Why did I add a Terminal on my website (and how you can do it too)?

Bony Roopchandani
Jan 11 · 2 min read
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Being a Software Engineer, I always had this idea to have some kind of element on my personal website which not only showcases my skills but also gives it a bit of “nerd” touch. So, I went ahead and built a static Terminal having custom commands.

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This React component is also published as an NPM package for anyone who wants to add it to their app.

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Install it using NPM npm install react-terminal or YARN yarn add react-terminal.


Just declare the commands object (key-value pair where value can be either a string or callback) and pass it as props to the component:

import { ReactTerminal } from "react-terminal";

function MyComponent(props) {
// Define commands here
const commands = {
whoami: "jackharper",
cd: (directory) => `changed path to ${directory}`

return (

Also, make sure to wrap the application mount point around TerminalContextProvider. This retains the state even when the component is unmounted and then mounted back:

import { TerminalContextProvider } from "react-terminal";


For a full list of props, please check the readme.



If you found a bug in this library, please file a GitHub issue here.

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