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Copy-paste in tmux

connorbode profile image Connor Bode ・1 min read

tmux is a great tool if you live in the shell. Sometimes you'll need to copy-paste between windows & panes. If you have a vertically split window, you can't use the mouse to copy text from one side to the other.

Here's how to copy-paste between tmux windows or panes:

  1. ctrl+b,[ allows you to move your cursor around
  2. ctrl+space starts copying from where the cursor is
  3. ctrl+w grabs the selection to the tmux clipboard
  4. ctrl+b,] pastes the clipboard out to the current window / pane

That's it, hope it helps you!

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