I feel like this is a pretty stupid question but I Googled it and played around with it and still didn't figure it out so here we go:

When I open iTerm2, it opens in a default size. How can I set it to open in a different window size?

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The easiest way to have iTerm2 open with a specific size, position and number of windows is:

  • Get it all set up the way you'd like to see it when it opens. Have all your iTerm2 windows sized and place where you like them.
  • From the top menu select Window -> Save Window Arrangement and give it a name
  • Go to the Preferences and under the Arrangements section find the named arrangement, select it and press the Set Default button

Set default arrangement

  • Go to the General page and select Open default window arrangement

Make iTerm open it on startup

Now, when you start iTerm2, it'll use your saved arrangement to place, size and create the number of windows you saved. You can adjust the settings any time by placing things as you like them and re-saving the default arrangement.

  • Thanks, I found step number 2 but couldn't find step number 3, do you have a screen shot that can help? Aug 9, 2013 at 2:42
  • I'll add a screen shot tonight.
    – Ian C.
    Aug 9, 2013 at 17:38
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    This is a great answer. It was driving me crazy having to resize and position on a daily basis. Jul 15, 2015 at 16:04
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    Perfect solution. Sadly, the settings UX isn't as straightforward and probably too advanced for me to understand.
    – Dan
    Oct 4, 2016 at 13:55
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    Its working only when it is opened for the first time. On creating a new window, it still looks minimized. Is there any solution for that ? Mar 20, 2019 at 16:47


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    Careful about the numbers that you enter for the new window dimensions... I figured that a max value would mean it would take up the room that it could on the designated starting screen, but it didn't. Now iTerm crashes every time I launch it because I can't find the preferences file to change the value back! Jul 25, 2016 at 13:48
  • In OSX you find this under Profiles => Open profiles, then select default profile and click edit "profiles" Sep 19, 2016 at 7:35

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