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tmux Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to tmux for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is GNU Screen, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked nine alternatives to tmux and five of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to tmux are byobu, WezTerm, Zellij and abduco.

tmux 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 tmux.
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    GNU Screen

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Xfce
    9 alternatives to GNU Screen 

    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.

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    Almost everyone thinks GNU Screen is a great alternative to tmux.
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    It has the most intuitive key bindings and the vastest range of capabilities amongst the ones I have tried. However, the first thing you should do after installation is to change command character because it is terrible choice.

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    byobu

    • Mac
    • Linux
    6 alternatives to byobu 

    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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    byobu vs tmux opinions
    Some users think byobu is a great alternative to tmux, some don't.
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    byobu uses tmux as a back-end. It's literally just alternative keybindings and a predefined status bar. It's tmux configuration, not tmux replacement.

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    WezTerm

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    81 alternatives to WezTerm 

    A GPU-accelerated cross-platform terminal emulator and multiplexer written by @wez and implemented in Rust

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    Zellij

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    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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  5. abduco

    • Mac
    • Linux
    7 alternatives to abduco 

    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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