Multitask in Linux Terminal using Screen Software Program
Looking on how to multitask in Linux terminal? Today we will show how you can use the Screen software program to multitask in Linux Terminal.
Screen is a full-screen software program that can be used to multiplexes a physical console between several processes. It offers a user to open several separate terminal instances inside a one single terminal window manager.
The screen application is very useful if you are dealing with multiple programs from a command line interface and for separating programs from the terminal shell. It also allows you to share your sessions with other users and detach/attach terminal sessions.
(On Debian based Systems)
sudo apt-get install screen
(On RedHat based Systems)
sudo yum install screen
Run screen command in terminal
It will open a fresh screen instance.
Type “Ctrl-a” and “?” without quotes. Then you will see all commands or parameters on screen.
To get out of the help menu you can press Space or Return.
Note: all shortcuts which use “Ctrl-A” is done without quotes and space.
Start Screen with session name
screen -S sessionname
Detach from Screen Session
Press Ctrl+a d
List Current Screen Sessions
Note: Attached Sessions means that they are currently opened in any of the terminal session and detached sessions mean they aren’t open in any of the terminal session.
Attach existing Screen Session
screen -r sessionname
Attach any already attached Screen Session
screen -x sessioname
Move to next Screen Session
Press Ctrl+a n
Move to the previous Screen Session
Press Ctrl+a p
Create a new Screen Session within any Screen Session
Press Ctrl+a c
Now you can start using the Screen utility and create multiple screen windows from a single session, navigate between windows, detach and resume screen sessions