iTerm2 2.0

A practical and very easy-to-use replacement for OS X's Terminal app that comes with a long list of features designed to improve your workflow

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What's new in iTerm2 2.0:

  • Major New Features:
  • Deep tmux integration:Have you ever had an ssh session lost because you had to reboot, had a network failure, or the power went out? Are you tired of giving up a keystroke to tmux or screen? Suffer no longer! iTerm2 and tmux are now deeply integrated. By installing a special version of tmux, it gains the ability to speak directly to iTerm2. When you run tmux with -CC, iTerm2 will open real, native windows or tabs for each tmux window. The whole state of your tmux session is reflected in native iTerm2 windows. As you interact with a window, your typing is sent back to tmux. Any time you resize a window, add a split pane, close a split pane, close a window, or open a window (with Shell->tmux->new window), that action happens in tmux as well as in iTerm2. All the details are at
  • A "Toolbelt" has been added. It's a drawer that opens to the right of a window and shows running jobs, paste history, a field for taking notes, and lets you open new windows/tabs/splits. Look for the Toolbelt menu.
  • Add "triggers." A trigger is an action that is performed when text matching some regular expression is received in a terminal session. More info here:
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iTerm2 is a lightweight, yet powerful, Mac OS X application that comes as a replacement for Apple’s Terminal and the successor to iTerm.

A versatile and fully-featured terminal application for your Mac 

iTerm2 is specially designed for power users, developers, as well as Linux users that have recently migrated to Mac and prefer the power and performance provided by a terminal window.

Although, iTerm2’s interface is similar to Terminal, the app brings numerous changes and improvements to the way you will interact with your terminal.

iTerm2 offers two ways to select and copy text to your Mac’s clipboard, you can use the mouse or you can take advantage of the find’s “mouseless copy” feature to speed up your selection and copy process. Once you found the beginning of the text, you can press tab and extend your selection by one word.

Support for split tabs and multiple terminal instances

What is more, iTerm2 enables you to quickly split your tab into multiple panels and use different terminal sessions at the same time. You can divide the window vertically or horizontally via the Shell menu or by using the pre-defined hotkeys. As expected, you can browse through all opened panes using keyboard shortcuts and focus on a panel at a time by hiding all others.

Hotkey users will be happy to know that iTerm2 offers a special “hotkey window” that can be instantly summoned and which is in charge with various administrative tasks. The feature can be easily enabled from the Preferences window and enables you to drop a terminal window down from the top of your screen and run the desired commands.

When it comes to marking a location in a session you just have to use the default keyboard shortcut and return to it in the same way. This feature proves its utility to Mac users that need to pause the editor in order to compile an app that might emit errors. Consequently, you can save a mark point and return to your editor to fix the errors.

Improve your work speed with the help of the autocomplete function

Thanks to iTerm2’s autocomplete feature you can speed up your writing and workflow. By accessing the autocomplete window you can view the top 20 choices for words that match the beginning of your word. Fortunately, you can refine the list by simply typing a subsequence.

Beside the above mentioned features, iTerm2 also comes with Growl support, 256 Color mode, Focus Follows Mouse feature, Smart Cursor Color, Exposé tabs and more.

iTerm2 was reviewed by , last updated on July 15th, 2014

Runs on: Mac OS X 10.7 or later (Intel only)

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