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hpr3845 :: Using tmux, the terminal multiplexer Overview

Archer72 uses tmux and restores sessions between reboots

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Using tmux, the terminal multiplexer on multiple machines

  • Terminal is ROXTerm
  • Uncheck 'Show Menubar'

ROXTerm on Github

What is Tmux?

Tmux wiki on Github

Getting started

Tmux Getting Started page on Github

Tmux Cheat Sheet & Quick Reference

Tmux Cheat Sheet

Basic .tmux.conf

set -g prefix C-a
unbind C-b
bind C-a send-prefix
setw -g window-status-activity-style "fg=colour27,bg=colour234,none"

Remote .tmux.conf

set -g prefix C-f
unbind C-b
bind C-f send-prefix
setw -g window-status-activity-style "fg=colour27,bg=colour234,none"

Start tmux

tmux a -d
  • Split pane horizontal - Prefix + %
  • Split pane vertical - Prefix + "

Tmux resurrect

Key bindings

    prefix + Ctrl-s - save
    prefix + Ctrl-r - restore


This plugin goes to great lengths to save and restore all the details from your tmux environment. Here's what's been taken care of:

  • all sessions, windows, panes and their order
  • current working directory for each pane
  • exact pane layouts within windows (even when zoomed)
  • active and alternative session
  • active and alternative window for each session
  • windows with focus
  • active pane for each window
  • "grouped sessions" (useful feature when using tmux with multiple monitors)
  • programs running within a pane! More details in the restoring programs doc.


  • restoring vim and neovim sessions
  • restoring pane contents
  • restoring a previously saved environment

Installing TPM (Tmux Plugin Manager) , Tmux Resurrect and Tmux Continuum

  • In ~/.tmux/plugins/
git clone
git clone
git clone
  • In a tmux window
prefix + I
  • Installs new plugins from GitHub or any other git repository

  • Refreshes TMUX environment

  • Create a directory ~/.tmux/resurrect/

    • This is where tmux-resurrect and tmux-continuum saves are located
    • Do nothing and tmux-continuum saves automatically every 15 mins
    • At any time use Prefix + Ctrl-s to save a snapshot of your session
    • To restore a session to the last save before a reboot
      • use Prefix + Ctrl-s

Here are the steps to restore to a previous point in time:

  • make sure you start this with a "fresh" tmux instance
  • $ cd ~/.tmux/resurrect/
  • locate the save file you'd like to use for restore (file names have a stamp)
  • symlink the last file to the desired save file: $ ln -sf <file_name> last
  • do a restore with tmux-resurrect key: Prefix + Ctrl-r

Tmux on laptop


Tmux on remote machine




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