Rename Terminal Tabs in Mac OS X

Jul 20, 2012 - 4 Comments

Rename Terminal Tabs

Having a bunch of Terminal tabs named “bash” “bash” and “bash” isn’t too useful, instead you can rename each tab individually to something more specific by using the Terminal inspector. Before doing so, keep in mind that tabs default to rename themselves automatically based on the currently running process.

From any multi-tabbed Terminal window, just hit Shift+Command+i, or pull down the “Shell” menu and select “Edit Title”, from here you can either rename the tab name, or even the Terminal window itself.

Name tabs by location, category, purpose, usage, whatever you go with will be easier to identify than the defaults.

Thanks for the quick tip AJ

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Posted by: William Pearson in Command Line, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Tzunamii says:

    Here’s a quicker way to do it once you have added it into your ~/.bashrc

    # Set the title of the terminal window
    # Usage: settitle
    function settitle() {

    echo -e “33]0;$107″

  2. D says:

    This is a pretty useless feature. Once you run a command on the window the name reverts.

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