I'm looking for a terminal emulator on Mac OSX with a specific feature:

to be able to split the console window into multiple panes.

It's a great feature of Terminator for gnome, I think this image describes it best:

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Notice that every pane is a different prompt with different applications running.

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If you want another Terminal Emulator (instead of Terminal.app), use iTerm2, as Daniel Beck suggests. If you want to split the Terminal.app window into multiple ones, use either "screen" (already part of the standard Mac OS X installation), install "tmux" or split windows in emacs.

P.S. Very similar questions have already been asked (and answered), e.g. here: How to get vertical split of terminal in Mac to execute different actions?

  • iTerm2 added terminal splitting in a recent release.
    – Ian C.
    Aug 31, 2011 at 2:57

iTerm 2 supports this. Compare login times in the screenshot.

Don't know what's wrong with my PS1 though, I use Terminal usually. enter image description here

  • I've found that iTerm2 doesn't render PS1 correctly if it's anything non-trivial. That's actually the only reason I'm still using Terminal.app
    – alesplin
    Feb 6, 2011 at 21:35

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