# Set Alias for Terminal Window in Applescript

After opening multiple terminal windows and running commands in them, it becomes difficult to send another command to a specific terminal window.

How can we set an alias for each terminal window so we can specifically target it later? Heres a code snippet of what I am trying to do (apparently the code doesn't work)

tell application "Terminal"

activate

do script "./start-1.sh" in window 1
// then set an alias for this window: 'start1'

do script "./start-2.sh" in window 2
// then set an alias for this window: 'start2'

do script "/monitor.sh" in window 3
// then set an alias for this window 'monitor'

// send command to a specific window using its alias
do script "shutdown -n 0" in window 'monitor'

end tell


What you really need to save are the tabs—those can be used again in a do script action (even if they are just one per window).

This script:

tell application "Terminal"
activate
set tab1 to (do script "echo foo")
do script "echo bar" in tab1
do script "echo baz" -- in new window
do script "echo back again" in tab1
end tell


will produce this in one window:

$echo foo foo$ echo bar
bar
$echo back again back again$


and this in another:

\$ echo baz
baz


One non-applescript solution to your problem may be to open the Terminal Preferences... select Settings. Then, under the Window tab select the Command Key check box. This will add a command key to the title bar to instantly switch to that window (so Window titles would have ⌘1, ⌘2, etc. appended to the window title.