tmux is a “terminal multiplexer”. This application enables a number of terminals (or windows) to be created, accessed and controlled from a single screen.
tmux runs as a server-client system. A server is created automatically when necessary and holds a number of sessions, each of which may have a number of windows linked to it.The tmux server manages clients, sessions, windows and panes.
Any number of clients may connect to a session, or the server may be controlled by issuing commands with tmux. Communication takes place through a socket, by default placed in /tmp.
tmux provides a consistent and well-documented command interface, with the same syntax whether used interactively, as a key binding, or from the shell. It offers a choice of vim or Emacs key layouts.
tmux is included in the base system of OpenBSD.
- Uses a clearly defined client-server model.
- A powerful, consistent, well-documented and easily scriptable command interface.
- A window may be split horizontally and vertically into panes.
- Panes can be freely moved and resized, or arranged into preset layouts.
- Menus for interactive selection of running sessions, windows or clients.
- Support for UTF-8 and 256-colour terminals.
- Copy and paste with multiple buffers.
- Interactive menus to select windows, sessions or clients.
- Change the current window by searching for text in the target.
- Window can be linked to the arbitrary amount of sessions.
- Terminal locking, manually or after a timeout.
- Multiple paste buffers.
- Choice of vi or emacs keybindings.
- Search in windows.
- Easily scriptable.
- Optional status line which is displayed in the bottom line of each terminal.
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