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I love the command line and I would like to see an app like Terminator (for Linux) in my MacOs:

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It seems there are ports of that app for Mac available using Fink or Ports. But I found it's a hell to install them... it depends on a lot of things which depends on other things which... etc.

So I've been wondering if there's a MacOS native app like that (free or not)...

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Worth noting that the Terminal app in OS X supports lots of windows and tabs. Does that not do it for you? –  Nathan Greenstein Jan 28 '11 at 4:10
@Cristian: what specific features are you looking for? btw, awesome avatar :) –  Robert S Ciaccio Jan 28 '11 at 4:20
@Nathan and @calavera what I want is to have different terminal consoles inside the same window. With the Terminal app I can open tabs and open different windows, but that does not offer the same flexibility of Terminator. –  Cristian Jan 28 '11 at 4:28
@Christian You can save a group of windows, and even have that auto-open with Terminal. Use Window-> Save Windows as Group. Not all you want, but a step in the right direction, I think. –  Nathan Greenstein Jan 28 '11 at 4:53
Odd definition of hell. There is dependency bloat (which is annoying), but the whole point of fink is you type fink install terminator and walk away, come back in 10 or 120 minutes, and it is done. –  user588 Jan 28 '11 at 4:59
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iTerm 2 claims to be able to do this.

Edit: I just downloaded it, and it seems to work well enough that I think I'll switch from iTerm 1:

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I'm not sure what's going on with you and macports, but I just installed tmux using macports. it took about 30 seconds, and was completely painless.

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Love it! Just what I was looking for. Thank you! –  Cristian Jan 28 '11 at 12:58
+1 Yes, thanks for this one, a great find. –  Slomojo Jan 29 '11 at 9:35
It's worth noting that it's still alpha, though it seems stable enough to me. –  Fake Name Jan 29 '11 at 12:41
+1 for iTerm2.. –  garikapati Jan 31 '11 at 16:46
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Install GNU Screen, or TMUX via macports/homebrew or by compiling it by hand.

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I'm a big fan of SizeUp which lets you tile windows using keyboard commands. This doesn't put different views in one terminal, but it does let me easily have a bunch of views open at once and organized neatly.

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I think iTerm 2 and TotalTerminal are all great tools to improve the efficiency when working on terminal and command lines.

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+1 for mentioning (the yet unknown) TotalTerminal. –  Henk Mar 12 '13 at 13:17
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Use gnu screen, it does what you want, split your single terminal window into many windows all within the same GUI window. (though you'll probably want a newer version than what comes with OS X as the ability to split on both axis is newer than the version of screen already installed on your mac.)

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