byobu an enhanced Tmux/Screen utility

Byobu is a Japanese term for decorative, multi-panel screens that serve as folding room dividers. As an open source project, Byobu is an elegant enhancement of the otherwise functional, plain, practical GNU Screen. Byobu includes an enhanced profile and configuration utilities for the GNU screen and TMUX window manager, such as toggle-able system status notifications. Byobu is included by default on Ubuntu based systems due to the author being employed by Canonical and can be installed on other distros from their package managers.

Byobu displays two lines at the bottom of your screen. The upper one is the Caption line, and the lower one is the Hard Status.

Caption line shows your open windows, and highlights the one upon which you are focused, and optionally displays your user name, host name, IP address, and a hint that there is a Menu available if you press F9. The Hard Status line consists of color coded output and symbols with configurable and dynamically updated facts, statistics, and information about the local system. See the Status Notifications section below for more information.

  • F2  Create a new window
  • F3  Move to the previous window
  • F4  Move to the next window
  • F5  Refresh all status notifications
  • F6  Detach from the session and logout
  • Shift-F6  Detach from the session, but do not logout
  • F7  Enter scrollback/search mode
  • F8  Rename the current window
  • F9  Launch the Byobu Configuration Menu
  • F12  GNU Screen’s Escape Key
  • Alt-Pageup  Scroll back through this window’s history
  • Alt-Pagedown  Scroll forward through this window’s history
  • Shift-F2  Split the screen horizontally
  • Ctrl-F2  Split the screen vertically
  • Shift-F3  Move focus to the next split
  • Shift-F4  Move focus to the previous split
  • Shift-F5  Collapse all splits
  • Ctrl-F5  Reconnect any SSH/GPG sockets or agents
  • Shift-F12  Toggle all of Byobu’s keybindings on or off

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