Move pane to a new window in tmux


I know that it's possible in tmux to join a window as a pane, but is it possible to move a pane to it's own window (tab)? I tried searching it up the man page but couldn't find it. I guess it is possible doing it through a shell script, but is there some other, more elegant way?

Best Answer

Relevant tmux Commands

  • join-pane -s
  • join-pane -t
  • break-pane


You could add the following bindings to your ~/.tmux.conf:

## Join windows: <prefix> s, <prefix> j
bind-key j command-prompt -p "join pane from:"  "join-pane -s '%%'"
bind-key s command-prompt -p "send pane to:"  "join-pane -t '%%'"

The above can move panes between existing windows.

For breaking a pane to a new window, use break-pane (which can also be bound).

Alterative Use

All three commands can be used from the tmux's prompt like: <prefix>+: then break-pane
Or at the shell's prompt (inside tmux) with: tmux break-pane.

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