In Windows and Linux I could always hit ctrl+← or ctrl+→ to skip a word to the left or right in the terminal. In text editors it seems that ⌥+←/→ works, but no dice in the terminal. I've searched Google and found nothing except a Wikipedia page that claims ⌥+B/F does the job, but all it does is print ∫ and ƒ characters to my terminal (or ı and Ï if I hold ⇧). Any ideas?
This was driving me crazy too, however I didn't want a Terminal-specific fix as I don't use Terminal, and being able to SSH into my OSX box had to use the correct keybindings too.
Also, personally, I didn't care about the ⌥ key as discussed earlier; I wanted to maintain the ctrl+←/→ combination that I'm used to on Linux.
To solve this problem, I added the following to my
bind '"\e[5C": forward-word' bind '"\e[5D": backward-word' bind '"\e[1;5C": forward-word' bind '"\e[1;5D": backward-word'
Note the first two apply to bash in Terminal; the last two apply to bash in iTerm2 and incoming ssh connections. Don't ask me why the keyboard emulation is different ;)
For the record, I was able to find what the keycodes actually were thanks to a hint from this stackoverflow answer: You can run
cat > /dev/null to monitor the exact keycodes sent during a key combination.
(Note that for me, when I run
cat > /dev/null and press ctrl+← it produces
^[[1;5D. Your exact keycode may differ, but the first
^[ is represented as
\e, as shown in my example code.)
BTW, if you want to see all active bash keybindings, run
if you know how to use vi you can also turn on vi line editing mode using
set -o vi in your
.bash_profile or at any time on the command line. Then you can switch between vi command and insert modes. So you could hit escape, then use the vi commands for navigating the line:
0 = move to beginning of line $ = move to end of line w = move forward one word b = move backward one word
Once you get to the correct position, you can use the other vi commands to enter insert or append modes, or remove characters one by one, etc.