Now that we’ve installed tmux, the terminal multiplexer, how do we use it?
- Start your project from your shell
In the terminal, I navigate to the directory containing my project.
- Start a new tmux session
tmux new -t <project-name>
I usually name the tmux session after the project directory to avoid confusion.
For example, if the project folder is called
flask-react-auth, I create a new session with:
tmux new -t flask-react-auth.
The tmux session looks almost the same as the standard terminal. I now open a few tmux panes. Most of the time, the main “window” contains my Vim session, and a secondary smaller pane is for running shell processes.
You can open new panes with
(The standard prefix key mapping is
- Detach from the session
If you’re finished with your work, you can detach from the tmux session.
<prefix>d. (The standard prefix key mapping is
If you use tmux-continuum, your session will be saved automatically.
You can easily jump back into the session with
tmux attach -t <project-name>.
See a list of current tmux servers with
- Some other tricks
You can open a new tmux window with
You can see a list of all panes and windows with