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tmux cheat sheet and other settings.

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tmux cheat sheet

tmux cheat sheet and other settings.


  • C+q is the prefix key (default: C+b)
  • recommanded (in .tmux.conf):
set -g default-command "reattach-to-user-namespace -l $SHELL"
unbind -t emacs-copy M-w
bind-key -t emacs-copy M-w copy-pipe "reattach-to-user-namespace pbcopy"
  • c to ctrl, m to meta
  • iterm2 > profile > keys > option key acts as +Esc
  • default (emacs style key bindings)

command line

  1. $ tmux attach -t target
  2. $ tmux new-session -s name
  3. $ tmux list-sessions / tmux ls
  4. $ tmux kill-session -t target


  1. o switch pane orderly
  2. " / % split pane
  3. c+arrow / m+arrow resize pane slowly / quickly
  4. c+o rotate panes / { / } swap this pane with the previous / next one
  5. x kill pane


  1. $ rename session
  2. S switch to another session
  3. ( / ) cycle through sessions
  4. r refresh this client
  5. d / D detach yourself / someone from session


  1. c create window
  2. 0...9 choose window
  3. n / p next / previous window
  4. w list windows
  5. l switch to last window
  6. & kill window
  7. , rename window


  1. : enter command
  2. ? list key bindings
  3. t show clock
  4. i display information

copy mode

  1. [ enter copy mode
  2. ] paste (with in tmux)
  3. c+space / shift + ctrl + 2 start selection
  4. m+w copy
  5. press esc twice to exit copy mode

search in copy mode

  1. [ enter copy mode
  2. c+s search down / c+r search in the reverse direction


use vi mode and other customize key bindings (in .tmux.conf)

ps: your life won't be easy with these settings, until you copy them to every machine you have.

setw -g mode-keys vi
set-window-option -g mode-keys vi
bind-key -t vi-copy v begin-selection
bind-key -t vi-copy y copy-pipe "reattach-to-user-namespace pbcopy"
unbind -t vi-copy Enter
bind-key -t vi-copy Enter copy-pipe "reattach-to-user-namespace pbcopy"

# vim style pane movement
bind C-h select-pane -L
bind C-j select-pane -D
bind C-k select-pane -U
bind C-l select-pane -R

# pane re-sizing
bind -r H resize-pane -L 20
bind -r J resize-pane -D 20
bind -r K resize-pane -U 20
unbind L
bind -r L resize-pane -R 20

# split pane
unbind C-s
unbind C-v
bind C-v split-window -h
bind C-s split-window -v

unbind l
bind C-p previous-window
bind C-n next-window

unbind-key C-r
bind R source-file '/path/to/home/.tmux.conf'

# plugins
set -g @plugin 'tmux-plugins/tmux-sidebar'

run '~/.tmux/plugins/tpm/tpm'


tmux cheat sheet and other settings.