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How can I change the profile of my current iTerm2 session?

If I click Profiles and select one, it opens a new session instead of changing the current one.

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  • I'm looking for functionality offered out of the box by Gnome Terminal. – muad-dweeb Apr 16 '20 at 20:03
  • That explanation should be in the question not in comments. Also what does Gnome Terminal offer out of the box - most people here won't have used it. – mmmmmm May 18 at 8:19
  • There is also possibility for Automatic Profile Switching (Preferences > Profiles > Advanced > Automatic Profile Switching). Shell integration must be installed and: "Any session will switch to this profile automatically when your hostname, username and current path match a rule below. A rule may specify username, hostname, path, or job" – Aivar Paalberg May 18 at 8:29
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You have to "Edit" the session.

The easiest way to do this is to right click on anywhere on the open iTerm2 window, select Edit Session... A Preferences pane will appear and under the General tab, look for the Profile Name selection box. Double click on your desired profile.

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This can be done using iterm2 profile keys (these are handy shortcuts which you can add yourself)

  1. In iTerm's preferences, select the keys tab.
  2. There's a table called key mappings, click on the + at the bottom of the table
  3. Choose a keyboard shortcut From the dropdown menu, search and choose for change profile option and assign a shortcut.
  4. Remember these are shortcut keys when you present in the respective profile, so if you switch profile and toggle back, you need to add a shortcut in the other profile

It works across all panes and windows and its setting is persistent across sessions.

This works on iTerm2 (version, 3.0.8 to Build 3.4.6) Reference

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To add other profiles and change the default you need to go to the Profiles menu and choose Open Profile... key for that is o

This gives a panel where you can edit all the existing profiles and run them .

Documentation is at https://iterm2.com/documentation-menu-items.html

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