Top Terminal Multiplexer Tools

Last Updated on October 12, 2020

The nuts and bolts of Linux seem destined to be increasingly hidden away from the desktop user. The continuing development of popular desktop environments offering attractive interfaces and fancy features shows no sign of abatement. However intuitive and slick desktop environments become, there is little prospect that the faithful terminal will be consigned to the recycle bin in the near future. There is simply too much power at the hands of a terminal for many experienced Linux users.

Users that want to exploit the full power of the terminal may benefit from using a terminal multiplexer. This type of application can be considered to be a text version of a graphical window manager. It enables users to run multiple text programs simultaneously, as well as offering features that allow users to switch seamlessly between these programs in operation. Terminal multiplexers also allow multiple computers to make simultaneous connections.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 7 useful terminal multiplexers. Hopefully, there will be something here to help improve your productivity at the console.

Here’s our recommendations. They are all free and open source goodness.

Best Free and Open Source Terminal Multiplexers

Let’s explore the 7 terminal multiplexers. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources.

Terminal Multiplexers
ZellijTerminal workspace with batteries included
tmuxTruly sublime terminal multiplexer which uses a client-server model
TmuxinatorCreate and manage complex tmux sessions easily
ByobuPowerful, text based window manager and shell multiplexer
3muxTerminal multiplexer inspired by i3
vtmTerminal multiplexer with window manager and session sharing
ScreenTerminal multiplexer with VT100/ANSI terminal emulation
mtmMicro terminal multiplexer
dvtmDynamic virtual terminal manager
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