might get the translucent background feature back:

Changed in gnome-terminal:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Invalid

Tobias: That PPA sadly requires GnomeShell 3.12 actually, it won't work with vanilla installation.

PinGUY (antoni-norman) wrote :

Here is a work around until it gets fixed.

Jose (jlauio) wrote :

Thanks PinGUY your solution work

Alex Solanos (hakermania) wrote :

I can confirm that PinGUY's solution works fine, but I don't like devilspie running on the background all the time

seems fixed in vivid

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released

Will it be backported to LTS?

Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) wrote :

> Will it be backported to LTS?


Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Varun Garg (varun-10) wrote :

Bug not properly fixed

Running ubuntu gnome (15.04 & up to date)
using numix gnome theme and enabled dark theme in prferences.

The transparency is not active.

However for the current terminal window it can be acticated, if I
1) profile preferences -> colors -> move from none to full back and forth
2) then profile preferences -> general enable and disable custom font

bug still occurs on gnome 3.16 w/ gnome-terminal 3.16
transparency can be enabled by editing the profile preferences and changing the slider a bit
my preferred fix is ... use Konsole :)

okha (saputraokha) on 2015-12-23
Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → okha (saputraokha)
haliphax (haliphax) wrote :

My Gnome terminal also has a solid background on launch, and only by either tweaking settings or using the Help -> About workaround will bring the transparency back. Has been driving me crazy for a few releases now. :(

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