List of 50+ tmux cheatsheet and shortcuts commands

In this tutorial I have consolidated a bunch of tmux cheatsheets and shortcuts which can help you with your time with tmux.

 

Recommended Read

I would recommend reading these articles on tmux to get more details on the commands used in these shortcuts from this article:
Complete tutorial on tmux commands with examples from scratch
10 practical examples of tmux configuration with examples

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tmux cheatsheet for sessions

Command Details
$tmux Create new session with default session name
$tmux new Create new session with default session name
$tmux new-session Create new session with default session name
$tmux new -s session_name Creates a new session called “session_name.”
Ctrl+b : Enters command mode
Ctrl+b :new -s session_name Creates new session within an existing session
$tmux ls List active tmux sessions
$tmux list-sessions List active tmux sessions
Ctrl+b s List active tmux sessions
$tmux a -t session_name Attaches to session by the name "session_name"
$tmux at -t session_name Attaches to session by the name "session_name"
$tmux attach -t session_name Attaches to session by the name "session_name"
$tmux attach-session -t session_name Attaches to session by the name "session_name"
$tmux kill-ses -t session_name Kills session by the name "session_name"
$tmux kill-session -t session_name Kills session by the name "session_name"
Ctrl+b d Detaches from the session, leaving the session running in the background.
Ctrl+b $ Rename the session name
Ctrl+b ( Move to the previous session
Ctrl+b ) Move to the next session

 

tmux cheatsheet for windows

Prefix Command Details
Ctrl+b c Creates a new window from within an existing tmux session
Ctrl+b w Displays a list of windows in the current session
Ctrl+b n Moves to the next window
Ctrl+b p Moves to the previous window
Ctrl+b 0..9 Selects windows by number
Ctrl+b l Go to the last window
Ctrl+b , Displays a prompt to rename a window
Ctrl+b & Closes the current window after prompting for confirmation
Ctrl+b x Closes the current window after prompting for confirmation
Ctrl+b f Searches for a window that contains the text you specify

 

tmux cheatsheet for panes

Prefix Command Details
Ctrl+b % Divides the current window in half vertically.
Ctrl+b " Divides the current window in half horizontally
Ctrl+b o Cycles through open panes
Ctrl+b q Momentarily displays pane numbers in each pane
Ctrl+b x Closes the current pane after prompting for confirmation
Ctrl+b & Closes the current window after prompting for confirmation
Ctrl+b & Closes the current window after prompting for confirmation
Ctrl+b Space Cycles through the various pane layouts
Ctrl+b { Move the current pane to left
Ctrl+b } Move the current pane to right
Ctrl+b  Switch to the pane above the current pane
Ctrl+b  Switch to the pane below the current pane
Ctrl+b  Switch to the pane on the left side of the current pane
Ctrl+b  Switch to the pane on the right side of the current pane
Ctrl+b z Toggle pane zoom
Ctrl+b ! Combine and Convert all the panes into single window
Ctrl+b :setw synchronize-panes To synchronise all the panes
Ctrl+b :setw synchronize-panes off To turn off synchronisation between all the panes

 

tmux help

Prefix Command Details
Ctrl+b ? Show the list of bind options
Ctrl+s In the bind help section search for string

 

Conclusion

In this tmux cheatsheet tutorial I have tried to consolidate all the most used shortcuts and tmux commands into a single page. There are many other key combinations which can be used with tmux and those can be easily accessed with the man page of tmux.

Lastly I hope this tmux cheatsheet was helpful. So, let me know your suggestions and feedback using the comment section.

 

References

man page for tmux

 

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