Is there a way to temporarily stop the terminal from automatically scrolling down when new output is output to the terminal?

  • How about pressing Control-S? I don't have OS X at hand but it work in other Unixes. – Arkadiusz Drabczyk Sep 26 '17 at 16:43
  • Tried it just now. Doesn’t seem to have any effect. – timbram Sep 26 '17 at 16:47
  • it worked for me! control-x not command-x. – jmh Sep 26 '17 at 16:50
  • Do you have stty? – Arkadiusz Drabczyk Sep 26 '17 at 16:50
  • @ArkadiuszDrabczyk I don't know what stty is. I should mention though that I am ssh'ed into a linux machine while trying to stop the scrolling out. neither control-S or control-x have any effect. – timbram Sep 26 '17 at 16:53

Just scroll a line or two upward. The terminal only scrolls down automatically when you're already at the bottom. (This works in many other terminals as well, not just Terminal.app.)


You can pipe your command into more or less. du -h | less This gives you a page at a time.

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