Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

So that I could resize the window to a certain size from within Terminal.

share|improve this question

4 Answers 4

up vote 11 down vote accepted

Yes. Terminal supports escape sequences for manipulating windows, including the size and position, layering, and minimizing. Dimensions can be expressed in pixels or characters. See Xterm Control Sequences for details (search for “Window manipulation”; if you’re not familiar with the notation, “CSI” stands for “Control Sequence Introducer”, which is ESC [).

For example, this shell command will set the window to 100x50 characters:

printf '\e[8;50;100t'

Minimize the window for a few seconds, then restore it:

printf '\e[2t' && sleep 3 && printf '\e[1t'

Move the window to the top/left corner of the display:

printf '\e[3;0;0t'

Zoom the window:

printf '\e[9;1t'

Bring the window to the front (without changing keyboard focus):

printf '\e[5t'
share|improve this answer
    
This is just perfect! –  LopSae Apr 6 '12 at 22:34

You could always use AppleScript:

setwidth() { osascript -e "tell app \"Terminal\" to tell window 1
set b to bounds
set item 3 of b to (item 1 of b) + $1
set bounds to b
end"; }
share|improve this answer

Use /usr/X11/bin/resize.

resize -s 30 80 will give you 30 rows and 80 columns.

resize -s 30 0 will give you 30 rows and full columns.

resize -s 0 80 will give you full rows and 80 columns.

share|improve this answer
1  
This solution is not limited to MacOS. It is terminal-based, so it should work on all terminals. I use this to resize PuTTY windows on Windows running bash shells with TERM=xterm. –  DrStrangepork Dec 22 at 17:44

Actually you know, moving an resizing windows with a mouse is horribly slow.

I've been using this app SizeUp for a very long time now. It basically resizes any application window by using your keyboard command.

You can do the following (my custom keyboard commands below):

  • make the window full screen (control + option + command + m)
  • move a window 1/2 screen size to the left or right (control + option + command + / )
  • move a window 1/4 screen size to any corner (control + option + shift + ///)
  • move windows between screens
  • move windows between spaces

I think this might do the trick and also help with other window management.

share|improve this answer
    
Although useful, this doesn't address the question the questioner asked. –  Andrew Ferrier Oct 25 '12 at 19:05

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.