Is there a multi-tab terminal replacement for Cygwin's terminal?

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    @DanielBeck this is not a duplicate question. It's a duplicate answer. Randomize is clearly looking for a multitab terminal for a Unixy shell on Windows---whereas the question you marked it as a duplicate of seems to be agnostic to shell type. Incidentally, both questions can be solved the same way. But I consider them two separate questions.
    – Kazark
    Jun 6, 2013 at 15:48
  • @Kazark Your edit made them duplicate, because Cygwin doesn't have its own terminal, but uses whatever you launch it in.
    – Daniel Beck
    Jun 6, 2013 at 16:25
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    @DanielBeck But the questioner may not know that. I certainly did not; an item called "Cygwin Terminal" appears in the start menu after install. It has its own icon; are you say that it is the same terminal as the default on on Windows?
    – Kazark
    Jun 6, 2013 at 17:05
  • As of 2019 mintty supports tabs. You still have multiple mintty processes, tabs are just a permanent widget allowing navigation via click. TabBar=yes
    – gavenkoa
    Apr 6, 2021 at 9:49

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You can use Console to achieve this. Simply configure the Shell under the Settings page to point to Cygwin.bat.

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  • thanks, it works fine! just a question: in the Settings->Console under Startup Dir if I set the path dos-like (c:\path|...) or in *nix like (/cygdrive/c/... with or without /cygdrive) it doesn't come up at the specified path. Do you know how to set this? Thanks
    – Randomize
    Mar 31, 2011 at 16:04
  • I'm honestly not sure as it's been a while since I personally used Console. However if you can't find a way to set it properly in there, you could always edit your .bashrc file in your Cygwin installation to change to the desired folder upon login.
    – Gaff
    Mar 31, 2011 at 16:19
  • But if so every time I launch a new tab it will be CygWin. How can I use different tabs for different programs like what is in your snapshot?
    – Ziyuan
    Mar 21, 2013 at 0:06
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    I tried to use Console2 (last release dates 2011) to run Cygwin 64 bits in my Windows 7 64 bits and it didn't work. Researching a bit I was able to find ConsoleZ which is a fork of the former that is properly updated and was able to support the environment I described.
    – Chuim
    Dec 4, 2013 at 22:33
  • @Chuim - It seems to be working fine for me. Console 2.00.148 (32-bit according to Process Manager) running Cygwyn64 Terminal over Win 7 64-bit.
    – ysap
    Nov 3, 2015 at 18:06

The standard answer to this question is GNU Screen.

Wikipedia has some alternatives, such as tmux.

  • But unfortunately tmux doesn't work under cygwin
    – Ben Hughes
    Aug 5, 2013 at 22:34
  • tmux is working great under cygwin for me at the moment, I just needed to select tmux in the list of installed packages. That said, I still like having tabs in addition to split windows just like the OP.
    – akom
    Apr 16, 2017 at 15:15

If it is not a problem for you to start sshd and use cygwin via "ssh localhost", try MTPuTTY. It worked great for me.


  • full access to PuTTY configurability (and I do not know any better terminal emulator for windows)
  • configurable keybindings in MTPuTTY (everything I needed)

mobaxterm might be what you're looking for - basic set of cywin tools (and you can use your own) multi tabs, and an x server baked right in

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