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.

Linux Terminal Topic

  1. Linux: Bash Keys, Terminal Keys, Man Page Keys
  2. Linux: Bash Prompt Setup
  3. Difference Between .bashrc, .profile, .bash_profile, …?
  4. Linux: How to use Virtual Console
  5. Linux: Terminal Control Sequence Keys
  6. Linux: Reset Terminal, Clear Screen History
  7. Linux: tmux Tutorial

  1. Linux: man page: text output, reading non-compressed man page, reading unformatted man page
  2. Linux: Bash Manual in Chapters, Using Emacs for Info
  3. Linux: BASH Shell Misc Tips
  4. Linux: Record a Terminal Session, Logging Shell Output

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