I need to monitor 2-4 console windows at the same time. Now I'm using 4 cygwin mintty windows, each takes 1/4 of my whole desktop space. The problem is that they aren't tied together. And if I switch to some other window (eg., Fx or Eclipse etc) and then want to switch back I have to find all these 4 windows. It's a pain. So I'm looking for some enhanced command prompt manager similar to tiled *nix window manager. Tabs aren't suitable for me. I've already found PowerCmd, but 1) it's not free, 2) overloaded with features (I need only mintty with tiles), 3) there are reviews which claim that it's quite buggy.

Any suggestions?


Some alternatives are.

  • ConEmu

    ConEmu-Maximus5 is a Windows console emulator with tabs, which presents multiple consoles and simple GUI applications as one customizable GUI window with various features.

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  • Console

    Console is a Windows console window enhancement. Console features include: multiple tabs, text editor-like text selection, different background types, alpha and color-key transparency, configurable font, different window styles

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  • They have only tabs - so you couldn't see all 4 consoles at the same time. – St.Shadow Nov 15 '13 at 10:51
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    Ok, ConEmu has tiles now (actually, I believe it has had them for some time already) and I'm slightly switching from ConsoleZ to ConEmu. Reason: it supports back-history (ctrl+R) search, could mix tiles (eg: one is bash, another - windows cmd). – St.Shadow Jun 25 '15 at 14:50

I'm using ConsoleZ, which also has tabs but lets you split the main window, so you can see multiple consoles at the same time:

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this shows just tree panels, but you can have 4 and more as well.

  • Excellent! It also supports cygwin's bash. – St.Shadow Nov 17 '13 at 8:59
  • I've changed my mind in favor of ConEmu. It has more features, and is less out-of-date than ConsoleZ. – St.Shadow Sep 22 '15 at 11:31

I'm wondering why not just use any terminal and screen? Or tmux? Both have the benefit of being able to open it on another X desktop or console alltogether, including multiple views (perhaps just to keep it on your desktop but connect remotely via ssh from work and taking a peek without detaching the desktop client.

  • Because I work on Windows and do ssh to different Linux boxes. – St.Shadow Apr 17 '14 at 8:52
  • BTW for Linux tmux is my favorite, – St.Shadow Feb 20 '17 at 14:59

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