This tutorial will cover how to install and configure Byobu as well as how to use its most common features. Basic window management Creating a window: This is what makes Byobu so powerful. This allows you to easily multi-task within a single connection. Byobu provides the ability to split windows into multiple panes with both horizontal and vertical splits.

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Pressing F6 cleanly detaches your current session and logs you out of the SSH connection. A session consists of a collection of windowswhich are basically shell sessions, and paneswhich are windows split into multiple sections.

F2 Create a horizontal split pane: Email Required, but never shown. F12 then Sthen arrow keys, numbers Mouse mode Type F12then: Content Twitter About Contact.

You can also give these windows names so it’s easier to organize and find them. You can detach all clients but yourself, using this Byobu hotkey: Byobu is disabled by default after installation. Go back and forward through split panes: Twitter Facebook Hacker News. First, SSH into your server and enable Byobu, if it isn’t already enabled from the previous steps. You may need to press F5 to refresh the status bar; an indicator byobk the status bar will appear, if required.


When running byobu for the first time, it will start with just your shell in a single window. Ubuntu should come with Byobu installed by default, so here, we’ll check that it’s installed and then configure some if its settings.

Now bring up the configuration menu. The effect is similar to a desktop menu. The list of all available status notifications will be displayed; you can select the ones you wish to enable or disable.

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If you change your mind later on and want to disable Byobu’s colorful prompt, you can run byobu-disable-prompt. Tips and tricks for htop. Step 1 — Installing Byobu Ubuntu should come with Byobu installed by default, so here, we’ll check that it’s installed and then configure some if its settings. You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. Byobu uses the function keys F1 through F12the top row of your keyboard for the default keybindings which provide access to all of the available functions.

This means that it makes it easy for you to open multiple windows and run multiple commands within a single terminal connection. This will automatically resize the surrounding panels within the window as the split is moved and makes it easy to make a pane a lot larger when you are working in it, and then enlarge a different pane when your focus has shifted. Now that you know how to use sessions, windows, and panes, we’ll cover another one of Byobu’s features: You can also have several desktops – or windows – that can be switched between, just like on your Mac.


Scrollback mode allows you to navigate past output using vi like commands. Another reason to use sessions is simply to have a clean workspace without closing your existing windows. Status notifications are a great way to see the information you care about in your system at a glance.

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Tried the accepted one and didn’t work, but this one did. There’s a lot more that Byobu is capable of. At this point, there should be some log entries in syslog.

However, if you prefer to use screenyou can easily change the enabled backend. To disable that, use byobu-disable. Since the 64x is larger, I figured that was my window while the other client was the smaller one. My new server install looks odd: