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bash script for installing tmux without root access
#!/bin/bash
# Script for installing tmux on systems where you don't have root access.
# tmux will be installed in $HOME/local/bin.
# It's assumed that wget and a C/C++ compiler are installed.
# exit on error
set -e
TMUX_VERSION=1.8
# create our directories
mkdir -p $HOME/local $HOME/tmux_tmp
cd $HOME/tmux_tmp
# download source files for tmux, libevent, and ncurses
wget -O tmux-${TMUX_VERSION}.tar.gz http://sourceforge.net/projects/tmux/files/tmux/tmux-${TMUX_VERSION}/tmux-${TMUX_VERSION}.tar.gz/download
wget https://github.com/downloads/libevent/libevent/libevent-2.0.19-stable.tar.gz
wget ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/ncurses/ncurses-5.9.tar.gz
# extract files, configure, and compile
############
# libevent #
############
tar xvzf libevent-2.0.19-stable.tar.gz
cd libevent-2.0.19-stable
./configure --prefix=$HOME/local --disable-shared
make
make install
cd ..
############
# ncurses #
############
tar xvzf ncurses-5.9.tar.gz
cd ncurses-5.9
./configure --prefix=$HOME/local
make
make install
cd ..
############
# tmux #
############
tar xvzf tmux-${TMUX_VERSION}.tar.gz
cd tmux-${TMUX_VERSION}
./configure CFLAGS="-I$HOME/local/include -I$HOME/local/include/ncurses" LDFLAGS="-L$HOME/local/lib -L$HOME/local/include/ncurses -L$HOME/local/include"
CPPFLAGS="-I$HOME/local/include -I$HOME/local/include/ncurses" LDFLAGS="-static -L$HOME/local/include -L$HOME/local/include/ncurses -L$HOME/local/lib" make
cp tmux $HOME/local/bin
cd ..
# cleanup
rm -rf $HOME/tmux_tmp
echo "$HOME/local/bin/tmux is now available. You can optionally add $HOME/local/bin to your PATH."
@adibis

Oh - thank you, thank you, thank you. They only had screen at work. Now I can use tmux and be happy :)

@prinny

Thank you! This worked perfectly for me.

@jeffdonahue

Thanks so much, installed perfectly right out of the box. I hate having to figure out what libraries I need and where to get them for local installs, this saved me probably hours of pain (or from just continuing to use screen on machines I don't have root access for)...

@haridsv

I modified it to link statically and the resultant binary worked on a different system with different libc: https://gist.github.com/haridsv/5040047

@shime

Thanks!

Forked this and made it more customizable, updated versions of installed components and provided auto-install command.

Check it out at https://gist.github.com/shime/5706655.

@gundamew

Thank you for this script. Clearly and really helped.

@ZeroDragon

Worked on BLUEHOST.com just FYI

@matschaffer

Oh man, thanks for this. So much time savings.

@hv15

Thanks :)

@SteveLTN

Thank you so much! I got an ssh account to a cluster from my university, but it doesn't have Tmux installed. Now with your script, my life is much easier!

@bodypheo

You are a king among men. ;) Kudos to you-

@jfmercer

Many, many, many thanks for this.

@joshterrell805

Brilliant! thank you

@WillXu

so brilliant! 

@zephraph

Fantastic, thanks!

@jingz

awesome thanks!

@endrebak

Thanks! Cannot stand screen. Now to waste some hours trying to understand why what I tried failed...

@pedrormjunior

Thanks!

@andrewdalecramer

At the risk of repeated others, thanks so much for this! I've used it as a base to install Vim and tig as well. For the life of me couldn't figure out how to do it before now!

@luyifan

thanks

@dsfcode

This is awesome, thanks so much! We only have screen at work so getting tmux was a must.

@jiacai2050

I met a problem when exec
wget https://github.com/downloads/libevent/libevent/libevent-2.0.19-stable.tar.gz

--2014-10-23 11:08:44-- https://github.com/downloads/libevent/libevent/libevent-2.0.19-stable.tar.gz
Resolving github.com... 192.30.252.128
Connecting to github.com|192.30.252.128|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Found
Location: https://cloud.github.com/downloads/libevent/libevent/libevent-2.0.19-stable.tar.gz [following]
--2014-10-23 11:08:46-- https://cloud.github.com/downloads/libevent/libevent/libevent-2.0.19-stable.tar.gz
Resolving cloud.github.com... 54.230.125.200, 205.251.212.199, 54.230.126.47, ...
Connecting to cloud.github.com|54.230.125.200|:443... connected.
OpenSSL: error:14077410:SSL routines:SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO:sslv3 alert handshake failure
Unable to establish SSL connection.

my os is centos6.5 64bit

@bouthilx

I had the same problem. I manually downloaded libevent-2.0.19-stable.tar.gz and then everything worked fine.

@chu-NMSU

Thanks.

@mnsmar

Got the following error:
tmux: error while loading shared libraries: libevent-2.0.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Had to:
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/path/to/my/home/local/lib/:${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}

@aarobc

@jiacai2050 change the
wget
to:
curl -L -O

@pictodroid

with curl -L -O I'm getting error SSL routines: SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO:sslv3 alert handshake failure
with curl -O I can download something but is not a tar ball

@texzhichen

Very useful shell script, thank you!

@ghost
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Excellent, thank you!

@calebjones

Works great!

@ysangkok

Shouldn't it be -L$HOME/local/lib/ncurses instead of -L$HOME/local/include/ncurses ?

@thomasfrivold

This worked perfectly on Inmotion.com shared server.

@bmyerz

thanks

@bmyerz

thanks, worked on redhat 4.4 fine

@chilicuil

Other alternative could be to fetch the static binary with static-get, no compiler required =)

sh <(wget -qO- s.minos.io/s) -x tmux-2.0

To list all available versions:

sh <(wget -qO- s.minos.io/s) -s -v tmux

https://github.com/minos-org/minos-static

@chilicuil

Other alternative could be to fetch the static binary with static-get, no compiler required =)

sh <(wget -qO- s.minos.io/s) -x tmux-2.0

To list all available versions:

sh <(wget -qO- http://s.minos.io/s) -s -v tmux

https://github.com/minos-org/minos-static

@chilicuil

Other alternative could be to fetch the static binary with static-get, no compiler required =)

sh <(wget -qO- http://s.minos.io/s) -x tmux-2.0

To list all available versions:

sh <(wget -qO- http://s.minos.io/s) -s -v tmux

https://github.com/minos-org/minos-static

@chilicuil

Other alternative could be to fetch the static binary with static-get, no compiler required =)

sh <(wget -qO- http://s.minos.io/s) -x tmux-2.0

To list all available versions:

sh <(wget -qO- http://s.minos.io/s) -v -s tmux

https://github.com/minos-org/minos-static

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