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tmux tips

Default prefix: <ctrl>b

Session management

  • tmux new -s session_name - creates a new tmux session named session_name
  • tmux a - attach to first available session
  • tmux attach -t session_name - attaches to an existing tmux session named session_name
  • tmux switch -t session_name - switches to an existing session named session_name
  • `tmux ls, ,s - lists existing tmux sessions
  • tmux detach, <prefix>,d - detach the currently attached session
  • tmux kill-session -t session-name
  • <prefix>,$ - rename session

Windows

  • <prefix>,c - create a new window
  • <prefix>,n - next window
  • <prefix>,p - prev window
  • <prefix>,0-9 - move to the window based on index
  • <prefix>,, - rename the current window
  • <prefix>,w - list windows
  • <prefix>," - splits into two vertical panes
  • <prefix>,% - splits into two horizontal panes

Panes

  • <prefix>,{ or } - swaps pane with another in the specified direction
  • <prefix>,{up,down,left,right} - selects the next pane in the specified direction
  • <prefix>,q - show pane numbers
  • <prefix>,o - toggle between panes
  • <prefix>,} - swap with next pane
  • <prefix>,{ - swap with previous pane
  • <prefix>,z - toggle maximising current pane
  • <prefix>,! - break the pane out of the window
  • <prefix>,x - kill the current pane
  • tmux select-pane -t :.+ - selects the next pane in numerical order
  • <prefix>,t - show the time in current pane
  • <prefix>,<ctrl>{left,right,up,down} - resize pane
  • <prefix>,space - swap between default layouts (e.g. switch from vertical split to horizontal)

Other

  • tmux list-keys - lists out every bound key and the tmux command it runs
  • tmux list-commands - lists out every tmux command and its arguments
  • tmux info - lists out every session, window, pane, its pid, etc.
  • tmux source-file ~/.tmux.conf - reload config file
  • <prefix>,q - exit scroll mode
  • <prefix>,PgUp - scroll up

Copy and paste

  1. <prefix>,[ - enter scroll/copy mode
  2. space - start copying from cursor position
  3. enter - stop copying from cursor position
  4. <prefix>,] - paste
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