I'm a heavy bash user and konsole is my preferred environment. I know I can use the keyboard command ctrl+shift+x to clear the scrollback buffer, but there's certain points in my scripts where I would like that to occur. How can I clear konsole's scrollback buffer using the command line, bash, or any other shell?

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This will do it:

echo -e "\e[3J"

Found here. Works in regular xterm too.

  • nice! good find and works perfectly!
    – Joshua K
    Oct 24, 2009 at 4:32
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    I liked echo -ne "\e[3J" better as it avoids printed line-break.
    – Patrick B.
    Mar 22, 2012 at 12:01
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    @PatricB.: true, though in this context, I'm expecting him to incorporate it into a script
    – retracile
    Mar 22, 2012 at 16:26
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    @SandeepDatta: It works with konsole 4.14.3 on Fedora 20; it doesn't clear the screen--it clears the scrollback buffer.
    – retracile
    Apr 10, 2015 at 18:36
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    As an extension to this answer, I aliased this to the clear command (alias clear="clear && echo -e '\e[3J' && clear") so my screen actually clears now.
    – BrockLee
    Sep 25, 2015 at 15:21

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