Hardscrabble 🍫

By Max Jacobson

See also: the archives and an RSS feed

terminal multiplexing with tmux

January 3, 2015

I made this video a few months back with my friend Alex Au. It’s a crash course in how to use tmux. We made another, shorter, video about why you might want to use tmux as well:

If you find yourself with more than a couple of terminal tabs or windows open all the time, I think you should consider using tmux instead. In the last few months I feel like I’ve hit a sweet groove with my terminal use, where I pretty much never have more than one tab or window open. Instead, I have one tmux session per project, and several virtual tabs (“windows” in tmux parlance) per project. The thing I learned most recently that makes this really fly is the keyboard shortcut for switching from one tmux session to another without ever leaving tmux. I only ever really leave tmux to navigate to a different directory and start a new tmux session.

Here’s what that looks like:

tmux flow

(I gotta look back into those failing tests in film snob…)

The keyboard shortcut that takes you to the session switcher is ctrl+b s (s for switch). For me, it’s super useful. Hopefully you’ll find it useful, too.

Note: I don't have comments or analytics on this website, so it's hard to tell if people are reading or enjoying it. Please feel free to share any feedback or thoughts by shooting me an email or tagging me in a post on Mastodon @maxjacobson@mastodon.online.