Tmux by default comes with the following keybinding to quickly switch between windows numbered 0 to 9:

C-b + 0-9

With a couple of dozen different project folders, a few ssh sessions and other goodies in my tmux, I seem to always spill over the 10 windows I can quickly access, and I would love to figure out a quick way to switch to windows numbered 10 or higher. Right now I have to manually type out something along these lines in the tmux prompt:

swap-window -t 12

Which is quite time-consuming.

Has anyone figured out a solid shortcut that helps you quickly access windows 10 and higher? I know weechat solved this problem with the two shorcuts:

Alt + 0-9
Alt+j followed by \d{2}

Can anything along those lines be accomplished with tmux?


There are a few easy ways to do it.

  • Use C-b ' to select the window index.

  • Use C-b w to get an interactive index to choose from (0-9a-z).

  • Add bindings to cycle through quickly in tmux.conf

    bind -r C-h select-window -t :-
    bind -r C-l select-window -t :+

The -r in the last one lets you repeat the key without having to repeat C-b. Typically the second one is the least number of keystrokes.

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    The first two commands are exactly what I was looking for, thank you Jason! – glitch Jun 5 '14 at 20:01
  • Ah. I've fatfingered C-b w a bunch accidentally and have been spooked. Now I finally know what it's for. – ijoseph Nov 3 '20 at 19:46

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