Tmux Usage

Basic Commands for TMUX


  • To install tmux, use the provided package manager. Ubuntu is shown below:
$ sudo apt-get install tmux


  • Shortcut (Used to invoke all commands for tmux)
ctrl-b command
  • Show Sessions ctrl-b S or $ tmux ls

  • Create a New Session

$ tmux new -s session_name
  • Attach to an Existing Session
$ tmux a -t session
  • Kill a Session
$ tmux kill-session -t session-name


Command Code Description
? help
s list sessions
$ rename current session
d detach current session
c create new window
, rename window
[ scroll through history
w list windows
% split vertically
split horizontally
n change to next window
p change to previous window
o toggle between panes
0-9 select window 0 - 9
h move left
j move below
l move right
k move above
q show pane #’s
} swap with next pane
{ swap with prev pane
! break pane out of window
q # switch to pane number
x kill pane
t show time in pane
z min/max pane

Customizing tmux

You can customize tmux by modifying the ~/.tmux.conf file.

For example if you wish to keybind the sync command, then you would place the following line in your tmux file:

bind e setw synchronize-panes

This keybinds Ctl-b e to toggle syncing panes on and off

Lucas Chaufournier
Software Engineer

My research interests include distributed systems, IOT, and edge computing.