Linux: How to use Virtual Console

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

In Linux, there are virtual consoles.

Ctrl+Alt+F1】 to 【Ctrl+Alt+F6】 are all virtual consoles.

What is the use of Virtual Console? Why not just the terminal?

Virtual Console is useful in situations when you need to bypass the GUI (X11) system.

For example, when X11 crashed or frozen.

For example, for getting scancode of a key press, showkey --scancodes works only when in virtual console.