I have been using Byobu for some time now and really enjoying it. But now thinking of moving back to tmux. The reason is given in the later half of the question. First of all, the question:

The Question

How can I get the keybindings of Byobu in tmux standalone. I really like the key-bindings of Byobu. Is their some file in byobu from where I can directly copy the key-bindings and paste into my tmux.conf file to be used.

The Reason of moving from byobu to tmux

The problem is that the tmux-resurrect plugin does not play cool with byobu. When I use the tmux-resurrect plugin to restore my tmux session after restart, it is messed up inside byobu.

The issue is posted here: https://github.com/tmux-plugins/tmux-resurrect/issues/61

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I'm the author and maintainer of Byobu. While I don't know anything about tmux-resurrect, I can point you to the sets of Byobu keybindings, which you can find in:

  • /usr/share/byobu/keybindings/f-keys.tmux

Most of Byobu's keybindings should work just fine in Tmux-without-Byobu. However, there are a few that depend on some Byobu helper scripts. You can find those by running:

grep BYOBU /usr/share/byobu/keybindings/f-keys.tmux

And see if any of those are important to you...

  • Oh. Wow. Thanks. That is really helpful. I will look at it and in case none of the scripts is important, I guess I will just manually bind the keys.
    – shivams
    Jan 26, 2015 at 18:41

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