Boost your console productivity on tmux

With “ Oh My Tmux!”, a self-contained, pretty and versatile tmux configuration file

tmux is a tool that can be used to multiplex several virtual consoles, allowing a user to access multiple separate terminal sessions inside a single terminal window or remote terminal session.

It lets you switch easily between several programs in one terminal, detach them (they keep running in the background) and reattach them to a different terminal.

The commands are pretty simple to memorize, but if you need a quick reference, you can use this cheat sheet:

However, tmux may be very useful only if properly configured.

Regarding that, I want to share “Oh My Tmux!”, a configuration file edited by Gregory Pakosz, which expands the possibilities of tmux in a remarkable way.


  • C-a acts as secondary prefix, while keeping default C-b prefix
  • visual theme inspired by Powerline
  • maximize any pane to a new window with <prefix> +
  • SSH aware username and hostname status line information
  • mouse mode toggle with <prefix> m
  • automatic usage of reattach-to-user-namespace if available
  • laptop battery status line information
  • uptime status line information
  • optional highlight of focused pane (tmux >= 2.1)
  • configurable new windows and panes behavior (optionally retain current path)
  • SSH aware split pane (reconnects to remote server, experimental)
  • copy to OS clipboard (needs reattach-to-user-namespace on macOS, xsel or xclip on Linux)
  • Facebook PathPicker integration if available
  • Urlview integration if available



  • tmux >= 2.1 running inside Linux, Mac, OpenBSD, Cygwin or WSL (Bash on Ubuntu on Windows)
  • outside of tmux, $TERM must be set to xterm-256color

To install, run the following from your terminal: (you may want to backup your existing ~/.tmux.conf first)

$ cd
$ git clone
$ ln -s -f .tmux/.tmux.conf
$ cp .tmux/.tmux.conf.local .

Then proceed to customize your ~/.tmux.conf.local copy.

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