How To Install Tmux Terminal Multiplexer on Linux

Install Tmux Terminal Multiplexer on Linux

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Tmux Terminal Multiplexer on Linux. For those of you who didn’t know, Tmux is a terminal multiplexer that 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.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Tmux Terminal Multiplexer on Linux.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Tmux Terminal Multiplexer on Linux

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Tmux on Linux.

Installation is pretty straightforward if you have Ubuntu, Arch,  OpenSUSE, or CentOS distribution you can install Tmux using the following command below:

### Debian / Ubuntu based ###
sudo apt install tmux

### Arch Linux based ###
sudo pacman -S tmux

### OpenSUSE based ###
sudo zypper install tmux

### macOS based ###
brew install tmux

### RedHat / CentOS based ###
yum install tmux

After the installation is finished, then type Tmux on your console to run Tmux:


Step 3. Tmux Commands QuickStart.

Ctrl+b is the Tmux command prefix. Here below for the sake of Clarity, the Ctrl+b will be repeated for every command:

To List the Available Commands:

Ctrl+b ?

To Create a New Pane:

Ctrl+b "

To Change Panes Layouts:

Ctrl+b Space

To Rotate Panes into Layout:

Ctrl+b Ctrl+o

To Switch into another Pane:

Ctrl+b ;

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Tmux. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Tmux terminal multiplexer tool on the Linux server. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Tmux website.

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