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GNU Screen is described as 'Screen is a full-screen window manager that multiplexes a physical terminal between several processes, typically interactive shells. Each virtual terminal provides the functions of the DEC VT100 terminal and, in addition, several control functions from the ANSI X3' and is a popular app in the os & utilities category. There are nine alternatives to GNU Screen for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, iPhone, BSD and iPad. The best alternative is tmux, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like GNU Screen are byobu, Zellij, dtach and mtm.

GNU Screen alternatives are mainly Terminal Emulators but may also be Window Managers or Shells. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of GNU Screen.
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    tmux

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    9 alternatives to tmux 

    tmux is a terminal multiplexer: it enables a number of terminals (or windows), each running a separate program, to be created, accessed, and controlled from a single screen. tmux may be detached from a screen and continue running in the background, then later reattached.

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    1.  Lightweighttmux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Portabletmux can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Almost everyone thinks tmux is a great alternative to GNU Screen.
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    Tmux is the hot new kid on the terminal multiplexing block. Better readability in config and code, vertical split, and actual updates!

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    Much simpler, more logical and there is a great guide available which let me understand the program in minutes!

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    byobu

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    Byobu is a GPLv3 open source text-based window manager and terminal multiplexer. It was originally designed to provide elegant enhancements to the otherwise functional, plain, practical GNU Screen , for the Ubuntu server distribution.

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    Zellij

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    8 alternatives to Zellij 

    Zellij is a terminal workspace. It has the base functionality of a terminal multiplexer (similar to tmux or screen) but includes many built-in features that would allow users to extend it and create their own personalized environment.

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    dtach

    6 alternatives to dtach 

    dtach is a tiny program that emulates the detach feature of screen, allowing you to run a program in an environment that is protected from the controlling terminal and attach to it later. dtach does not keep track of the contents of the screen, and thus works best with programs...

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    1.  Command line interfacedtach either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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      Light, slim, not overhauled, resource efficient and just the most handy for its main purpose.

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      mtm

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      • Linux
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      Perhaps the smallest useful terminal multiplexer in the world.

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      Wemux

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      7 alternatives to Wemux 

      wemux - Multi-User Tmux Made Easy.

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      Zterm

      19 alternatives to Zterm 

      ZTerm is a terminal emulation program for the Macintosh. In its day, many people used it to connect to Bulletin Board Systems and download files. Now we have the internet. Its still a useful utility for those systems that only offer dialup connections and for connecting to...

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    • abduco

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      abduco provides session management i.e. it allows programs to be run independently from their controlling terminal. That is programs can be detached - run in the background - and then later reattached. Together with dvtm it provides a simpler and cleaner alternative to tmux or...

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      Get Console

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      Get Console is the first ipad and iphone serial port terminal application providing serial terminal connectivity without jailbreaking. The app store description advises it works on network devices, but offers a standard VT100 emulation.

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