Let's say I am working on an .html (or any text-based) file in vim. Next, I need to open a new pane in the same window to work on the terminal. How can I achieve that?

I know how to use tmux to open a new pane and then go into vim. But how do I do the reverse? To open a new tmux pane to work on terminal if i am already in vim window?


I would like to open a new pane instead of tab. Panes will allow me to easily see all the terminals and vim files. I can do :split but that would just open a new vim pane instead of a new terminal pane.


  • Are you interested in tabs? :tabnew will open one more tab – SibiCoder Jul 27 '16 at 4:32
  • Hi @SibiCoder, I have edited my question above and it also addresses your suggestion. Please have a look. Thanks. – goddar Jul 27 '16 at 6:31
  • I guess you can't open terminal pane from vim. For that case, you have to open another terminal – SibiCoder Jul 27 '16 at 7:44

Try prefix-key followed by shift+double quote. This works for me and I use it frequently. It should open a terminal pane below the vim pane.


Or to have the new terminal pane open beside the vim pane:


Apparently you're forgetting to press the prefix-key (Ctrl+b by default) before the colon. The right combination is Ctrl+b and then :split-window.

If you forget to press Ctrl+b, the colon will be interpreted by Vim instead of Tmux.

  • Hi, thanks @Joan Manuel Rivera, I have tried it and it could only work if you follow the following sequence: Open new terminal > tmux > vim > ctrl+b :split-window, then I was able to open a new terminal. But, if you try the following sequence: Open new terminal > vim > ctrl+b :split-window, it will just open a new vim window, which is not what I try to achieve. Any suggestions? – goddar Aug 16 '16 at 12:33

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