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Is this possible at all? (basically a pendant to cmd.exe's title command that Mikel's answer mentions, although I'd prefer changing the entire tab name instead of adding a window title)

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

In bash, the standard Xterm sequences documented at How to change the title of an xterm seem to work, e.g.

echo -e "\033]0;custom title\007"; cat

So try adding that to your PS1 in your .bashrc or whichever config file you use, e.g:


or use PROMPT_COMMAND instead if you are using bash.

In cmd.exe, you can use title <string> to set the title.

You would chain it together using a doskey alias like this:

doskey cd=title $1 ^&^& cd $1

Then set it to load for every new cmd using the instructions in Loading DOSKEY Automatically with CMD.

In both cases, to show only the window title, go to Settings->Appearance and tick the
Use console window title* box.

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I'm afraid title is a built-in of cmd.exe, so bash claims bash: title: command not found :( but it works for cmd.exe, so +1 – Tobias Kienzler Jan 20 '11 at 12:41
thanks for the update - wow, doskey's still around? Hm, I'd probably first of all doskey alias=doske – Tobias Kienzler Jan 20 '11 at 12:51
Yes, my original answer was only for cmd. I have updated it with instructions for bash. – Mikel Jan 20 '11 at 12:58
your current solution won't change the working directory, using PS1='\033]0;\u@\h:\w\007'$PS1 instead does the trick – Tobias Kienzler Jan 20 '11 at 13:17
Sorry, yes, there was a missing backslash. It is fixed now. – Mikel Jan 20 '11 at 13:18

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