terminal multiplexer


Start a new session

$ tmux

Start a new named session
$ tmux new -s [name]

List existing sessions
$ tmux ls

Attach to the most recently used session
$ tmux attach

Detach from the current session (inside a tmux session)
$ Ctrl-B d

Create a new window (inside a tmux session)
$ Ctrl-B c

Switch between sessions and windows (inside a tmux session)
$ Ctrl-B w

Kill a session by name
$ tmux kill-session -t [name]


tmux [-2CluvV] [-c shell-command] [-f file] [-L socket-name] [-S socket-path] [command [flags]]


tmux is a terminal multiplexer: it enables a number of terminals to be created, accessed, and controlled from a single screen. tmux may be de‐ tached from a screen and continue running in the background, then later reattached. When tmux is started it creates a new session with a single window and displays it on screen. A status line at the bottom of the screen shows information on the current session and is used to enter interactive com‐ mands. A session is a single collection of pseudo terminals under the management of tmux. Each session has one or more windows linked to it. A window occupies the entire screen and may be split into rectangular panes, each of which is a separate pseudo terminal (the pty(4) manual page documents the technical details of pseudo terminals). Any number of tmux instances may connect to the same session, and any number of windows may be present in the same session. Once all sessions are killed, tmux exits. Each session is persistent and will survive accidental disconnection (such as ssh(1) connection timeout) or intentional detaching (with the ‘C-b d’ key strokes). tmux may be reattached using: $ tmux attach In tmux, a session is displayed on screen by a client and all sessions are managed by a single server. The server and each client are separate processes which communicate through a socket in /tmp. The options are as follows: -2 Force tmux to assume the terminal supports 256 colours. -C Start in control mode (see the CONTROL MODE section). Given twice (-CC) disables echo. -c shell-command Execute shell-command using the default shell. If neces‐ sary, the tmux server will be started to retrieve the default-shell option. This option is for compatibility with sh(1) when tmux is used as a login shell. -f file Specify an alternative configuration file. By default, tmux loads the system configuration file from /etc/tmux.conf, if present, then looks for a user configu‐ ration file at ~/.tmux.conf. The configuration file is a set of tmux commands which are executed in sequence when the server is first started. tmux loads configuration files once when the server process has started. The source-file command may be used to load a file later. tmux shows any error messages from commands in configura‐ tion files in the first session created, and continues to process the rest of the configuration file. -L socket-name tmux stores the server socket in a directory under TMUX_TMPDIR or /tmp if it is unset. The default socket is named default. This option allows a different socket name to be specified, allowing several independent tmux servers to be run. Unlike -S a full path is not necessary: the sockets are all created in the same directory. If the socket is accidentally removed, the SIGUSR1 signal may be sent to the tmux server process to recreate it (note that this will fail if any parent directories are missing). -l Behave as a login shell. This flag currently has no effect and is for compatibility with other shells when using tmux as a login shell. -S socket-path Specify a full alternative path to the server socket. If -S is specified, the default socket directory is not used and any -L flag is ignored. -u When starting, tmux looks for the LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE and LANG environment variables: if the first found contains ‘UTF-8’, then the terminal is assumed to support UTF-8. This is not always correct: the -u flag explicitly informs tmux that UTF-8 is supported. Note that tmux itself always accepts UTF-8; this controls whether it will send UTF-8 characters to the terminal it is running (if not, they are replaced by ‘_’). -v Request verbose logging. Log messages will be saved into tmux-client-PID.log and tmux-server-PID.log files in the current directory, where PID is the PID of the server or client process. If -v is specified twice, an additional tmux-out-PID.log file is generated with a copy of every‐ thing tmux writes to the terminal. The SIGUSR2 signal may be sent to the tmux server process to toggle logging between on (as if -v was given) and off. -V Report the tmux version. command [flags] This specifies one of a set of commands used to control tmux, as described in the following sections. If no com‐ mands are specified, the new-session command is assumed.


tmux may be controlled from an attached client by using a key combination of a prefix key, ‘C-b’ (Ctrl-b) by default, followed by a command key. The default command key bindings are: C-b Send the prefix key (C-b) through to the application. C-o Rotate the panes in the current window forwards. C-z Suspend the tmux client. ! Break the current pane out of the window. " Split the current pane into two, top and bottom. # List all paste buffers. $ Rename the current session. % Split the current pane into two, left and right. & Kill the current window. ' Prompt for a window index to select. ( Switch the attached client to the previous session. ) Switch the attached client to the next session. , Rename the current window. - Delete the most recently copied buffer of text. . Prompt for an index to move the current window. 0 to 9 Select windows 0 to 9. : Enter the tmux command prompt. ; Move to the previously active pane. = Choose which buffer to paste interactively from a list. ? List all key bindings. D Choose a client to detach. L Switch the attached client back to the last session. [ Enter copy mode to copy text or view the history. ] Paste the most recently copied buffer of text. c Create a new window. d Detach the current client. f Prompt to search for text in open windows. i Display some information about the current window. l Move to the previously selected window. n Change to the next window. o Select the next pane in the current window. p Change to the previous window. q Briefly display pane indexes. r Force redraw of the attached client. m Mark the current pane (see select-pane -m). M Clear the marked pane. s Select a new session for the attached client interac‐ tively. t Show the time. w Choose the current window interactively. x Kill the current pane. z Toggle zoom state of the current pane. { Swap the current pane with the previous pane. } Swap the current pane with the next pane. ~ Show previous messages from tmux, if any. Page Up Enter copy mode and scroll one page up. Up, Down Left, Right Change to the pane above, below, to the left, or to the right of the current pane. M-1 to M-5 Arrange panes in one of the five preset layouts: even- horizontal, even-vertical, main-horizontal, main-verti‐ cal, or tiled. Space Arrange the current window in the next preset layout. M-n Move to the next window with a bell or activity marker. M-o Rotate the panes in the current window backwards. M-p Move to the previous window with a bell or activity marker. C-Up, C-Down C-Left, C-Right Resize the current pane in steps of one cell. M-Up, M-Down M-Left, M-Right Resize the current pane in steps of five cells. Key bindings may be changed with the bind-key and unbind-key commands.


The appearance and behaviour of tmux may be modified by changing the value of various options. There are three types of option: server options, session options and window options. The tmux server has a set of global options which do not apply to any particular window or session. These are altered with the set-option -s command, or displayed with the show-options -s command. In addition, each individual session may have a set of session options, and there is a separate set of global session options. Sessions which do not have a particular option configured inherit the value from the global session options. Session options are set or unset with the set-option command and may be listed with the show-options command. The available server and session options are listed under the set-option command. Similarly, a set of window options is attached to each window, and there is a set of global window options from which any unset options are inher‐ ited. Window options are altered with the set-window-option command and can be listed with the show-window-options command. All window options are documented with the set-window-option command. tmux also supports user options which are prefixed with a ‘@’. User op‐ tions may have any name, so long as they are prefixed with ‘@’, and be set to any string. For example: $ tmux setw -q @foo "abc123" $ tmux showw -v @foo abc123 Commands which set options are as follows: set-option [-aFgoqsuw] [-t target-session | target-window] option value (alias: set) Set a window option with -w (equivalent to the set-window-option command), a server option with -s, otherwise a session option. If -g is given, the global session or window option is set. -F expands formats in the option value. The -u flag unsets an op‐ tion, so a session inherits the option from the global options (or with -g, restores a global option to the default). The -o flag prevents setting an option that is already set and the -q flag suppresses errors about unknown or ambiguous options. With -a, and if the option expects a string or a style, value is appended to the existing setting. For example: set -g status-left "foo" set -ag status-left "bar" Will result in ‘foobar’. And: set -g status-style "bg=red" set -ag status-style "fg=blue" Will result in a red background and blue foreground. Without -a, the result would be the default background and a blue foreground. Available window options are listed under set-window-option. value depends on the option and may be a number, a string, or a flag (on, off, or omitted to toggle). Available server options are: buffer-limit number Set the number of buffers; as new buffers are added to the top of the stack, old ones are removed from the bot‐ tom if necessary to maintain this maximum length. command-alias[] name=value This is an array of custom aliases for commands. If an unknown command matches name, it is replaced with value. For example, after: set -s command-alias[100] zoom='resize-pane -Z' Using: zoom -t:.1 Is equivalent to: resize-pane -Z -t:.1 Note that aliases are expanded when a command is parsed rather than when it is executed, so binding an alias with bind-key will bind the expanded form. default-terminal terminal Set the default terminal for new windows created in this session - the default value of the TERM environment vari‐ able. For tmux to work correctly, this must be set to ‘screen’, ‘tmux’ or a derivative of them. escape-time time Set the time in milliseconds for which tmux waits after an escape is input to determine if it is part of a func‐ tion or meta key sequences. The default is 500 millisec‐ onds. exit-empty [on | off] If enabled (the default), the server will exit when there are no active sessions. exit-unattached [on | off] If enabled, the server will exit when there are no at‐ tached clients. focus-events [on | off] When enabled, focus events are requested from the termi‐ nal if supported and passed through to applications run‐ ning in tmux. Attached clients should be detached and attached again after changing this option. history-file path If not empty, a file to which tmux will write command prompt history on exit and load it from on start. message-limit number Set the number of error or information messages to save in the message log for each client. The default is 100. set-clipboard [on | external | off] Attempt to set the terminal clipboard content using the xterm(1) escape sequence, if there is an Ms entry in the terminfo(5) description (see the TERMINFO EXTENSIONS sec‐ tion). If set to on, tmux will both accept the escape sequence to create a buffer and attempt to set the terminal clip‐ board. If set to external, tmux will attempt to set the terminal clipboard but ignore attempts by applications to set tmux buffers. If off, tmux will neither accept the clipboard escape sequence nor attempt to set the clip‐ board. Note that this feature needs to be enabled in xterm(1) by setting the resource: disallowedWindowOps: 20,21,SetXprop Or changing this property from the xterm(1) interactive menu when required. terminal-overrides[] string Allow terminal descriptions read using terminfo(5) to be overridden. Each entry is a colon-separated string made up of a terminal type pattern (matched using fnmatch(3)) and a set of name=value entries. For example, to set the ‘clear’ terminfo(5) entry to ‘\e[H\e[2J’ for all terminal types matching ‘rxvt*’: rxvt*:clear=\e[H\e[2J The terminal entry value is passed through strunvis(3) before interpretation. Available session options are: activity-action [any | none | current | other] Set action on window activity when monitor-activity is on. any means activity in any window linked to a session causes a bell or message (depending on visual-activity) in the current window of that session, none means all ac‐ tivity is ignored (equivalent to monitor-activity being off), current means only activity in windows other than the current window are ignored and other means activity in the current window is ignored but not those in other windows. assume-paste-time milliseconds If keys are entered faster than one in milliseconds, they are assumed to have been pasted rather than typed and tmux key bindings are not processed. The default is one millisecond and zero disables. base-index index Set the base index from which an unused index should be searched when a new window is created. The default is zero. bell-action [any | none | current | other] Set action on a bell in a window when monitor-bell is on. The values are the same as those for activity-action. default-command shell-command Set the command used for new windows (if not specified when the window is created) to shell-command, which may be any sh(1) command. The default is an empty string, which instructs tmux to create a login shell using the value of the default-shell option. default-size XxY Set the default size of new windows when the window-size option is set to manual or when a session is created with new-session -d. The value is the width and height sepa‐ rated by an ‘x’ character. The default is 80x24. default-shell path Specify the default shell. This is used as the login shell for new windows when the default-command option is set to empty, and must be the full path of the exe‐ cutable. When started tmux tries to set a default value from the first suitable of the SHELL environment vari‐ able, the shell returned by getpwuid(3), or /bin/sh. This option should be configured when tmux is used as a login shell. default-size XxY Set the default size of windows when the size is not set or the window-size option is manual. destroy-unattached [on | off] If enabled and the session is no longer attached to any clients, it is destroyed. detach-on-destroy [on | off] If on (the default), the client is detached when the ses‐ sion it is attached to is destroyed. If off, the client is switched to the most recently active of the remaining sessions. display-panes-active-colour colour Set the colour used by the display-panes command to show the indicator for the active pane. display-panes-colour colour Set the colour used by the display-panes command to show the indicators for inactive panes. display-panes-time time Set the time in milliseconds for which the indicators shown by the display-panes command appear. display-time time Set the amount of time for which status line messages and other on-screen indicators are displayed. If set to 0, messages and indicators are displayed until a key is pressed. time is in milliseconds. history-limit lines Set the maximum number of lines held in window history. This setting applies only to new windows - existing win‐ dow histories are not resized and retain the limit at the point they were created. key-table key-table Set the default key table to key-table instead of root. lock-after-time number Lock the session (like the lock-session command) after number seconds of inactivity. The default is not to lock (set to 0). lock-command shell-command Command to run when locking each client. The default is to run lock(1) with -np. message-command-style style Set status line message command style. For how to spec‐ ify style, see the STYLES section. message-style style Set status line message style. For how to specify style, see the STYLES section. mouse [on | off] If on, tmux captures the mouse and allows mouse events to be bound as key bindings. See the MOUSE SUPPORT section for details. prefix key Set the key accepted as a prefix key. In addition to the standard keys described under KEY BINDINGS, prefix can be set to the special key ‘None’ to set no prefix. prefix2 key Set a secondary key accepted as a prefix key. Like prefix, prefix2 can be set to ‘None’. renumber-windows [on | off] If on, when a window is closed in a session, automati‐ cally renumber the other windows in numerical order. This respects the base-index option if it has been set. If off, do not renumber the windows. repeat-time time Allow multiple commands to be entered without pressing the prefix-key again in the specified time milliseconds (the default is 500). Whether a key repeats may be set when it is bound using the -r flag to bind-key. Repeat is enabled for the default keys bound to the resize-pane command. set-titles [on | off] Attempt to set the client terminal title using the tsl and fsl terminfo(5) entries if they exist. tmux automat‐ ically sets these to the \e]0;...\007 sequence if the terminal appears to be xterm(1). This option is off by default. set-titles-string string String used to set the window title if set-titles is on. Formats are expanded, see the FORMATS section. silence-action [any | none | current | other] Set action on window silence when monitor-silence is on. The values are the same as those for activity-action. status [off | on | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5] Show or hide the status line or specify its size. Using on gives a status line one row in height; 2, 3, 4 or 5 more rows. status-format[] format Specify the format to be used for each line of the status line. The default builds the top status line from the various individual status options below. status-interval interval Update the status line every interval seconds. By de‐ fault, updates will occur every 15 seconds. A setting of zero disables redrawing at interval. status-justify [left | centre | right] Set the position of the window list component of the sta‐ tus line: left, centre or right justified. status-keys [vi | emacs] Use vi or emacs-style key bindings in the status line, for example at the command prompt. The default is emacs, unless the VISUAL or EDITOR environment variables are set and contain the string ‘vi’. status-left string Display string (by default the session name) to the left of the status line. string will be passed through strftime(3). Also see the FORMATS and STYLES sections. For details on how the names and titles can be set see the NAMES AND TITLES section. Examples are: #(sysctl vm.loadavg) #[fg=yellow,bold]#(apm -l)%%#[default] [#S] The default is ‘[#S] ’. status-left-length length Set the maximum length of the left component of the sta‐ tus line. The default is 10. status-left-style style Set the style of the left part of the status line. For how to specify style, see the STYLES section. status-position [top | bottom] Set the position of the status line. status-right string Display string to the right of the status line. By de‐ fault, the current pane title in double quotes, the date and the time are shown. As with status-left, string will be passed to strftime(3) and character pairs are re‐ placed. status-right-length length Set the maximum length of the right component of the sta‐ tus line. The default is 40. status-right-style style Set the style of the right part of the status line. For how to specify style, see the STYLES section. status-style style Set status line style. For how to specify style, see the STYLES section. update-environment[] variable Set list of environment variables to be copied into the session environment when a new session is created or an existing session is attached. Any variables that do not exist in the source environment are set to be removed from the session environment (as if -r was given to the set-environment command). user-keys[] key Set list of user-defined key escape sequences. Each item is associated with a key named ‘User0’, ‘User1’, and so on. For example: set -s user-keys[0] "\e[5;30012~" bind User0 resize-pane -L 3 visual-activity [on | off | both] If on, display a message instead of sending a bell when activity occurs in a window for which the monitor-activity window option is enabled. If set to both, a bell and a message are produced. visual-bell [on | off | both] If on, a message is shown on a bell in a window for which the monitor-bell window option is enabled instead of it being passed through to the terminal (which normally makes a sound). If set to both, a bell and a message are produced. Also see the bell-action option. visual-silence [on | off | both] If monitor-silence is enabled, prints a message after the interval has expired on a given window instead of sending a bell. If set to both, a bell and a message are pro‐ duced. word-separators string Sets the session's conception of what characters are con‐ sidered word separators, for the purposes of the next and previous word commands in copy mode. The default is ‘ -_@’. set-window-option [-aFgoqu] [-t target-window] option value (alias: setw) Set a window option. The -a, -F, -g, -o, -q and -u flags work similarly to the set-option command. Supported window options are: aggressive-resize [on | off] Aggressively resize the chosen window. This means that tmux will resize the window to the size of the smallest or largest session (see the window-size option) for which it is the current window, rather than the session to which it is attached. The window may resize when the current window is changed on another session; this option is good for full-screen programs which support SIGWINCH and poor for interactive programs such as shells. allow-rename [on | off] Allow programs to change the window name using a terminal escape sequence (\ek...\e\\). The default is off. alternate-screen [on | off] This option configures whether programs running inside tmux may use the terminal alternate screen feature, which allows the smcup and rmcup terminfo(5) capabilities. The alternate screen feature preserves the contents of the window when an interactive application starts and re‐ stores it on exit, so that any output visible before the application starts reappears unchanged after it exits. The default is on. automatic-rename [on | off] Control automatic window renaming. When this setting is enabled, tmux will rename the window automatically using the format specified by automatic-rename-format. This flag is automatically disabled for an individual window when a name is specified at creation with new-window or new-session, or later with rename-window, or with a ter‐ minal escape sequence. It may be switched off globally with: set-window-option -g automatic-rename off automatic-rename-format format The format (see FORMATS) used when the automatic-rename option is enabled. clock-mode-colour colour Set clock colour. clock-mode-style [12 | 24] Set clock hour format. main-pane-height height main-pane-width width Set the width or height of the main (left or top) pane in the main-horizontal or main-vertical layouts. mode-keys [vi | emacs] Use vi or emacs-style key bindings in copy mode. The de‐ fault is emacs, unless VISUAL or EDITOR contains ‘vi’. mode-style style Set window modes style. For how to specify style, see the STYLES section. monitor-activity [on | off] Monitor for activity in the window. Windows with activ‐ ity are highlighted in the status line. monitor-bell [on | off] Monitor for a bell in the window. Windows with a bell are highlighted in the status line. monitor-silence [interval] Monitor for silence (no activity) in the window within interval seconds. Windows that have been silent for the interval are highlighted in the status line. An interval of zero disables the monitoring. other-pane-height height Set the height of the other panes (not the main pane) in the main-horizontal layout. If this option is set to 0 (the default), it will have no effect. If both the main-pane-height and other-pane-height options are set, the main pane will grow taller to make the other panes the specified height, but will never shrink to do so. other-pane-width width Like other-pane-height, but set the width of other panes in the main-vertical layout. pane-active-border-style style Set the pane border style for the currently active pane. For how to specify style, see the STYLES section. At‐ tributes are ignored. pane-base-index index Like base-index, but set the starting index for pane num‐ bers. pane-border-format format Set the text shown in pane border status lines. pane-border-status [off | top | bottom] Turn pane border status lines off or set their position. pane-border-style style Set the pane border style for panes aside from the active pane. For how to specify style, see the STYLES section. Attributes are ignored. remain-on-exit [on | off] A window with this flag set is not destroyed when the program running in it exits. The window may be reacti‐ vated with the respawn-window command. synchronize-panes [on | off] Duplicate input to any pane to all other panes in the same window (only for panes that are not in any special mode). window-active-style style Set the style for the window's active pane. For how to specify style, see the STYLES section. window-status-activity-style style Set status line style for windows with an activity alert. For how to specify style, see the STYLES section. window-status-bell-style style Set status line style for windows with a bell alert. For how to specify style, see the STYLES section. window-status-current-format string Like window-status-format, but is the format used when the window is the current window. window-status-current-style style Set status line style for the currently active window. For how to specify style, see the STYLES section. window-status-format string Set the format in which the window is displayed in the status line window list. See the FORMATS and STYLES sec‐ tions. window-status-last-style style Set status line style for the last active window. For how to specify style, see the STYLES section. window-status-separator string Sets the separator drawn between windows in the status line. The default is a single space character. window-status-style style Set status line style for a single window. For how to specify style, see the STYLES section. window-size largest | smallest | manual Configure how tmux determines the window size. If set to largest, the size of the largest attached session is used; if smallest, the size of the smallest. If manual, the size of a new window is set from the default-size op‐ tion and windows are resized automatically. See also the resize-window command and the aggressive-resize option. window-style style Set the default window style. For how to specify style, see the STYLES section. window-size [smallest | largest | manual] Tell tmux how to automatically size windows either the size of the smallest session containing the window, the size of the largest, or manual size. See also the resize-window command and the default-size and aggressive-resize options. wrap-search [on | off] If this option is set, searches will wrap around the end of the pane contents. The default is on. xterm-keys [on | off] If this option is set, tmux will generate xterm(1) -style function key sequences; these have a number included to indicate modifiers such as Shift, Alt or Ctrl. show-options [-gqsvw] [-t target-session | target-window] [option] (alias: show) Show the window options (or a single window option if given) with -w (equivalent to show-window-options), the server options with -s, otherwise the session options for target session. Global session or window options are listed if -g is used. -v shows only the option value, not the name. If -q is set, no error will be returned if option is unset. show-window-options [-gv] [-t target-window] [option] (alias: showw) List the window options or a single option for target-window, or the global window options if -g is used. -v shows only the op‐ tion value, not the name.


tmux allows commands to run on various triggers, called hooks. Most tmux commands have an after hook and there are a number of hooks not associ‐ ated with commands. A command's after hook is run after it completes, except when the command is run as part of a hook itself. They are named with an ‘after-’ prefix. For example, the following command adds a hook to select the even-verti‐ cal layout after every split-window: set-hook after-split-window "selectl even-vertical" All the notifications listed in the CONTROL MODE section are hooks (with‐ out any arguments), except %exit. The following additional hooks are available: alert-activity Run when a window has activity. See monitor-activity. alert-bell Run when a window has received a bell. See monitor-bell. alert-silence Run when a window has been silent. See monitor-silence. client-attached Run when a client is attached. client-detached Run when a client is detached client-resized Run when a client is resized. client-session-changed Run when a client's attached session is changed. pane-died Run when the program running in a pane exits, but remain-on-exit is on so the pane has not closed. pane-exited Run when the program running in a pane exits. pane-focus-in Run when the focus enters a pane, if the focus-events option is on. pane-focus-out Run when the focus exits a pane, if the focus-events option is on. pane-set-clipboard Run when the terminal clipboard is set using the xterm(1) escape sequence. session-created Run when a new session created. session-closed Run when a session closed. session-renamed Run when a session is renamed. window-linked Run when a window is linked into a session. window-renamed Run when a window is renamed. window-unlinked Run when a window is unlinked from a session. Hooks are managed with these commands: set-hook [-gRu] [-t target-session] hook-name command Without -R, sets (or with -u unsets) hook hook-name to command. If -g is given, hook-name is added to the global list of hooks, otherwise it is added to the session hooks (for target-session with -t). Like options, session hooks inherit from the global ones. With -R, run hook-name immediately. show-hooks [-g] [-t target-session] Shows the global list of hooks with -g, otherwise the session hooks.


Certain commands accept the -F flag with a format argument. This is a string which controls the output format of the command. Replacement variables are enclosed in ‘#{’ and ‘}’, for example ‘#{session_name}’. The possible variables are listed in the table below, or the name of a tmux option may be used for an option's value. Some variables have a shorter alias such as ‘#S’; ‘##’ is replaced by a single ‘#’, ‘#,’ by a ‘,’ and ‘#}’ by a ‘}’. Conditionals are available by prefixing with ‘?’ and separating two al‐ ternatives with a comma; if the specified variable exists and is not zero, the first alternative is chosen, otherwise the second is used. For example ‘#{?session_attached,attached,not attached}’ will include the string ‘attached’ if the session is attached and the string ‘not attached’ if it is unattached, or ‘#{?automatic-rename,yes,no}’ will in‐ clude ‘yes’ if automatic-rename is enabled, or ‘no’ if not. Conditionals can be nested arbitrarily. Inside a conditional, ‘,’ and ‘}’ must be es‐ caped as ‘#,’ and ‘#}’, unless they are part of a ‘#{...}’ replacement. For example: #{?pane_in_mode,#[fg=white#,bg=red],#[fg=red#,bg=white]}#W . Comparisons may be expressed by prefixing two comma-separated alterna‐ tives by ‘==’ or ‘!=’ and a colon. For example ‘#{==:#{host},myhost}’ will be replaced by ‘1’ if running on ‘myhost’, otherwise by ‘0’. An ‘m’ specifies an fnmatch(3) comparison where the first argument is the pat‐ tern and the second the string to compare, for example ‘#{m:*foo*,#{host}}’. ‘||’ and ‘&&’ evaluate to true if either or both of two comma-separated alternatives are true, for example ‘#{||:#{pane_in_mode},#{alternate_on}}’. A ‘C’ performs a search for an fnmatch(3) pattern in the pane content and evaluates to zero if not found, or a line number if found. A limit may be placed on the length of the resultant string by prefixing it by an ‘=’, a number and a colon. Positive numbers count from the start of the string and negative from the end, so ‘#{=5:pane_title}’ will include at most the first 5 characters of the pane title, or ‘#{=-5:pane_title}’ the last 5 characters. Prefixing a time variable with ‘t:’ will convert it to a string, so if ‘#{window_activity}’ gives ‘1445765102’, ‘#{t:window_activity}’ gives ‘Sun Oct 25 09:25:02 2015’. The ‘b:’ and ‘d:’ prefixes are basename(3) and dirname(3) of the variable respectively. ‘q:’ will escape sh(1) special characters. ‘E:’ will ex‐ pand the format twice, for example ‘#{E:status-left}’ is the result of expanding the content of the status-left option rather than the content itself. ‘T:’ is like ‘E:’ but also expands strftime(3) specifiers. ‘S:’, ‘W:’ or ‘P:’ will loop over each session, window or pane and insert the format once for each. For windows and panes, two comma-separated formats may be given: the second is used for the current window or active pane. For example, to get a list of windows formatted like the status line: #{W:#{E:window-status-format} ,#{E:window-status-current-format} } A prefix of the form ‘s/foo/bar/:’ will substitute ‘foo’ with ‘bar’ throughout. In addition, the first line of a shell command's output may be inserted using ‘#()’. For example, ‘#(uptime)’ will insert the system's uptime. When constructing formats, tmux does not wait for ‘#()’ commands to fin‐ ish; instead, the previous result from running the same command is used, or a placeholder if the command has not been run before. If the command hasn't exited, the most recent line of output will be used, but the sta‐ tus line will not be updated more than once a second. Commands are exe‐ cuted with the tmux global environment set (see the ENVIRONMENT section). The following variables are available, where appropriate: Variable name Alias Replaced with alternate_on If pane is in alternate screen alternate_saved_x Saved cursor X in alternate screen alternate_saved_y Saved cursor Y in alternate screen buffer_created Time buffer created buffer_name Name of buffer buffer_sample Sample of start of buffer buffer_size Size of the specified buffer in bytes client_activity Time client last had activity client_created Time client created client_control_mode 1 if client is in control mode client_discarded Bytes discarded when client behind client_height Height of client client_key_table Current key table client_last_session Name of the client's last session client_name Name of client client_pid PID of client process client_prefix 1 if prefix key has been pressed client_readonly 1 if client is readonly client_session Name of the client's session client_termname Terminal name of client client_termtype Terminal type of client client_tty Pseudo terminal of client client_utf8 1 if client supports utf8 client_width Width of client client_written Bytes written to client command Name of command in use, if any command_list_name Command name if listing commands command_list_alias Command alias if listing commands command_list_usage Command usage if listing commands cursor_flag Pane cursor flag cursor_character Character at cursor in pane cursor_x Cursor X position in pane cursor_y Cursor Y position in pane history_bytes Number of bytes in window history history_limit Maximum window history lines history_size Size of history in lines hook Name of running hook, if any hook_pane ID of pane where hook was run, if any hook_session ID of session where hook was run, if any hook_session_name Name of session where hook was run, if any hook_window ID of window where hook was run, if any hook_window_name Name of window where hook was run, if any host #H Hostname of local host host_short #h Hostname of local host (no domain name) insert_flag Pane insert flag keypad_cursor_flag Pane keypad cursor flag keypad_flag Pane keypad flag line Line number in the list mouse_any_flag Pane mouse any flag mouse_button_flag Pane mouse button flag mouse_standard_flag Pane mouse standard flag mouse_all_flag Pane mouse all flag pane_active 1 if active pane pane_at_bottom 1 if pane is at the bottom of window pane_at_left 1 if pane is at the left of window pane_at_right 1 if pane is at the right of window pane_at_top 1 if pane is at the top of window pane_bottom Bottom of pane pane_current_command Current command if available pane_current_path Current path if available pane_dead 1 if pane is dead pane_dead_status Exit status of process in dead pane pane_format 1 if format is for a pane (not assuming the current) pane_height Height of pane pane_id #D Unique pane ID pane_in_mode If pane is in a mode pane_input_off If input to pane is disabled pane_index #P Index of pane pane_left Left of pane pane_mode Name of pane mode, if any. pane_pid PID of first process in pane pane_pipe 1 if pane is being piped pane_right Right of pane pane_search_string Last search string in copy mode pane_start_command Command pane started with pane_synchronized If pane is synchronized pane_tabs Pane tab positions pane_title #T Title of pane pane_top Top of pane pane_tty Pseudo terminal of pane pane_width Width of pane pid Server PID rectangle_toggle 1 if rectangle selection is activated scroll_region_lower Bottom of scroll region in pane scroll_region_upper Top of scroll region in pane scroll_position Scroll position in copy mode selection_present 1 if selection started in copy mode session_alerts List of window indexes with alerts session_attached Number of clients session is attached to session_activity Time of session last activity session_created Time session created session_format 1 if format is for a session (not assuming the current) session_last_attached Time session last attached session_group Name of session group session_group_size Size of session group session_group_list List of sessions in group session_grouped 1 if session in a group session_id Unique session ID session_many_attached 1 if multiple clients attached session_name #S Name of session session_stack Window indexes in most recent order session_windows Number of windows in session socket_path Server socket path start_time Server start time version Server version window_activity Time of window last activity window_activity_flag 1 if window has activity window_active 1 if window active window_bell_flag 1 if window has bell window_bigger 1 if window is larger than client window_end_flag 1 if window has the highest index window_flags #F Window flags window_format 1 if format is for a window (not assuming the current) window_height Height of window window_id Unique window ID window_index #I Index of window window_last_flag 1 if window is the last used window_layout Window layout description, ignoring zoomed window panes window_linked 1 if window is linked across sessions window_name #W Name of window window_offset_x X offset into window if larger than client window_offset_y Y offset into window if larger than client window_panes Number of panes in window window_silence_flag 1 if window has silence alert window_stack_index Index in session most recent stack window_start_flag 1 if window has the lowest index window_visible_layout Window layout description, respecting zoomed window panes window_width Width of window window_zoomed_flag 1 if window is zoomed wrap_flag Pane wrap flag


tmux offers various options to specify the colour and attributes of as‐ pects of the interface, for example status-style for the status line. In addition, embedded styles may be specified in format options, such as status-left-format, by enclosing them in ‘#[’ and ‘’]. A style may be the single term ‘default’ to specify the default style (which may inherit from another option) or a space or comma separated list of the following: fg=colour Set the foreground colour. The colour is one of: black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, white; if supported the bright variants brightred, brightgreen, brightyellow; colour0 to colour255 from the 256-colour set; default for the default colour; terminal for the terminal default colour; or a hexadeci‐ mal RGB string such as ‘#ffffff’. bg=colour Set the background colour. none Set no attributes (turn off any active attributes). bright (or bold), dim, underscore, blink, reverse, hidden, italics, strikethrough, double-underscore, curly-underscore, dotted-underscore, dashed-underscore Set an attribute. Any of the attributes may be prefixed with ‘no’ to unset. align=left (or noalign), align=centre, align=right Align text to the left, centre or right of the available space if appropriate. list=on, list=focus, list=left-marker, list=right=marker, nolist Mark the position of the various window list components in the status-format option: list=on marks the start of the list; list=focus is the part of the list that should be kept in focus if the entire list won't fit in the available space (typically the current window); list=left-marker and list=right-marker mark the text to be used to mark that text has been trimmed from the left or right of the list if there is not enough space. range=left, range=right, range=window|X, norange Mark a range in the status-format option. range=left and range=right are the text used for the ‘StatusLeft’ and ‘StatusRight’ mouse keys. range=window|X is the range for a win‐ dow passed to the ‘Status’ mouse key, where ‘X’ is a window in‐ dex. Examples are: fg=yellow bold underscore blink bg=black,fg=default,noreverse


tmux distinguishes between names and titles. Windows and sessions have names, which may be used to specify them in targets and are displayed in the status line and various lists: the name is the tmux identifier for a window or session. Only panes have titles. A pane's title is typically set by the program running inside the pane using an escape sequence (like it would set the xterm(1) window title in X(7)). Windows themselves do not have titles - a window's title is the title of its active pane. tmux itself may set the title of the terminal in which the client is running, see the set-titles option. A session's name is set with the new-session and rename-session commands. A window's name is set with one of: 1. A command argument (such as -n for new-window or new-session). 2. An escape sequence (if the allow-rename option is turned on): $ printf '\033kWINDOW_NAME\033\\' 3. Automatic renaming, which sets the name to the active command in the window's active pane. See the automatic-rename option. When a pane is first created, its title is the hostname. A pane's title can be set via the title setting escape sequence, for example: $ printf '\033]2;My Title\033\\' It can also be modified with the select-pane -T command.


When the server is started, tmux copies the environment into the global environment; in addition, each session has a session environment. When a window is created, the session and global environments are merged. If a variable exists in both, the value from the session environment is used. The result is the initial environment passed to the new process. The update-environment session option may be used to update the session environment from the client when a new session is created or an old reat‐ tached. tmux also initialises the TMUX variable with some internal in‐ formation to allow commands to be executed from inside, and the TERM variable with the correct terminal setting of ‘screen’. Commands to alter and view the environment are: set-environment [-gru] [-t target-session] name [value] (alias: setenv) Set or unset an environment variable. If -g is used, the change is made in the global environment; otherwise, it is applied to the session environment for target-session. The -u flag unsets a variable. -r indicates the variable is to be removed from the environment before starting a new process. show-environment [-gs] [-t target-session] [variable] (alias: showenv) Display the environment for target-session or the global environ‐ ment with -g. If variable is omitted, all variables are shown. Variables removed from the environment are prefixed with ‘-’. If -s is used, the output is formatted as a set of Bourne shell com‐ mands.


tmux includes an optional status line which is displayed in the bottom line of each terminal. By default, the status line is enabled and one line in height (it may be disabled or made multiple lines with the status session option) and con‐ tains, from left-to-right: the name of the current session in square brackets; the window list; the title of the active pane in double quotes; and the time and date. Each line of the status line is configured with the status-format option. The default is made of three parts: configurable left and right sections (which may contain dynamic content such as the time or output from a shell command, see the status-left, status-left-length, status-right, and status-right-length options below), and a central window list. By de‐ fault, the window list shows the index, name and (if any) flag of the windows present in the current session in ascending numerical order. It may be customised with the window-status-format and window-status-current-format options. The flag is one of the following symbols appended to the window name: Symbol Meaning * Denotes the current window. - Marks the last window (previously selected). # Window activity is monitored and activity has been detected. ! Window bells are monitored and a bell has occurred in the window. ~ The window has been silent for the monitor-silence interval. M The window contains the marked pane. Z The window's active pane is zoomed. The # symbol relates to the monitor-activity window option. The window name is printed in inverted colours if an alert (bell, activity or si‐ lence) is present. The colour and attributes of the status line may be configured, the en‐ tire status line using the status-style session option and individual windows using the window-status-style window option. The status line is automatically refreshed at interval if it has changed, the interval may be controlled with the status-interval session option. Commands related to the status line are as follows: command-prompt [-1i] [-I inputs] [-p prompts] [-t target-client] [template] Open the command prompt in a client. This may be used from in‐ side tmux to execute commands interactively. If template is specified, it is used as the command. If present, -I is a comma-separated list of the initial text for each prompt. If -p is given, prompts is a comma-separated list of prompts which are displayed in order; otherwise a single prompt is dis‐ played, constructed from template if it is present, or ‘:’ if not. Before the command is executed, the first occurrence of the string ‘%%’ and all occurrences of ‘%1’ are replaced by the re‐ sponse to the first prompt, all ‘%2’ are replaced with the re‐ sponse to the second prompt, and so on for further prompts. Up to nine prompt responses may be replaced (‘%1’ to ‘%9’). ‘%%%’ is like ‘%%’ but any quotation marks are escaped. -1 makes the prompt only accept one key press, in this case the resulting input is a single character. -i executes the command every time the prompt input changes instead of when the user ex‐ its the command prompt. The following keys have a special meaning in the command prompt, depending on the value of the status-keys option: Function vi emacs Cancel command prompt Escape Escape Delete current word C-w Delete entire command d C-u Delete from cursor to end D C-k Execute command Enter Enter Get next command from history Down Get previous command from history Up Insert top paste buffer p C-y Look for completions Tab Tab Move cursor left h Left Move cursor right l Right Move cursor to end $ C-e Move cursor to next word w M-f Move cursor to previous word b M-b Move cursor to start 0 C-a Transpose characters C-t confirm-before [-p prompt] [-t target-client] command (alias: confirm) Ask for confirmation before executing command. If -p is given, prompt is the prompt to display; otherwise a prompt is construc‐ ted from command. It may contain the special character sequences supported by the status-left option. This command works only from inside tmux. display-message [-apv] [-c target-client] [-t target-pane] [message] (alias: display) Display a message. If -p is given, the output is printed to std‐ out, otherwise it is displayed in the target-client status line. The format of message is described in the FORMATS section; infor‐ mation is taken from target-pane if -t is given, otherwise the active pane for the session attached to target-client. -v prints verbose logging as the format is parsed and -a lists the format variables and their values.


tmux maintains a set of named paste buffers. Each buffer may be either explicitly or automatically named. Explicitly named buffers are named when created with the set-buffer or load-buffer commands, or by renaming an automatically named buffer with set-buffer -n. Automatically named buffers are given a name such as ‘buffer0001’, ‘buffer0002’ and so on. When the buffer-limit option is reached, the oldest automatically named buffer is deleted. Explicitly named buffers are not subject to buffer-limit and may be deleted with delete-buffer command. Buffers may be added using copy-mode or the set-buffer and load-buffer commands, and pasted into a window using the paste-buffer command. If a buffer command is used and no buffer is specified, the most recently added automatically named buffer is assumed. A configurable history buffer is also maintained for each window. By de‐ fault, up to 2000 lines are kept; this can be altered with the history-limit option (see the set-option command above). The buffer commands are as follows: choose-buffer [-NZ] [-F format] [-f filter] [-O sort-order] [-t target-pane] [template] Put a pane into buffer mode, where a buffer may be chosen inter‐ actively from a list. -Z zooms the pane. The following keys may be used in buffer mode: Key Function Enter Paste selected buffer Up Select previous buffer Down Select next buffer C-s Search by name or content n Repeat last search t Toggle if buffer is tagged T Tag no buffers C-t Tag all buffers p Paste selected buffer P Paste tagged buffers d Delete selected buffer D Delete tagged buffers f Enter a format to filter items O Change sort order v Toggle preview q Exit mode After a buffer is chosen, ‘%%’ is replaced by the buffer name in template and the result executed as a command. If template is not given, "paste-buffer -b '%%'" is used. -O specifies the initial sort order: one of ‘time’, ‘name’ or ‘size’. -f specifies an initial filter: the filter is a format - if it evaluates to zero, the item in the list is not shown, oth‐ erwise it is shown. If a filter would lead to an empty list, it is ignored. -F specifies the format for each item in the list. -N starts without the preview. This command works only if at least one client is attached. clear-history [-t target-pane] (alias: clearhist) Remove and free the history for the specified pane. delete-buffer [-b buffer-name] (alias: deleteb) Delete the buffer named buffer-name, or the most recently added automatically named buffer if not specified. list-buffers [-F format] (alias: lsb) List the global buffers. For the meaning of the -F flag, see the FORMATS section. load-buffer [-b buffer-name] path (alias: loadb) Load the contents of the specified paste buffer from path. paste-buffer [-dpr] [-b buffer-name] [-s separator] [-t target-pane] (alias: pasteb) Insert the contents of a paste buffer into the specified pane. If not specified, paste into the current one. With -d, also delete the paste buffer. When output, any linefeed (LF) charac‐ ters in the paste buffer are replaced with a separator, by de‐ fault carriage return (CR). A custom separator may be specified using the -s flag. The -r flag means to do no replacement (equivalent to a separator of LF). If -p is specified, paste bracket control codes are inserted around the buffer if the ap‐ plication has requested bracketed paste mode. save-buffer [-a] [-b buffer-name] path (alias: saveb) Save the contents of the specified paste buffer to path. The -a option appends to rather than overwriting the file. set-buffer [-a] [-b buffer-name] [-n new-buffer-name] data (alias: setb) Set the contents of the specified buffer to data. The -a option appends to rather than overwriting the buffer. The -n option re‐ names the buffer to new-buffer-name. show-buffer [-b buffer-name] (alias: showb) Display the contents of the specified buffer.


Miscellaneous commands are as follows: clock-mode [-t target-pane] Display a large clock. if-shell [-bF] [-t target-pane] shell-command command [command] (alias: if) Execute the first command if shell-command returns success or the second command otherwise. Before being executed, shell-command is expanded using the rules specified in the FORMATS section, in‐ cluding those relevant to target-pane. With -b, shell-command is run in the background. If -F is given, shell-command is not executed but considered suc‐ cess if neither empty nor zero (after formats are expanded). lock-server (alias: lock) Lock each client individually by running the command specified by the lock-command option. run-shell [-b] [-t target-pane] shell-command (alias: run) Execute shell-command in the background without creating a win‐ dow. Before being executed, shell-command is expanded using the rules specified in the FORMATS section. With -b, the command is run in the background. After it finishes, any output to stdout is displayed in copy mode (in the pane specified by -t or the current pane if omitted). If the command doesn't return success, the exit status is also displayed. wait-for [-L | -S | -U] channel (alias: wait) When used without options, prevents the client from exiting until woken using wait-for -S with the same channel. When -L is used, the channel is locked and any clients that try to lock the same channel are made to wait until the channel is unlocked with wait-for -U.


tmux understands some unofficial extensions to terminfo(5): Cs, Cr Set the cursor colour. The first takes a single string argument and is used to set the colour; the second takes no arguments and restores the default cursor colour. If set, a sequence such as this may be used to change the cursor colour from inside tmux: $ printf '\033]12;red\033\\' Smulx Set a styled underline. The single parameter is one of: 0 for no underline, 1 for normal underline, 2 for double underline, 3 for curly underline, 4 for dotted underline and 5 for dashed under‐ line. Ss, Se Set or reset the cursor style. If set, a sequence such as this may be used to change the cursor to an underline: $ printf '\033[4 q' If Se is not set, Ss with argument 0 will be used to reset the cursor style instead. Tc Indicate that the terminal supports the ‘direct colour’ RGB es‐ cape sequence (for example, \e[38;2;255;255;255m). If supported, this is used for the initialize colour escape se‐ quence (which may be enabled by adding the ‘initc’ and ‘ccc’ ca‐ pabilities to the tmux terminfo(5) entry). Ms Store the current buffer in the host terminal's selection (clip‐ board). See the set-clipboard option above and the xterm(1) man page.


tmux offers a textual interface called control mode. This allows appli‐ cations to communicate with tmux using a simple text-only protocol. In control mode, a client sends tmux commands or command sequences termi‐ nated by newlines on standard input. Each command will produce one block of output on standard output. An output block consists of a %begin line followed by the output (which may be empty). The output block ends with a %end or %error. %begin and matching %end or %error have two arguments: an integer time (as seconds from epoch) and command number. For example: %begin 1363006971 2 0: ksh* (1 panes) [80x24] [layout b25f,80x24,0,0,2] @2 (active) %end 1363006971 2 The refresh-client -C command may be used to set the size of a client in control mode. In control mode, tmux outputs notifications. A notification will never occur inside an output block. The following notifications are defined: %client-session-changed client session-id name The client is now attached to the session with ID session-id, which is named name. %exit [reason] The tmux client is exiting immediately, either because it is not attached to any session or an error occurred. If present, reason describes why the client exited. %layout-change window-id window-layout window-visible-layout window-flags The layout of a window with ID window-id changed. The new layout is window-layout. The window's visible layout is window-visible-layout and the window flags are window-flags. %output pane-id value A window pane produced output. value escapes non-printable char‐ acters and backslash as octal \xxx. %pane-mode-changed pane-id The pane with ID pane-id has changed mode. %session-changed session-id name The client is now attached to the session with ID session-id, which is named name. %session-renamed name The current session was renamed to name. %session-window-changed session-id window-id The session with ID session-id changed its active window to the window with ID window-id. %sessions-changed A session was created or destroyed. %unlinked-window-add window-id The window with ID window-id was created but is not linked to the current session. %window-add window-id The window with ID window-id was linked to the current session. %window-close window-id The window with ID window-id closed. %window-pane-changed window-id pane-id The active pane in the window with ID window-id changed to the pane with ID pane-id. %window-renamed window-id name The window with ID window-id was renamed to name.


~/.tmux.conf Default tmux configuration file. /etc/tmux.conf System-wide configuration file.


To create a new tmux session running vi(1): $ tmux new-session vi Most commands have a shorter form, known as an alias. For new-session, this is new: $ tmux new vi Alternatively, the shortest unambiguous form of a command is accepted. If there are several options, they are listed: $ tmux n ambiguous command: n, could be: new-session, new-window, next-window Within an active session, a new window may be created by typing ‘C-b c’ (Ctrl followed by the ‘b’ key followed by the ‘c’ key). Windows may be navigated with: ‘C-b 0’ (to select window 0), ‘C-b 1’ (to select window 1), and so on; ‘C-b n’ to select the next window; and ‘C-b p’ to select the previous window. A session may be detached using ‘C-b d’ (or by an external event such as ssh(1) disconnection) and reattached with: $ tmux attach-session Typing ‘C-b ?’ lists the current key bindings in the current window; up and down may be used to navigate the list or ‘q’ to exit from it. Commands to be run when the tmux server is started may be placed in the ~/.tmux.conf configuration file. Common examples include: Changing the default prefix key: set-option -g prefix C-a unbind-key C-b bind-key C-a send-prefix Turning the status line off, or changing its colour: set-option -g status off set-option -g status-style bg=blue Setting other options, such as the default command, or locking after 30 minutes of inactivity: set-option -g default-command "exec /bin/ksh" set-option -g lock-after-time 1800 Creating new key bindings: bind-key b set-option status bind-key / command-prompt "split-window 'exec man %%'" bind-key S command-prompt "new-window -n %1 'ssh %1'"


If the mouse option is on (the default is off), tmux allows mouse events to be bound as keys. The name of each key is made up of a mouse event (such as ‘MouseUp1’) and a location suffix, one of the following: Pane the contents of a pane Border a pane border Status the status line window list StatusLeft the left part of the status line StatusRight the right part of the status line StatusDefault any other part of the status line The following mouse events are available: WheelUp WheelDown MouseDown1 MouseUp1 MouseDrag1 MouseDragEnd1 MouseDown2 MouseUp2 MouseDrag2 MouseDragEnd2 MouseDown3 MouseUp3 MouseDrag3 MouseDragEnd3 DoubleClick1 DoubleClick2 DoubleClick3 TripleClick1 TripleClick2 TripleClick3 Each should be suffixed with a location, for example ‘MouseDown1Status’. The special token ‘{mouse}’ or ‘=’ may be used as target-window or target-pane in commands bound to mouse key bindings. It resolves to the window or pane over which the mouse event took place (for example, the window in the status line over which button 1 was released for a ‘MouseUp1Status’ binding, or the pane over which the wheel was scrolled for a ‘WheelDownPane’ binding). The send-keys -M flag may be used to forward a mouse event to a pane. The default key bindings allow the mouse to be used to select and resize panes, to copy text and to change window using the status line. These take effect if the mouse option is turned on.


This section contains a list of the commands supported by tmux. Most commands accept the optional -t (and sometimes -s) argument with one of target-client, target-session target-window, or target-pane. These spec‐ ify the client, session, window or pane which a command should affect. target-client should be the name of the client, typically the pty(4) file to which the client is connected, for example either of /dev/ttyp1 or ttyp1 for the client attached to /dev/ttyp1. If no client is specified, tmux attempts to work out the client currently in use; if that fails, an error is reported. Clients may be listed with the list-clients command. target-session is tried as, in order: 1. A session ID prefixed with a $. 2. An exact name of a session (as listed by the list-sessions command). 3. The start of a session name, for example ‘mysess’ would match a session named ‘mysession’. 4. An fnmatch(3) pattern which is matched against the session name. If the session name is prefixed with an ‘=’, only an exact match is ac‐ cepted (so ‘=mysess’ will only match exactly ‘mysess’, not ‘mysession’). If a single session is found, it is used as the target session; multiple matches produce an error. If a session is omitted, the current session is used if available; if no current session is available, the most re‐ cently used is chosen. target-window (or src-window or dst-window) specifies a window in the form session:window. session follows the same rules as for target-session, and window is looked for in order as: 1. A special token, listed below. 2. A window index, for example ‘mysession:1’ is window 1 in ses‐ sion ‘mysession’. 3. A window ID, such as @1. 4. An exact window name, such as ‘mysession:mywindow’. 5. The start of a window name, such as ‘mysession:mywin’. 6. As an fnmatch(3) pattern matched against the window name. Like sessions, a ‘=’ prefix will do an exact match only. An empty window name specifies the next unused index if appropriate (for example the new-window and link-window commands) otherwise the current window in session is chosen. The following special tokens are available to indicate particular win‐ dows. Each has a single-character alternative form. Token Meaning {start} ^ The lowest-numbered window {end} $ The highest-numbered window {last} ! The last (previously current) window {next} + The next window by number {previous} - The previous window by number target-pane (or src-pane or dst-pane) may be a pane ID or takes a similar form to target-window but with the optional addition of a period followed by a pane index or pane ID, for example: ‘mysession:mywindow.1’. If the pane index is omitted, the currently active pane in the specified window is used. The following special tokens are available for the pane index: Token Meaning {last} ! The last (previously active) pane {next} + The next pane by number {previous} - The previous pane by number {top} The top pane {bottom} The bottom pane {left} The leftmost pane {right} The rightmost pane {top-left} The top-left pane {top-right} The top-right pane {bottom-left} The bottom-left pane {bottom-right} The bottom-right pane {up-of} The pane above the active pane {down-of} The pane below the active pane {left-of} The pane to the left of the active pane {right-of} The pane to the right of the active pane The tokens ‘+’ and ‘-’ may be followed by an offset, for example: select-window -t:+2 In addition, target-session, target-window or target-pane may consist en‐ tirely of the token ‘{mouse}’ (alternative form ‘=’) to specify the most recent mouse event (see the MOUSE SUPPORT section) or ‘{marked}’ (alter‐ native form ‘~’) to specify the marked pane (see select-pane -m). Sessions, window and panes are each numbered with a unique ID; session IDs are prefixed with a ‘$’, windows with a ‘@’, and panes with a ‘%’. These are unique and are unchanged for the life of the session, window or pane in the tmux server. The pane ID is passed to the child process of the pane in the TMUX_PANE environment variable. IDs may be displayed us‐ ing the ‘session_id’, ‘window_id’, or ‘pane_id’ formats (see the FORMATS section) and the display-message, list-sessions, list-windows or list-panes commands. shell-command arguments are sh(1) commands. This may be a single argu‐ ment passed to the shell, for example: new-window 'vi /etc/passwd' Will run: /bin/sh -c 'vi /etc/passwd' Additionally, the new-window, new-session, split-window, respawn-window and respawn-pane commands allow shell-command to be given as multiple ar‐ guments and executed directly (without ‘sh -c’). This can avoid issues with shell quoting. For example: $ tmux new-window vi /etc/passwd Will run vi(1) directly without invoking the shell. command [arguments] refers to a tmux command, passed with the command and arguments separately, for example: bind-key F1 set-option status off Or if using sh(1): $ tmux bind-key F1 set-option status off Multiple commands may be specified together as part of a command sequence. Each command should be separated by spaces and a semicolon; commands are executed sequentially from left to right and lines ending with a backslash continue on to the next line, except when escaped by an‐ other backslash. A literal semicolon may be included by escaping it with a backslash (for example, when specifying a command sequence to bind-key). Example tmux commands include: refresh-client -t/dev/ttyp2 rename-session -tfirst newname set-window-option -t:0 monitor-activity on new-window ; split-window -d bind-key R source-file ~/.tmux.conf \; \ display-message "source-file done" Or from sh(1): $ tmux kill-window -t :1 $ tmux new-window \; split-window -d $ tmux new-session -d 'vi /etc/passwd' \; split-window -d \; attach


The tmux server manages clients, sessions, windows and panes. Clients are attached to sessions to interact with them, either when they are cre‐ ated with the new-session command, or later with the attach-session com‐ mand. Each session has one or more windows linked into it. Windows may be linked to multiple sessions and are made up of one or more panes, each of which contains a pseudo terminal. Commands for creating, linking and otherwise manipulating windows are covered in the WINDOWS AND PANES sec‐ tion. The following commands are available to manage clients and sessions: attach-session [-dEr] [-c working-directory] [-t target-session] (alias: attach) If run from outside tmux, create a new client in the current ter‐ minal and attach it to target-session. If used from inside, switch the current client. If -d is specified, any other clients attached to the session are detached. -r signifies the client is read-only (only keys bound to the detach-client or switch-client commands have any effect) If no server is started, attach-session will attempt to start it; this will fail unless sessions are created in the configuration file. The target-session rules for attach-session are slightly ad‐ justed: if tmux needs to select the most recently used session, it will prefer the most recently used unattached session. -c will set the session working directory (used for new windows) to working-directory. If -E is used, the update-environment option will not be applied. detach-client [-aP] [-E shell-command] [-s target-session] [-t target-client] (alias: detach) Detach the current client if bound to a key, the client specified with -t, or all clients currently attached to the session speci‐ fied by -s. The -a option kills all but the client given with -t. If -P is given, send SIGHUP to the parent process of the client, typically causing it to exit. With -E, run shell-command to replace the client. has-session [-t target-session] (alias: has) Report an error and exit with 1 if the specified session does not exist. If it does exist, exit with 0. kill-server Kill the tmux server and clients and destroy all sessions. kill-session [-aC] [-t target-session] Destroy the given session, closing any windows linked to it and no other sessions, and detaching all clients attached to it. If -a is given, all sessions but the specified one is killed. The -C flag clears alerts (bell, activity, or silence) in all windows linked to the session. list-clients [-F format] [-t target-session] (alias: lsc) List all clients attached to the server. For the meaning of the -F flag, see the FORMATS section. If target-session is speci‐ fied, list only clients connected to that session. list-commands [-F format] (alias: lscm) List the syntax of all commands supported by tmux. list-sessions [-F format] (alias: ls) List all sessions managed by the server. For the meaning of the -F flag, see the FORMATS section. lock-client [-t target-client] (alias: lockc) Lock target-client, see the lock-server command. lock-session [-t target-session] (alias: locks) Lock all clients attached to target-session. new-session [-AdDEP] [-c start-directory] [-F format] [-n window-name] [-s session-name] [-t group-name] [-x width] [-y height] [shell-command] (alias: new) Create a new session with name session-name. The new session is attached to the current terminal unless -d is given. window-name and shell-command are the name of and shell command to execute in the initial window. With -d, the initial size comes from the global default-size option; -x and -y can be used to specify a different size. ‘-’ uses the size of the cur‐ rent client if any. If -x or -y is given, the default-size op‐ tion is set for the session. If run from a terminal, any termios(4) special characters are saved and used for new windows in the new session. The -A flag makes new-session behave like attach-session if session-name already exists; in this case, -D behaves like -d to attach-session. If -t is given, it specifies a session group. Sessions in the same group share the same set of windows - new windows are linked to all sessions in the group and any windows closed removed from all sessions. The current and previous window and any session options remain independent and any session in a group may be killed without affecting the others. The group-name argument may be: 1. the name of an existing group, in which case the new ses‐ sion is added to that group; 2. the name of an existing session - the new session is added to the same group as that session, creating a new group if necessary; 3. the name for a new group containing only the new session. -n and shell-command are invalid if -t is used. The -P option prints information about the new session after it has been created. By default, it uses the format ‘#{session_name}:’ but a different format may be specified with -F. If -E is used, the update-environment option will not be applied. refresh-client [-cDlLRSU] [-C width,height] [-t target-client] [adjustment] (alias: refresh) Refresh the current client if bound to a key, or a single client if one is given with -t. If -S is specified, only update the client's status line. The -U, -D, -L -R, and -c flags allow the visible portion of a window which is larger than the client to be changed. -U moves the visible part up by adjustment rows and -D down, -L left by adjustment columns and -R right. -c returns to tracking the cur‐ sor automatically. If adjustment is omitted, 1 is used. Note that the visible position is a property of the client not of the window, changing the current window in the attached session will reset it. -C sets the width and height of a control client. -l requests the clipboard from the client using the xterm(1) escape sequence and stores it in a new paste buffer. -L, -R, -U and -D move the visible portion of the window left, right, up or down by adjustment, if the window is larger than the client. -c resets so that the position follows the cursor. See the window-size option. rename-session [-t target-session] new-name (alias: rename) Rename the session to new-name. show-messages [-JT] [-t target-client] (alias: showmsgs) Show client messages or server information. Any messages dis‐ played on the status line are saved in a per-client message log, up to a maximum of the limit set by the message-limit server op‐ tion. With -t, display the log for target-client. -J and -T show debugging information about jobs and terminals. source-file [-q] path (alias: source) Execute commands from path (which may be a glob(7) pattern). If -q is given, no error will be returned if path does not exist. Within a configuration file, commands may be made conditional by surrounding them with %if and %endif lines. Additional %elif and %else lines may also be used. The argument to %if and %elif is expanded as a format and if it evaluates to false (zero or empty), subsequent lines are ignored until the next %elif, %else or %endif. For example: %if #{==:#{host},myhost} set -g status-style bg=red %elif #{==:#{host},myotherhost} set -g status-style bg=green %else set -g status-style bg=blue %endif Will change the status line to red if running on ‘myhost’, green if running on ‘myotherhost’, or blue if running on another host. start-server (alias: start) Start the tmux server, if not already running, without creating any sessions. suspend-client [-t target-client] (alias: suspendc) Suspend a client by sending SIGTSTP (tty stop). switch-client [-Elnpr] [-c target-client] [-t target-session] [-T key-table] (alias: switchc) Switch the current session for client target-client to target-session. If -l, -n or -p is used, the client is moved to the last, next or previous session respectively. -r toggles whether a client is read-only (see the attach-session command). If -E is used, update-environment option will not be applied. -T sets the client's key table; the next key from the client will be interpreted from key-table. This may be used to configure multiple prefix keys, or to bind commands to sequences of keys. For example, to make typing ‘abc’ run the list-keys command: bind-key -Ttable2 c list-keys bind-key -Ttable1 b switch-client -Ttable2 bind-key -Troot a switch-client -Ttable1


A tmux window may be in one of two modes. The default permits direct ac‐ cess to the terminal attached to the window. The other is copy mode, which permits a section of a window or its history to be copied to a paste buffer for later insertion into another window. This mode is en‐ tered with the copy-mode command, bound to ‘[’ by default. It is also entered when a command that produces output, such as list-keys, is exe‐ cuted from a key binding. Commands are sent to copy mode using the -X flag to the send-keys com‐ mand. When a key is pressed, copy mode automatically uses one of two key tables, depending on the mode-keys option: copy-mode for emacs, or copy-mode-vi for vi. Key tables may be viewed with the list-keys com‐ mand. The following commands are supported in copy mode: Command vi emacs append-selection append-selection-and-cancel A back-to-indentation ^ M-m begin-selection Space C-Space bottom-line L cancel q Escape clear-selection Escape C-g copy-end-of-line D C-k copy-line copy-pipe copy-pipe-and-cancel copy-selection copy-selection-and-cancel Enter M-w cursor-down j Down cursor-left h Left cursor-right l Right cursor-up k Up end-of-line $ C-e goto-line : g halfpage-down C-d M-Down halfpage-down-and-cancel halfpage-up C-u M-Up history-bottom G M-> history-top g M-< jump-again ; ; jump-backward F F jump-forward f f jump-reverse , , jump-to-backward T jump-to-forward t middle-line M M-r next-paragraph } M-} next-space W next-space-end E next-word w next-word-end e M-f other-end o page-down C-f PageDown page-down-and-cancel page-up C-b PageUp previous-paragraph { M-{ previous-space B previous-word b M-b rectangle-toggle v R scroll-down C-e C-Down scroll-down-and-cancel scroll-up C-y C-Up search-again n n search-backward ? search-forward / search-backward-incremental C-r search-forward-incremental C-s search-reverse N N select-line V start-of-line 0 C-a stop-selection top-line H M-R The ‘-and-cancel’ variants of some commands exit copy mode after they have completed (for copy commands) or when the cursor reaches the bottom (for scrolling commands). The next and previous word keys use space and the ‘-’, ‘_’ and ‘@’ char‐ acters as word delimiters by default, but this can be adjusted by setting the word-separators session option. Next word moves to the start of the next word, next word end to the end of the next word and previous word to the start of the previous word. The three next and previous space keys work similarly but use a space alone as the word separator. The jump commands enable quick movement within a line. For instance, typing ‘f’ followed by ‘/’ will move the cursor to the next ‘/’ character on the current line. A ‘;’ will then jump to the next occurrence. Commands in copy mode may be prefaced by an optional repeat count. With vi key bindings, a prefix is entered using the number keys; with emacs, the Alt (meta) key and a number begins prefix entry. The synopsis for the copy-mode command is: copy-mode [-Meu] [-t target-pane] Enter copy mode. The -u option scrolls one page up. -M begins a mouse drag (only valid if bound to a mouse key binding, see MOUSE SUPPORT). -e specifies that scrolling to the bottom of the his‐ tory (to the visible screen) should exit copy mode. While in copy mode, pressing a key other than those used for scrolling will disable this behaviour. This is intended to allow fast scrolling through a pane's history, for example with: bind PageUp copy-mode -eu Each window displayed by tmux may be split into one or more panes; each pane takes up a certain area of the display and is a separate terminal. A window may be split into panes using the split-window command. Windows may be split horizontally (with the -h flag) or vertically. Panes may be resized with the resize-pane command (bound to ‘C-Up’, ‘C-Down’ ‘C-Left’ and ‘C-Right’ by default), the current pane may be changed with the select-pane command and the rotate-window and swap-pane commands may be used to swap panes without changing their position. Panes are numbered beginning from zero in the order they are created. A number of preset layouts are available. These may be selected with the select-layout command or cycled with next-layout (bound to ‘Space’ by de‐ fault); once a layout is chosen, panes within it may be moved and resized as normal. The following layouts are supported: even-horizontal Panes are spread out evenly from left to right across the window. even-vertical Panes are spread evenly from top to bottom. main-horizontal A large (main) pane is shown at the top of the window and the re‐ maining panes are spread from left to right in the leftover space at the bottom. Use the main-pane-height window option to specify the height of the top pane. main-vertical Similar to main-horizontal but the large pane is placed on the left and the others spread from top to bottom along the right. See the main-pane-width window option. tiled Panes are spread out as evenly as possible over the window in both rows and columns. In addition, select-layout may be used to apply a previously used layout - the list-windows command displays the layout of each window in a form suitable for use with select-layout. For example: $ tmux list-windows 0: ksh [159x48] layout: bb62,159x48,0,0{79x48,0,0,79x48,80,0} $ tmux select-layout bb62,159x48,0,0{79x48,0,0,79x48,80,0} tmux automatically adjusts the size of the layout for the current window size. Note that a layout cannot be applied to a window with more panes than that from which the layout was originally defined. Commands related to windows and panes are as follows: break-pane [-dP] [-F format] [-n window-name] [-s src-pane] [-t dst-window] (alias: breakp) Break src-pane off from its containing window to make it the only pane in dst-window. If -d is given, the new window does not be‐ come the current window. The -P option prints information about the new window after it has been created. By default, it uses the format ‘#{session_name}:#{window_index}’ but a different for‐ mat may be specified with -F. capture-pane [-aepPqCJ] [-b buffer-name] [-E end-line] [-S start-line] [-t target-pane] (alias: capturep) Capture the contents of a pane. If -p is given, the output goes to stdout, otherwise to the buffer specified with -b or a new buffer if omitted. If -a is given, the alternate screen is used, and the history is not accessible. If no alternate screen ex‐ ists, an error will be returned unless -q is given. If -e is given, the output includes escape sequences for text and back‐ ground attributes. -C also escapes non-printable characters as octal \xxx. -J joins wrapped lines and preserves trailing spaces at each line's end. -P captures only any output that the pane has received that is the beginning of an as-yet incomplete escape sequence. -S and -E specify the starting and ending line numbers, zero is the first line of the visible pane and negative numbers are lines in the history. ‘-’ to -S is the start of the history and to -E the end of the visible pane. The default is to capture only the visible contents of the pane. choose-client [-NZ] [-F format] [-f filter] [-O sort-order] [-t target-pane] [template] Put a pane into client mode, allowing a client to be selected in‐ teractively from a list. -Z zooms the pane. The following keys may be used in client mode: Key Function Enter Choose selected client Up Select previous client Down Select next client C-s Search by name n Repeat last search t Toggle if client is tagged T Tag no clients C-t Tag all clients d Detach selected client D Detach tagged clients x Detach and HUP selected client X Detach and HUP tagged clients z Suspend selected client Z Suspend tagged clients f Enter a format to filter items O Change sort order v Toggle preview q Exit mode After a client is chosen, ‘%%’ is replaced by the client name in template and the result executed as a command. If template is not given, "detach-client -t '%%'" is used. -O specifies the initial sort order: one of ‘name’, ‘size’, ‘creation’, or ‘activity’. -f specifies an initial filter: the filter is a format - if it evaluates to zero, the item in the list is not shown, otherwise it is shown. If a filter would lead to an empty list, it is ignored. -F specifies the format for each item in the list. -N starts without the preview. This com‐ mand works only if at least one client is attached. choose-tree [-GNswZ] [-F format] [-f filter] [-O sort-order] [-t target-pane] [template] Put a pane into tree mode, where a session, window or pane may be chosen interactively from a list. -s starts with sessions col‐ lapsed and -w with windows collapsed. -Z zooms the pane. The following keys may be used in tree mode: Key Function Enter Choose selected item Up Select previous item Down Select next item x Kill selected item X Kill tagged items < Scroll list of previews left > Scroll list of previews right C-s Search by name n Repeat last search t Toggle if item is tagged T Tag no items C-t Tag all items : Run a command for each tagged item f Enter a format to filter items O Change sort order v Toggle preview q Exit mode After a session, window or pane is chosen, ‘%%’ is replaced by the target in template and the result executed as a command. If template is not given, "switch-client -t '%%'" is used. -O specifies the initial sort order: one of ‘index’, ‘name’, or ‘time’. -f specifies an initial filter: the filter is a format - if it evaluates to zero, the item in the list is not shown, oth‐ erwise it is shown. If a filter would lead to an empty list, it is ignored. -F specifies the format for each item in the tree. -N starts without the preview. -G includes all sessions in any session groups in the tree rather than only the first. This com‐ mand works only if at least one client is attached. display-panes [-b] [-d duration] [-t target-client] [template] (alias: displayp) Display a visible indicator of each pane shown by target-client. See the display-panes-colour and display-panes-active-colour ses‐ sion options. The indicator is closed when a key is pressed or duration milliseconds have passed. If -d is not given, display-panes-time is used. A duration of zero means the indica‐ tor stays until a key is pressed. While the indicator is on screen, a pane may be chosen with the ‘0’ to ‘9’ keys, which will cause template to be executed as a command with ‘%%’ substituted by the pane ID. The default template is "select-pane -t '%%'". With -b, other commands are not blocked from running until the indicator is closed. find-window [-CNTZ] [-t target-pane] match-string (alias: findw) Search for the fnmatch(3) pattern match-string in window names, titles, and visible content (but not history). The flags control matching behavior: -C matches only visible window contents, -N matches only the window name and -T matches only the window ti‐ tle. The default is -CNT. -Z zooms the pane. This command works only if at least one client is attached. join-pane [-bdhv] [-l size | -p percentage] [-s src-pane] [-t dst-pane] (alias: joinp) Like split-window, but instead of splitting dst-pane and creating a new pane, split it and move src-pane into the space. This can be used to reverse break-pane. The -b option causes src-pane to be joined to left of or above dst-pane. If -s is omitted and a marked pane is present (see select-pane -m), the marked pane is used rather than the current pane. kill-pane [-a] [-t target-pane] (alias: killp) Destroy the given pane. If no panes remain in the containing window, it is also destroyed. The -a option kills all but the pane given with -t. kill-window [-a] [-t target-window] (alias: killw) Kill the current window or the window at target-window, removing it from any sessions to which it is linked. The -a option kills all but the window given with -t. last-pane [-de] [-t target-window] (alias: lastp) Select the last (previously selected) pane. -e enables or -d disables input to the pane. last-window [-t target-session] (alias: last) Select the last (previously selected) window. If no target-session is specified, select the last window of the cur‐ rent session. link-window [-adk] [-s src-window] [-t dst-window] (alias: linkw) Link the window at src-window to the specified dst-window. If dst-window is specified and no such window exists, the src-window is linked there. With -a, the window is moved to the next index up (following windows are moved if necessary). If -k is given and dst-window exists, it is killed, otherwise an error is gener‐ ated. If -d is given, the newly linked window is not selected. list-panes [-as] [-F format] [-t target] (alias: lsp) If -a is given, target is ignored and all panes on the server are listed. If -s is given, target is a session (or the current ses‐ sion). If neither is given, target is a window (or the current window). For the meaning of the -F flag, see the FORMATS sec‐ tion. list-windows [-a] [-F format] [-t target-session] (alias: lsw) If -a is given, list all windows on the server. Otherwise, list windows in the current session or in target-session. For the meaning of the -F flag, see the FORMATS section. move-pane [-bdhv] [-l size | -p percentage] [-s src-pane] [-t dst-pane] (alias: movep) Like join-pane, but src-pane and dst-pane may belong to the same window. move-window [-ardk] [-s src-window] [-t dst-window] (alias: movew) This is similar to link-window, except the window at src-window is moved to dst-window. With -r, all windows in the session are renumbered in sequential order, respecting the base-index option. new-window [-adkP] [-c start-directory] [-F format] [-n window-name] [-t target-window] [shell-command] (alias: neww) Create a new window. With -a, the new window is inserted at the next index up from the specified target-window, moving windows up if necessary, otherwise target-window is the new window location. If -d is given, the session does not make the new window the cur‐ rent window. target-window represents the window to be created; if the target already exists an error is shown, unless the -k flag is used, in which case it is destroyed. shell-command is the command to execute. If shell-command is not specified, the value of the default-command option is used. -c specifies the working directory in which the new window is created. When the shell command completes, the window closes. See the remain-on-exit option to change this behaviour. The TERM environment variable must be set to ‘screen’ or ‘tmux’ for all programs running inside tmux. New windows will automati‐ cally have ‘TERM=screen’ added to their environment, but care must be taken not to reset this in shell start-up files. The -P option prints information about the new window after it has been created. By default, it uses the format ‘#{session_name}:#{window_index}’ but a different format may be specified with -F. next-layout [-t target-window] (alias: nextl) Move a window to the next layout and rearrange the panes to fit. next-window [-a] [-t target-session] (alias: next) Move to the next window in the session. If -a is used, move to the next window with an alert. pipe-pane [-IOo] [-t target-pane] [shell-command] (alias: pipep) Pipe output sent by the program in target-pane to a shell command or vice versa. A pane may only be connected to one command at a time, any existing pipe is closed before shell-command is exe‐ cuted. The shell-command string may contain the special charac‐ ter sequences supported by the status-left option. If no shell-command is given, the current pipe (if any) is closed. -I and -O specify which of the shell-command output streams are connected to the pane: with -I stdout is connected (so anything shell-command prints is written to the pane as if it were typed); with -O stdin is connected (so any output in the pane is piped to shell-command). Both may be used together and if neither are specified, -O is used. The -o option only opens a new pipe if no previous pipe exists, allowing a pipe to be toggled with a single key, for example: bind-key C-p pipe-pane -o 'cat >>~/output.#I-#P' previous-layout [-t target-window] (alias: prevl) Move to the previous layout in the session. previous-window [-a] [-t target-session] (alias: prev) Move to the previous window in the session. With -a, move to the previous window with an alert. rename-window [-t target-window] new-name (alias: renamew) Rename the current window, or the window at target-window if specified, to new-name. resize-pane [-DLMRUZ] [-t target-pane] [-x width] [-y height] [adjustment] (alias: resizep) Resize a pane, up, down, left or right by adjustment with -U, -D, -L or -R, or to an absolute size with -x or -y. The adjustment is given in lines or cells (the default is 1). With -Z, the active pane is toggled between zoomed (occupying the whole of the window) and unzoomed (its normal position in the layout). -M begins mouse resizing (only valid if bound to a mouse key binding, see MOUSE SUPPORT). resize-window [-aADLRU] [-t target-window] [-x width] [-y height] [adjustment] (alias: resizew) Resize a window, up, down, left or right by adjustment with -U, -D, -L or -R, or to an absolute size with -x or -y. The adjustment is given in lines or cells (the default is 1). -A sets the size of the largest session containing the window; -a the size of the smallest. This command will automatically set window-size to manual in the window options. respawn-pane [-c start-directory] [-k] [-t target-pane] [shell-command] (alias: respawnp) Reactivate a pane in which the command has exited (see the remain-on-exit window option). If shell-command is not given, the command used when the pane was created is executed. The pane must be already inactive, unless -k is given, in which case any existing command is killed. -c specifies a new working directory for the pane. respawn-window [-c start-directory] [-k] [-t target-window] [shell-command] (alias: respawnw) Reactivate a window in which the command has exited (see the remain-on-exit window option). If shell-command is not given, the command used when the window was created is executed. The window must be already inactive, unless -k is given, in which case any existing command is killed. -c specifies a new working directory for the window. rotate-window [-DU] [-t target-window] (alias: rotatew) Rotate the positions of the panes within a window, either upward (numerically lower) with -U or downward (numerically higher). select-layout [-Enop] [-t target-pane] [layout-name] (alias: selectl) Choose a specific layout for a window. If layout-name is not given, the last preset layout used (if any) is reapplied. -n and -p are equivalent to the next-layout and previous-layout com‐ mands. -o applies the last set layout if possible (undoes the most recent layout change). -E spreads the current pane and any panes next to it out evenly. select-pane [-DdegLlMmRU] [-P style] [-T title] [-t target-pane] (alias: selectp) Make pane target-pane the active pane in window target-window, or set its style (with -P). If one of -D, -L, -R, or -U is used, respectively the pane below, to the left, to the right, or above the target pane is used. -l is the same as using the last-pane command. -e enables or -d disables input to the pane. -m and -M are used to set and clear the marked pane. There is one marked pane at a time, setting a new marked pane clears the last. The marked pane is the default target for -s to join-pane, swap-pane and swap-window. Each pane has a style: by default the window-style and window-active-style options are used, select-pane -P sets the style for a single pane. For example, to set the pane 1 back‐ ground to red: select-pane -t:.1 -P 'bg=red' -g shows the current pane style. -T sets the pane title. select-window [-lnpT] [-t target-window] (alias: selectw) Select the window at target-window. -l, -n and -p are equivalent to the last-window, next-window and previous-window commands. If -T is given and the selected window is already the current win‐ dow, the command behaves like last-window. split-window [-bdfhvP] [-c start-directory] [-l size | -p percentage] [-t target-pane] [shell-command] [-F format] (alias: splitw) Create a new pane by splitting target-pane: -h does a horizontal split and -v a vertical split; if neither is specified, -v is as‐ sumed. The -l and -p options specify the size of the new pane in lines (for vertical split) or in cells (for horizontal split), or as a percentage, respectively. The -b option causes the new pane to be created to the left of or above target-pane. The -f option creates a new pane spanning the full window height (with -h) or full window width (with -v), instead of splitting the active pane. All other options have the same meaning as for the new-window command. swap-pane [-dDU] [-s src-pane] [-t dst-pane] (alias: swapp) Swap two panes. If -U is used and no source pane is specified with -s, dst-pane is swapped with the previous pane (before it numerically); -D swaps with the next pane (after it numerically). -d instructs tmux not to change the active pane. If -s is omitted and a marked pane is present (see select-pane -m), the marked pane is used rather than the current pane. swap-window [-d] [-s src-window] [-t dst-window] (alias: swapw) This is similar to link-window, except the source and destination windows are swapped. It is an error if no window exists at src-window. Like swap-pane, if -s is omitted and a marked pane is present (see select-pane -m), the window containing the marked pane is used rather than the current window. unlink-window [-k] [-t target-window] (alias: unlinkw) Unlink target-window. Unless -k is given, a window may be un‐ linked only if it is linked to multiple sessions - windows may not be linked to no sessions; if -k is specified and the window is linked to only one session, it is unlinked and destroyed.


tmux allows a command to be bound to most keys, with or without a prefix key. When specifying keys, most represent themselves (for example ‘A’ to ‘Z’). Ctrl keys may be prefixed with ‘C-’ or ‘^’, and Alt (meta) with ‘M-’. In addition, the following special key names are accepted: Up, Down, Left, Right, BSpace, BTab, DC (Delete), End, Enter, Escape, F1 to F12, Home, IC (Insert), NPage/PageDown/PgDn, PPage/PageUp/PgUp, Space, and Tab. Note that to bind the ‘"’ or ‘'’ keys, quotation marks are nec‐ essary, for example: bind-key '"' split-window bind-key "'" new-window Commands related to key bindings are as follows: bind-key [-nr] [-T key-table] key command [arguments] (alias: bind) Bind key key to command. Keys are bound in a key table. By de‐ fault (without -T), the key is bound in the prefix key table. This table is used for keys pressed after the prefix key (for ex‐ ample, by default ‘c’ is bound to new-window in the prefix table, so ‘C-b c’ creates a new window). The root table is used for keys pressed without the prefix key: binding ‘c’ to new-window in the root table (not recommended) means a plain ‘c’ will create a new window. -n is an alias for -T root. Keys may also be bound in custom key tables and the switch-client -T command used to switch to them from a key binding. The -r flag indicates this key may repeat, see the repeat-time option. To view the default bindings and possible commands, see the list-keys command. list-keys [-T key-table] (alias: lsk) List all key bindings. Without -T all key tables are printed. With -T only key-table. send-keys [-lMRX] [-N repeat-count] [-t target-pane] key ... (alias: send) Send a key or keys to a window. Each argument key is the name of the key (such as ‘C-a’ or ‘NPage’) to send; if the string is not recognised as a key, it is sent as a series of characters. The -l flag disables key name lookup and sends the keys literally. All arguments are sent sequentially from first to last. The -R flag causes the terminal state to be reset. -M passes through a mouse event (only valid if bound to a mouse key binding, see MOUSE SUPPORT). -X is used to send a command into copy mode - see the WINDOWS AND PANES section. -N specifies a repeat count. send-prefix [-2] [-t target-pane] Send the prefix key, or with -2 the secondary prefix key, to a window as if it was pressed. unbind-key [-an] [-T key-table] key (alias: unbind) Unbind the command bound to key. -n and -T are the same as for bind-key. If -a is present, all key bindings are removed.


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