I use Iterm2 on the Mac. Many times, I accidentally press Command+some key, so I'm wondering, is it possible to disable the Command shortcuts? Like Command+D for example, as I use tmux for split panes.

  • the most annoying of these accidents is ⌘+Q since Q is just next to Tab. The ignore shortcut below also works to disable this – Ciprian Tomoiagă Oct 31 '18 at 13:29

You'll want to override iTerm's default shortcuts with your own shortcuts to "Ignore".

Go to Preferences > Key and press the + button at the bottom of the Global Shortcut Keys:

Global Shortcut Keys

Then add an entry for Cmd+K and choose "Ignore" for the action:

Entry for Cmd+K

This disables Cmd+K.

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    In my case I need to bubble the shortcut action up to the OS. Ignore seems actually stop it. Any solution for this? thanks – masciugo Mar 11 '20 at 7:54

Another useful option - you want to use Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V and Ctrl-Z in iTerm2, but you defined them globally on your Mac as Copy, Paste, Undo shortcuts.

To be able to use those shortcuts in iTerm2 to stop running command (ctrl-c), insert special character (ctrl-v) or put program into background (ctrl-z):

  • create shortcuts ctrl-c ctrl-v ctrl-z in iTerm2 - Preferences > Keys > + same as in above solution
  • instead of Ignore chose action "Do Not Remap Modifiers"

And now you can use ctrl-c for copy in rest of mac os and for break inside iTerm2.


You have the option to remap a key in iTerm2 to send an escape sequence. In your case, to remap +D to send Esc+D, select the action Send Escape Sequence and provide the sequence of characters that should follow the Escape character to be sent to the terminal. enter image description here


You could just go to Preferences > Keys and manually delete every shortcut with Cmd.

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    Those commands are not listed – mollerhoj Mar 15 '13 at 17:09
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    Please delete this answer. It is wrong and misleading. – βξhrαng Mar 10 '14 at 9:09
  • @Behrang we don't delete wrong answers for that reason alone. Can you explain he harm here or better, why exactly this is wrong. – bmike Mar 10 '14 at 12:35
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    The Preferences > Keys panel does not contain an entry for Cmd+K so there's nothing to delete that can fix this issue. – βξhrαng Mar 10 '14 at 14:43
  • Yes, the harm here is the possibility of a user wasting time trying to use this answer when, in fact, it cannot possibly work. – Br.Bill Aug 29 '19 at 17:02

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