How can I obtain information (title, created time, visible content) about windows in a screen session? I need to do this in a script, so I am not looking for key bindings or interactive commands.

Something like tmux's list-windows would be great.


According to this thread in screen-users such a functionality has been implemented in screen. Apparently I don't have a recent enough version for it to work but this should work in recent versions of screen. [Edit] I just tried with the latest git, it work even if it's not documented in screen -h

screen -Q windows
screen -Q select my_window

The first appearance of the -Q option was in this commit.

  • This seems to be the best way of going about it now. However, this has a few drawbacks in the implementation - 1. The display is limited to top few screens. 2. Invoking echo $(screen -Q windows) pauses the session as the screen's status bar is shown.
    – KalEl
    Sep 13 '16 at 17:47

In GNU Screen the default key binding to get a list of all the windows (and choose one to switch to) is:

C-a "

Try the sequence Ctrl-a w per the instructions here.

Personally, I use a .screenrc file that keeps this information on the bottom of the screen at all times (like a Windows task bar). My screen config (~/.screenrc) looks like:

hardstatus on
hardstatus alwayslastline
hardstatus string "%{.bW}%-w%{.rW}%n %t%{-}%+w %=%{..G} %H %{..Y} %m/%d %C%a "
  • Thank you, that is nice. But as I said in the question I am not looking for a key binding. I need to get the window name and other information from a bash script.
    – sina
    Aug 20 '12 at 17:12
  • You're right, I misread your question. I'll do some research and post back if I find anything.
    – bobmagoo
    Aug 20 '12 at 17:22

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