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Using tmux Sessions, Windows, Panes and Vim Buffers Together

nickjj profile image Nick Janetakis Originally published at nickjanetakis.com ・2 min read

*This article was originally posted on June 18th, 2019 at: https://nickjanetakis.com/blog/using-tmux-sessions-windows-panes-and-vim-buffers-together

Now that I've been using Vim for a few months, I figured it would be a good time to share my day to day work flow on how I’m using it with tmux (something I've been using for years).

While figuring all of this out, I occasionally struggled between choosing to launch multiple terminal applications, tmux sessions, windows, split panes, Vim buffers and / or tabs. This is what I came up with in the end, and it’s been working great so far.

As a freelance developer, open source enthusiast and someone who likes hacking on my own projects, it’s no surprise that I have a lot of active projects.

This 10 minute video shows how I manage all of these projects on the command line.

Demo Video Showing How It Works

Timestamped Table of Contents

  • 1:14 – Listing out a few tmux sessions
  • 1:43 – Having 1 tmux session per project
  • 2:22 – Attaching to a specific session
  • 2:33 – Splitting individual files with Vim buffers
  • 3:35 – Using tmux windows for separating Vim from your web server
  • 3:47 – Splitting a window in half with tmux panes
  • 4:01 – Using tabs in Vim to split up your buffers into groups
  • 5:32 – Leveraging a second tmux window for running other processes
  • 6:21 – Zooming in and out of a specific pane with tmux
  • 6:53 – Recapping the workflow for developing and deploying my blog
  • 8:03 – Switching between different projects / sessions is where tmux shines
  • 9:43 – Persist, save and restore sessions with tmux-resurrect

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What's your favorite tmux / Vim workflow? Let me know below!

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Nick Janetakis


I'm a full stack web developer who has been freelancing for the last 20 years. I write about everything from development to production and also have video courses on my site!


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