iTerm is a third party replacement for the built-in Terminal application.

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What is the difference between iTerm2 and Terminal?

I keep hearing that iTerm2 is much better than Terminal. I downloaded iTerm2 today and played around with it, but I couldn't see what is so much better about iTerm2. iTerm2 seemed just like Terminal. ...
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How can I save tabs in iTerm 2 so they restore the next time the app is run?

Can I save tabs on exit in my iTerm 2, so I don't have to open same directories again after restart? Like Chrome does, for example. I couldn't find such option in settings. Maybe "Arrangements" is ...
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iTerm as a slide-out terminal from the top of the screen

I have installed iTerm2 and was hoping I'd have something like guake (Yes I just switched from Ubuntu). I mapped the hotkey to a button of my choice and it works fine, but I miss the ...
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Using Alt/Cmd + Right/Left Arrow in iTerm

Is it possible to move between words in iTerm using Alt + Right/Left Arrows ? Now if I press Alt+Left I will get '[D' and '[C' if I press Alt+Right.
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Set iTerm2 as the ssh:// URL handler

Currently, Terminal is set to handle SSH urls. For example, if I do: $ open ssh://machine.example.com Then it will spawn a new SSH session in terminal. I'd like these to be opened in iTerm2 ...
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Using tmux and pbpaste, pbcopy, and launchctl

I have discovered that tmux breaks pbpaste, pbcopy and launchctl. Is there a good way to make it play nice with these tools?
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How to jump to a location using mouse on iTerm/terminal?

I work on a terminal most of the time. Is there an application / plugin over iTerm or any other terminal like application using which I can control the cursor location of my terminal using a mouse ? ...
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iTerm2/Terminal full screen

Why is it not possible to have iTerm2 or Terminal app take up the full available space on the screen. Let me show an example: It's hard to see but if you look on the right and bottom edge, there is ...
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Completion for git commands

I recently switched from using an Ubuntu box for the last 7 years to a Mac. I have read other posts like Switching from Ubuntu to OS X and I'm lost and What is the difference between iTerm2 and ...
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Option + click in iTerm

In Terminal, Option + click allows me to place my cursor at any point on the current line-- great for editing really long commands. How can I do this in iTerm2? Update: According to this page, the ...
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iTerm2 doesn't read com.googlecode.iterm2.plist

I am iTerm2 (1.0.0) user. I know how to create profiles, by using iTerm settings or modifying com.googlecode.iterm2.plist file. For convenience, I will use .plist to indicate ...
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open new tab in iTerm and execute command there

I have found way to open new tab in iTerm: newtabi() { osascript -e 'tell application "iTerm" to activate' -e 'tell application "System Events" to tell process "iTerm" to keystroke "t" using ...
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For iTerm2, how do I make the working directory appear in the window title?

I recently switched to iTerm2 from the default Terminal app and have a usability issue. On Terminal, the working directory you are in shows up on the title bar along with the process and pixel ...
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Can I get mac notification when a Tab has new output in iTerm2?

You know, iTerm2 will change the color of the tab to red or purple. But sometime when I run a long job in one tab, I have to check if it's done frequently. So.. can I get notification when there's new ...
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Is it possible to have bash escape spaces in pwd?

I'd like to copy the current directory to the clipboard, something like: pwd | pbcopy. However, pwd does not escape the space, so something in "Application Support", for example, doesn't copy ...
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Why don't my arrow keys work in vim under iTerm?

They work just fine if I use Terminal and start a vim session, but under iTerm I have to resort to using H-J-K-L to do left-up-down-right movement. In both Terminal and iTerm TERM=xterm-color. My ...
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How can I move through words when typing a command in iTerm2?

I'm in Lion with iTerm2, Zsh and Oh-My-Zsh but I cannot move through words when pressing: ALT+left arrow or CMD+left arrow or something instead, when I press "ALT+right arrow" it prints [C and when ...
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Are there any global key combinations suitable or specifically reserved on OS X for user assignment?

I'm trying to identify an appropriate global hotkey to set in iTerm2's preferences for showing/hiding it: I'd like to avoid any conflicts with other applications' hotkeys or other future use. Are ...
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How to open a new tab in iTerm in the same folder as the one that is open?

I'm using iTerm for my command line needs, and when I open a tab using ⌘T I want it to open the tab cd'ed to the same location as the tab that was open when I hit ⌘T (instead of opening in my ...
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How to highlight errors and warnings on iTerm terminal output?

I am looking for a solution that would allow me to use color highlighting to a set of important output messages inside iTerm terminal application. Things to highlight: application logs file ...
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When Terminal forks process, current app loses focus

While I'm running some program in Terminal (or iTerm2), when the program forks the process, the OS X desktop switches focus from the current application to the forked process. When this happens, the ...
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Terminal not displaying colors for directory listings

I don't know why my bash session doesn't show colors. I have tried Terminal as well as iTerm. I have tried: ls -G Setting export CLICOLOR=1 and export LSCOLORS=GxFxCxDxBxegedabagaced Using ...
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In iTerm2 Command Click on URLS does not work when inside a tmux session

When not inside a tmux session, Command-Click on URLs works flawlessly. How can I make links clickable in iTerm2 when inside a tmux session? When hitting Command the mouse pointer changes to the ...
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The history is shared between my iTerm2 terminal tabs: how can I switch that off?

I am using iTerm2 (with zsh), and for some reason the history is shared between the different tabs and windows that are open. In most of the cases for me, this is annoying, since I have tabs per ...
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iTerm2, unicode and sympy

In my both Mac (OS X Mavericks) and Ubuntu machine, I have installed sympy that is a python library for symbolic mathematics. Part of sympy is the pretty print functionality that uses unicode ...
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iTerm2: How to change the color used to highlight search results?

It seems that iTerm2 is hardcoded to highlight search results using a yellow background color. I tried both the latest release and the nightlies but could not find a way to change that color. Did I ...
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Open iTerm2 SSH session in new window instead of new tab

Now that I figured out how to set iTerm2 as the ssh:// URL handler, I'd like iTerm2 to respond to an ssh URL by opening a new window instead of opening a new tab in an existing window. Is this ...
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Is there a way to force clockwise pane rotation in iTerm2 with the shortcut keys?

I've often found that when using iTerm2, I'll have like 3 or 4 panes open in one tab. And the shortcut keys for moving between them Cmd + ] and Cmd + [ are very useful, but unpredictable. The reason ...
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Changing the default size of iTerm2 when it opens

I feel like this is a pretty stupid question but I Googled it and played around with it and still didn't figure it out so here we go: When I open iTerm2, it opens in a default size. How can I set it ...
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iterm - what's the key-combo to switch panes?

I've learned how to split my terminal windows with apple-d and apple-shift-d. Its very useful. How do I then switch between the two panes (see below) using the keyboard? I know I can use the mouse ...
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unknown option: mode-mouse with iterm, tmux

Reset my computer and iterm2,tmux now complaining about my .tmux.conf having setw -g mode-mouse on set -g mouse-select-pane on set -g mouse-resize-pane on set -g mouse-select-window off set -g ...
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Remapping keys in iterm2

I'm trying to remap some of the default key combinations in iTerm2, and would like to understand what is going on when I bind keys to "Send Hex Codes". A previous post helped me get started with ...
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Iterm2 disable Command shortcuts

I use Iterm2 on the Mac. Many times, I accidentally press Command+some key, so I'm wondering, is it possible to disable the Command shortcuts? Like Command+D for example, as I use tmux for split ...
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Tell iTerm2 not to remember open windows on quit

After a recent upgrade of iTerm2 (I'm on build 1.0.0.20120203), when I open up iTerm2, it restores all of the terminal windows I had open. How do I disable this behavior so it doesn't "remember" how ...
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How to set an iTerm2 startup command

How do I set a command on a profile so that when I start a new terminal window, it fires off that command. Specifically, I'd like to be able to set my virtualenv with: workon ENV So that it starts ...
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chsh doesn't change $SHELL

I'm having some difficulties in changing the value of $SHELL in OSX's iTerm app. iTerm is starting in /bin/zsh, but the value of $SHELL doesn't seem to change. What I've done: Changed "command" as ...
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iTerm colors for Prompt, Command, and Output

Right now my iTerm2 looks like this... Everything is the same color and is hard to read. Can I make any of the Prompt, Command, and Output different colors like this?
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Control not working in iTerm 2 when using Programmer Dvorak keyboard layout

I'm using the Programmer Dvorak keyboard layout and found that the Control key does not work in iTerm 2. Emacs is unusable as a result, and I can't interrupt processes with Ctrl-C. Interestingly, the ...
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Automating terminals at startup

Is there any way to automate a bunch of terminals starting up at once. I find myself opening several windows and running the same sequence of commands in various tabs. I'd like to stick all this in a ...
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How to remap tmux split pane keys?

On my linux machines, for my terminal shell I have tmux keys mapped to allow me to split windows and then switch between new panes. With or without these mappings I can't figure out how to remap the ...
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vim not working under iTerm2

Basically, vim behaves strange under iTerm2 (it works normally in Terminal). It sets the cursor in a non existing lines, it displays garbage (content from other lines) when I try to edit a line in a ...
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terminal custom commands source every time

After following this comment I added all my startup/alias commands to ~/.bashrc file and in ~/.bash_profile I added source ~/.bashrc But still my aliases are not working. I have to manually source ...
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update_terminal_cwd demystified please?

I am trying to find the documentation on what, exactly, the printf command is doing in update_terminal_cwd. If you didn't know already, the update_terminal_cwd function is defined (at least on Mac OS ...
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What is the Applescript command to show or hide iTerm2 window

Does anybody know the Applescript command to show or hide a iTerm2 terminal window? I use iTerm2 in a guake style command window and currently using one window and many tabs. My use case: I managed ...
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What do the different colors of the tab title in iTerm2 mean?

While using iTerm2, I have noticed that sometimes the color of the title of a tab changes to pink with a loading indicator or changes to red. What do these things mean?
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Sending Control+Alt+ <char> to terminal in iTerm2

When I press Control + Command + i I would like iTerm2 to send the shortcut as C-M-i (i.e. ctrl+alt+i) to my terminal. I have How can I do that? I have tried with the following with no luck: ...
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Do I need to buy Growl in order to use the iterm2 growl feature?

Seems the notification is not working, or do I need to buy the Growl from App Store in order to use it?
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vim arrow keys inserting strange character in iterm2

vim escape & arrow keys are inserting strange character (the letter q in my case) but works perfectly if launched in a tmux session or with terminal.app Someone having the same problem?
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Why does iterm2 close new sessions immediately?

I've made some changes to my .bashrc file in my new MacBook, mainly aliases for common commands. Shortly after, iterm2 immediately closes every new session or tab with the following cryptic message: ...
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Delete key doesn't work in vim on iTerm2

Firstly, I typed some thing on insert mode, like Hello At this stage, if I didn't exit from insert mode, delete works and can delete the whole word if I want. If I quit insert mode, and open ...