Created: 2014-05-19 14:24
Updated: 2019-02-22 03:47
License: mit

Tmux sessionist

Lightweight tmux utilities for manipulating tmux sessions.

Tested and working on Linux, OSX and Cygwin.


Sessions are a second class citizen in tmux environment:

  • there are no default key bindings for creating or deleting sessions
  • creating a session is cumbersome, just try tmux new-session -s name inside tmux (hint: you first have to detach)
  • deleting (killing) current session by default detaches tmux (why?)
  • no fast way for session switching when there's more than ~5 sessions

This plugin solves the above problems.


  • prefix + g - prompts for session name and switches to it. Performs 'kind-of' name completion.
    Faster than the built-in prefix + s prompt for long session lists.
  • prefix + C (shift + c) - prompt for creating a new session by name.
  • prefix + X (shift + x) - kill current session without detaching tmux.
  • prefix + S (shift + s) - switches to the last session.
    The same as built-in prefix + L that everyone seems to override with some other binding.
  • prefix + @ - promote current pane into a new session.
    Analogous to how prefix + ! breaks current pane to a new window.
  • prefix + t<secondary-key> - join currently marked pane (prefix + m) to current session/window, and switch to it
    • secondary-keys
      • h, -, ": join horizontally
      • v, |, %: join vertically
      • f, @: join full screen

Installation with Tmux Plugin Manager (recommended)

Add plugin to the list of TPM plugins in .tmux.conf:

set -g @plugin 'tmux-plugins/tmux-sessionist'

Hit prefix + I to fetch the plugin and source it. You can now use the plugin.

Manual Installation

Clone the repo:

$ git clone ~/clone/path

Add this line to the bottom of .tmux.conf:

run-shell ~/clone/path/sessionist.tmux

Reload TMUX environment with $ tmux source-file ~/.tmux.conf. You can now use the plugin.

Other plugins

You might also find these useful:

  • pain control - useful standard bindings for controlling panes
  • logging - easy logging and screen capturing



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