Google Terminal


“Google Terminal – What Google would have looked like in the 1980s”
(c) 2012 mass:werk – media environments, N. Landsteiner, <>
A working service after a video by “If Google were invented in the 80s”.

Google™ is a registered trademark of Google Inc., Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
The artistic layout is the intellectual property of

Neither this page nor the author of this page is in any affiliation with Google Inc. The page accesses search and news services by Google™ in order to provide realistic results in an artistic layout by The last item of any search results always provides a direct link to the corresponding Google™-search as provided by <>.
This service connects directly to without any intermediate service point or gateway. No search data is transmitted to or from this website

Usage Notice:
•  Page back and forth in results using the cursor/arrow keys.
•  Return to the home screen and start a new search by hitting the "0"(zero) key .
•  Hit "ESC" to start a new search regardless of the application's current state.

Additional Features: URL Parameters & Special Queries:
q=query  ...  search term
u=username  ...  login as a specified user
kbd=1  ...  force to show a virtual keyboard
display=color  ...  set the display to color mode (default)
display=green  ...  set the display to monochrome green
display=amber  ...  set the display to monochrome amber
crt=1 or scanlines=1  ...  show scan lines
E.g., the following URL will give SpiderMan a search for "elgoog":

See also:
•  “Google Images Terminal – What Google Images would have looked like in the 80s”
•  Don't miss the “prequel”: “Google60 – Search Mad Men Style” – <>
•  Gamified: “Google-Asteroids – Arcade Style Search” – <>
•  Archived: “Bing Terminal – What Bing would have looked like in the 80s” – <>


What is Google Terminal?

Google Terminal is a web-based application that simulates the appearance and functionality of a classic terminal interface. It will transform the page into a command-line interface, complete with ASCII art, monospaced fonts, and a blinking cursor. Users can then type in various commands to access different Google services and perform searches in a unique way.

It is inspired by a video by that imagines what Google would have looked like in the 1980s. Google Terminal Easter egg is not an official product of Google Inc., but an artistic layout created by N. Landsteiner.

Users can also try out other features such as virtual keyboard, color mode, scan lines, and special queries.

How to use Google Terminal?

To use Google Terminal, you need to visit the website and enter your commands in the prompt. You can use the following commands to perform different types of searches:

  • web [query] - Search the web for the query.
  • images [query] - Search for images related to the query.
  • maps [query] - Search for maps and directions related to the query.
  • news [query] - Search for news articles related to the query.
  • video [query] - Search for videos related to the query.
  • help - Display a list of available commands and options.

You can also use some special queries to access other features of Google Terminal, such as:

  • color - Toggle between monochrome and color mode.
  • scanlines - Toggle between scan lines on and off.
  • keyboard - Toggle between virtual keyboard on and off.
  • about - Display information about Google Terminal and its creator.
What are the potential benefits of using Google Terminal?

Google Terminal is a fun and nostalgic way to experience Google search in a different format. It can also be useful for users who prefer keyboard-based navigation over mouse-based navigation, as it supports keyboard shortcuts and commands. Additionally, Google Terminal can be a learning tool for users who want to familiarize themselves with terminal emulators and shell commands, as it simulates some of their basic features and syntax.