Tmux for the impatient


Create a new session (for the first time on your server) :


Attach to an existing session :

tmux a

Inside a session, you can

  • Detach : Ctrl+b d
  • Scroll : **Ctrl+b PgUp/PgDown **(quit with q) also can use mouse after first page up or down (see tips below to activate normal mouse scrolling)
  • Copy mode : **Ctrl+b [ **(quit with q)
  • Split horizontally : Ctrl+b “
  • Split vertically : Ctrl+b %
  • Switch pane : Ctrl+b arrow key
  • Resize pane : Hold Ctrl+b + arrow keys
  • Toggle zoom in pane : Ctrl+b + z


  • Copy/pasting :
    • Install xclip so buffer copied inside tmux are also available to X : sudo apt-get install xclip
    • Select by using Shift + mouse selection
    • Copy with Ctrl + Shift + C
  • Use the mouse for scrolling : put set -g mouse on in ~/.tmux.conf, or if you are inside a tmux session, activate the command sequence CTRL+B+: and then type set -g mouse on
    This will cause some trouble using copy/paste because selection is automatically used by tmux buffer : to avoid that, SHIFT + selection will use your local buffer.