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iterm2 cheatsheet

Tabs and Windows

Function Shortcut
New Tab + T
Close Tab or Window + W (same as many mac apps)
Go to Tab + Number Key (ie: ⌘2 is 2nd tab)
Go to Split Pane by Direction + Option + Arrow Key
Cycle iTerm Windows + backtick (true of all mac apps and works with desktops/mission control)
Splitting
Split Window Vertically (same profile) + D
Split Window Horizontally (same profile) + Shift + D (mnemonic: shift is a wide horizontal key)
Moving
Move a pane with the mouse + Alt + Shift and then drag the pane from anywhere
Fullscreen
Fullscreen + Enter
Maximize a pane + Shift + Enter (use with fullscreen to temp fullscreen a pane!)
Resize Pane Ctrl + + Arrow (given you haven't mapped this to something else)
Less Often Used By Me
Go to Split Pane by Order of Use + ] , + [
Split Window Horizontally (new profile) Option + + H
Split Window Vertically (new profile) Option + + V
Previous Tab + Left Arrow (I usually move by tab number)
Next Tab + Right Arrow
Go to Window + Option + Number

Basic Moves

Function Shortcut
Move back one character Ctrl + B
Move forward one character Ctrl + F
Delete current character Ctrl + D
Delete previous word (in shell) Ctrl + W

Moving Faster

A lot of shell shortcuts work in iterm and it's good to learn these because arrow keys, home/end keys and Mac equivalents don't always work. For example + Left Arrow is usually the same as Home (go to beginning of current line) but that doesn't work in the shell. Home works in many apps but it takes you away from the home row.

Function Shortcut
Move to the start of line Ctrl + A or Home
Move to the end of line Ctrl + E or End
Move forward a word Option + F
Move backward a word Option + B
Set Mark + M
Jump to Mark + J
Moving by word on a line (this is a shell thing but passes through fine) Ctrl + Left/Right Arrow
Cursor Jump with Mouse (shell and vim - might depend on config) Option + Left Click

Copy and Paste with iTerm without using the mouse

I don't use this feature too much.

Function Shortcut
Enter Copy Mode Shift + + C
Enter Character Selection Mode in Copy Mode Ctrl + V
Move cursor in Copy Mode HJKL vim motions or arrow keys
Copy text in Copy Mode Ctrl + K

Copy actions goes into the normal system clipboard which you can paste like normal.

Search the Command History

Function Shortcut
Search as you type Ctrl + R and type the search term; Repeat Ctrl + R to loop through result
Search the last remembered search term Ctrl + R twice
End the search at current history entry Ctrl + Y
Cancel the search and restore original line Ctrl + G

Misc

Function Shortcut
Clear the screen/pane (when Ctrl + L won't work) + K (I use this all the time)
Broadcast command to all panes in window (nice when needed!) + Alt + I (again to toggle)
Find Cursor + / or use a theme or cursor shape that is easy to see
@nmacafee

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commented Oct 26, 2017

Thank you. As a new iTerm user this is very helpful.

@DarkMukke

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commented Nov 3, 2017

You are missing ⌘ + Shift + i to input across all tabs and Ctrl + l to clear the window

@inevity

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commented Jan 4, 2018

why denied?

@bhochhi

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commented Feb 13, 2018

Thanks!! One more: ctrl + ⌘ + Arrow for resizing active pane.

@ardinusawan

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commented Mar 9, 2018

Can iTerm2 Fullscreen in split terminal?

@jcaffrey

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commented Mar 23, 2018

option + f and option + b doesn't work if you don't set your option key in preferences > keys

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commented Apr 3, 2018

can we fire command at a time in multiple windows?

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commented Apr 6, 2018

paraggit .... you can do in multiple tabs using ⌘ + Shift + i . Not sure about multiple windows.

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commented Aug 22, 2018

Is there anyway to clear the output of the previous command?

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commented Aug 24, 2018

On my last laptop I used to be able to press Ctrl + s to do a forward search in the case that I pressed Ctrl + r one too many times and need to search forward once or twice. Is there a config that I need to change to restore this functionality?

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commented Sep 7, 2018

Good Job

@Jonathan-UIUC

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commented Sep 27, 2018

I find it might be useful to add "Cmd + w" to close the split window in the cheatsheet:)

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commented Oct 31, 2018

Oh man, this blew up and gists don't notify on updates. I will incorporate the suggestions. But Cmd+w is pretty global on mac @Jonathan-UIUC :)

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commented Nov 25, 2018

thanks, nice job

@darkMoon1973

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commented Jan 2, 2019

Option + Left mouse click to move cursor easily.

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commented Jan 17, 2019

Broadcast command to all panes in window help a lot! thx

@Manish3323

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commented Mar 24, 2019

cmd + / to focus where the cursor. helpful when multiple applications are on opened on one desktop. also when split screens are used.

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commented May 20, 2019

⌘ + Shift + arrow-up
⌘ + Shift + arrow-down

For navigating marks. If shell integration is enabled all commands are marked automatically, and you can quickly go to previous commands and their output.

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commented Jun 10, 2019

The undo doesn't seem to be correct?

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commented Jun 10, 2019

The undo doesn't seem to be correct?

Fixed! Thanks @simonewebdesign .

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commented Jun 23, 2019

why does some of the hotkeys not work for me? Do I need to arrange it or it come with the app?

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commented Aug 23, 2019

Awesome!

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