Tmux terminal multiplexer

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tmux is a terminal multiplexer. It's a good tool for e.g. remote support. It can also be used to start a command you want to keep running after you close your console session (you can later on attach to your running session).


In order to use tmux you will have to install it:

apk add tmux


Start a new session

To create a tmux session you just enter:


List existing sessions

When you have started some session(s) you can list them:

tmux ls

Tip: Above command can also be run as tmux list-sessions

You might get a list that looks like this:

0: 1 windows (created Wed Oct 24 15:12:12 2012) [126x35]
1: 1 windows (created Wed Oct 24 15:14:44 2012) [126x35]

Attach to a existing session

Lets say you want to attach to a existing session (e.g. the above 1: 1 windows session).

tmux attach -t 1

Tip: If you only have one session you don't need to specify session. Just run tmux attach

Controlling a session

While inside a tmux session, you can control it using keyboard shortcuts. We will only describe some of those alternatives.

Tip: To enter a keyboard shortcut that controls the current tmux session, you should click B while holding down CTRL
In the below examples this procedure is described as C-b

Get help

One of the most useful commands is the one that gives you 'help'.
While in your tmux session, click:

C-b ?

(Do not press/hold CTRL when clicking ?)

Detach from a session

Sometimes it's useful to just detach from a session without killing it.

C-b d

Tip: Try starting ping while inside a session and then detach from the session.
After some while re-connect to the session using tmux attach.
Note that the "seq" value indicates that ping had continued running while you where detached from the session.

Close or kill a session

To 'kill' a session:

C-b k

You can also 'kill' your session by entering:


Other terminal multiplexers

A similar tool is screen which is documented here.