How to use a different terminal on macOS

See also: Install on macOS, shell.

If you want a different terminal application to be used by the Multipass system menu icon, you need to tell macOS to use that terminal for the .command file type. This document presents two ways of achieving this.

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Using duti

duti is a small helper application that can modify the default application preferences. It’s also available from brew.
Find out your preferred terminal’s bundle identifier using mdls:

$ mdls /Applications/iTerm.app/ | grep BundleIdentifier
kMDItemCFBundleIdentifier              = "com.googlecode.iterm2"

And make it the default for script files using duti:

$ duti -s com.googlecode.iTerm2 com.apple.terminal.shell-script shell

Using Finder

Create an empty file with a .command extension and find it in Finder. Select the file and press ⌘I. You should be presented with an information pane like this:

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Expand the “Open with:” section, select your preferred terminal application and click on “Change All…”.


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