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Currently, I use iTerm on OS X. My terminal looks something along these lines:

My terminal

I came across this picture of a terminal setup on GitHub, and I wanted to imitate it:

Target terminal

Specifically, I wanted to change the padding/margin along the left side/bottom side of the window. While the picture in question appears to utilize OSX's default Terminal, I'm hoping it can be done in iTerm as well, although an OSX Terminal-specific solution would work too.

I've tried looking through iTerm and OSX Terminal's preferences (especially under the "Window" section on iTerm, but I have looked elsewhere), and I have yet to find an option for adjusting where the characters start along the left side.

I've also tried to implement this programmatically in Bash:

bash -l | sed 's/^/ /'

This seems to work fairly well, although it only indents program output, not my prompt line (and I'm having trouble setting such a piped command as my login shell).

Also, it only adjusts stdout, not stderr and piping it with bash -l 2>&1 simply hides all of Bash's output altogether.

Have I just overlooked some setting in iTerm/OSX Terminal? Is there any other way to set an "inner text area" within the Terminal window (i.e. set padding along the sides)?

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  • Well, for your prompt you could always try adding export PS1=" $PS1" (give or take a space) to ~/.profile
    – lzam
    Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 23:33
  • Yes, I figured that would work out pretty easily, but there's no good way to indent the rest of the output, unfortunately.
    – Caleb Xu
    Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 23:51

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If anyone comes up at this question, this functionality is available via this plugin for iTerm2:

https://github.com/jaredculp/iterm2-borderless-padding

And from iTerm 3.1 on (currently in alpha), you can have it as an advanced option in height of top and bottom margins and width of left and right margins.

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  • This answer would be improved by describing the location of these preferences.
    – Chris Page
    Commented Jun 29, 2018 at 4:08
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Seems like an option, although involves some compile& build hassle http://hackr.it/articles/prettier-gutter-in-iterm-2/

i.e., you have to clone https://github.com/gnachman/iTerm2.git and then patch sources/PTYTextView.h

33c33
< #define MARGIN  5
---
> #define MARGIN  15
36c36
< #define VMARGIN 2
---
> #define VMARGIN 12

and then make it.

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  • Still easier changing two variables than meddling around with a bunch of messy pile of shell script. Thanks!
    – Caleb Xu
    Commented Feb 1, 2015 at 22:10
  • Still works for me. Only caveat is that in the current beta builds, the "cursor guide" (persistent line highlight) doesn't go full-bleed. cloudup.com/cD9Leds1Wof Commented Dec 26, 2015 at 3:26
  • Those defines now reside in iTermTextDrawingHelper.h Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 4:17
  • Just to provide an update, these defines no longer work. You can find margin settings in the Advanced section of the preferences.
    – Caleb Xu
    Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 23:37
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For anyone still with this issue like I was. On iterm:

  • Go to settings.
  • Click on Appearance tab

Play around with Side Margings and Top & Bottom Margins

screenshot

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  • Works well to remove the left margin but the one on the right of my window is still there. Any idea how to remove it?
    – lajarre
    Commented May 8 at 12:03

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