Changelog Interviews Changelog Interviews #487

Warp wants to be the terminal of the future

Today we’re talking with Zach Lloyd, founder of Warp — the terminal being re-imagined for the 21st century and beyond. Warp is a blazingly fast, rust-based terminal that’s being designed from the ground up to work like a modern app. We get into all the details — why now is the right time to re-invent the terminal, where they got started, the business they aim to build around Warp, what it’s going to take to gain adoption and grow, but more importantly — what’s Warp like today to get developers excited and give it a try.


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2022-04-28T06:02:08Z ago

The usage data capturing is kind of worrying for me :/. It sounds really cool otherwise

Jerod Santo

Jerod Santo

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Jerod co-hosts The Changelog, crashes JS Party, and takes out the trash (his old code) once in awhile.

2022-04-28T13:23:17Z ago

You’re not alone! Curious, would making it open source and more of a just-in-time GitHub account linking approach sway you one way or the other?

2022-05-01T08:04:52Z ago

It would definitely go a long way, but since I dont care too much about the collaborative features, I would actually rather it ask me to login when I try to use something that would require me to use the cloud. Better option would be to use something similar to what the Charm folks are doing using SSH as identity vs having to tie it to my Github

2022-04-29T06:49:07Z ago

I would actually pay for a good terminal experience. but when I tried Warp it is not as flexible to give me a similar experience as ITerm or Kitty (currently deciding if Kitty should be my daily driver or ITerm stays).
Long term, I would not use a terminal that is not open source, too much of my day-to-day activities happen in the terminal and I’d rather not give any indication about what/how/statistics to anyone. Of course, an anonymized crash report WITHOUT anything associated with my env is fine (my env being env vars, aliases, path, the input, or anything that I or the OS on my behalf provides to the terminal).
I wish the Warp team luck and hope to see an open-source version of the Warp with more flexibility in the future.

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