Is it possible to have a background image for the whole window and not every split pane itself? I can't find how to do it anywhere.

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This is a year late but I had the same question and ended up here.

There is no way to set a single background for the whole window but if you untick Use Lion-style Fullscreen Windows in the General Preferences, then you can set your background semi-transparent and have your wallpaper act as a single background when iTerm2 is in full screen.

In my case this achieved the result I was looking for in the first place and is an alternative to what you were asking for.

Here's what mine looks like now:

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You could also set transparency to 100%.

Note: You may also want to tick Auto-hide menu bar in non-Lion fullscreen in the Appearance tab.

  • This is extremely clever and neat solution. Thank you sir!
    – Gricha
    Sep 13, 2015 at 16:20

Since iTerm version 3.3.0 (in Beta as of June 2019) you have a setting for this:

In Preferences > Appearance > Panes un-tick Separate background images per pane

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  • 1
    Currently, this is the quick and easy solution/answer to the question
    – Van_Paitin
    Aug 5, 2020 at 15:35
  • Works, and iTerm2 too
    – pixelearth
    Mar 2 at 22:43

In Iterm2 go to Preferences:

Profiles > Window > Background Image
  • is there a way to set this through AppleScript?
    – user53981
    Jul 5, 2019 at 19:51

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