Is there a way to name a terminal window or even better give each tab a name. at the moment they just get the underlying process name : for example a tab running elasticsearch gets the name java


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You can use @bubu 's solution, or you can right click on the tab, select "Inspect Tab", and set the title from there.

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    Or press Cmd-I to get the inspector.
    – Daniel Beck
    Dec 18, 2010 at 5:16
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    Shift-Command-I (Shell > Edit Title) also shows the Inspector and will ensure it selects the Info pane.
    – Chris Page
    Aug 21, 2011 at 7:59
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    As of Mac OS X Lion 10.7, Terminal's Inspector also supports setting the tab title separately from the window title.
    – Chris Page
    Aug 21, 2011 at 8:09
  • I came across this post in 2021, I'm on macOS Catalina - @DanielBeck solution is what was most helpful for me. When you do Cmd-I you get the inspector window, and in there is a field called "Tab Title."
    – Stpete111
    May 13, 2021 at 13:50


echo -n -e "\033]0;In soviet russia, the title bar sets you\007"

will set your title to "In soviet russia, the title bar sets you"

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    Or, even shorter, you can use echo -ne instead of echo -n -e.
    – Wuffers
    Dec 18, 2010 at 4:03
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    Seems to me that the soviet russia jokes are not well received here...
    – bubu
    Jun 7, 2011 at 1:23
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    Note that "0" sets both the window and the tab title. As of Mac OS X Lion 10.7, you can set them independently, using "1" (tab title) and "2" (window title).
    – Chris Page
    Aug 21, 2011 at 8:02
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    I recommend using printf instead of echo, because it's simpler and more portable (the "-n" option is not defined in POSIX): printf '\e]0;...\a'
    – Chris Page
    Aug 21, 2011 at 8:07
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    If you're interested in how this works, it uses an XTerm escape sequence (also known as a control sequence). A full list of sequences is available here. Oct 27, 2013 at 9:29

If you do this frequently, you can make @bubu's answer a function in your bash_profile, like so:

tab() {
    echo -ne "\033]0;$*\007"   

And then just call it followed by the tab name, e.g. tab Tab Title with Spaces!

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