On OS-X I can't scroll in T-mux by more than one line at a time.

I have tried the following things:

  • Ctrl+b then pg-up or pg-down.
  • Ctrl+b then [ then pg-up or pg-down.
  • Ctrl+b then shift+pg-up or shift-pg-down.
  • Adding the line bind-key j page-up in ~/.tmux.conf and then using Ctrl+b and j to page up.


  • Ctrl+b is the correct prefix on my machine, it works for other tmux shortcuts.
  • I have tried the changing the osx terminal preferences to include and exclude pg-up and pg-down keys.
  • Ctrl+b then [ and up arrow or down arrow works to scroll one line at a time.
  • I am using terminal on an OS-X machine but using ssh to connect to a linux box and using tmux there.

After all these attempts, I am still restricted to scrolling one line at a time which is much too slow when scrolling several hundred lines.

  • So what is your question again or am I missing it somewhere in your Notes section or something? Jul 26, 2017 at 1:17
  • Sorry, the title didn't specify - it's now updated. I can only scroll by one line at a time. The question is, how do I scroll by one screen at a time as you would usually expect to using some combination of pg-up or pg-down keys? None of the above methods work to achieve this.
    – Matt
    Jul 26, 2017 at 4:46
  • Look over all the answers here and see if any of these answers help first and if so then this is a duplicate superuser.com/questions/209437/how-do-i-scroll-in-tmux. Otherwise just in case this has something the other doesn't mention, give it a quick peek too just in case, unix.stackexchange.com/questions/81540/… Jul 26, 2017 at 4:59


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