In Linux I can set terminal shortcut like this:

stty intr ^i

But in OS X it doesn't work, I've tried this construction with no success:

stty brkint ^i      # why is this illegal option???

How to setup Terminal shortcut in OS X?

  • stty intr ^I or stty intr ^E both work in Sierra!?
    – klanomath
    Oct 2, 2016 at 18:45
  • can you not just set an Alias?
    – OzzieSpin
    Oct 2, 2016 at 20:17

1 Answer 1


The command:

stty intr ^i

works exactly the same way on MacOS X as on Linux. Please note here ^i are 2 characters and not a tab.

On the other hand, the command:

stty brkint ^i


stty: illegal option -- ^i

because brkint is a boolean option to stty and not one with any other following value, and because ^i considered alone is not a valid option to stty.

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