Ubuntu – Set title for each terminal tab in gnome-terminal using a bash script

16.04bashcommand linegnome-terminal

I'm using Ubuntu 16.04

I want to open multiple terminal tabs, run commands and set title. I can open multiple tabs with this command:

gnome-terminal --tab -e "command1" --tab -e "command2"

but cannot use --title option as it is not available in this version.

I know mate-terminal can do this, but I want to use gnome-terminal.

I've applied solution posted here and it worked but when i run

gnome-terminal --tab -e "bash -c 'set-title 99;ping'"

It shows:

bash: set-title: command not found
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=128 time=0.425 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=128 time=0.353 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=128 time=0.335 ms

I also applied the solution suggested here on Unix & Linux SE

I've also read this post setting-terminal-tab-titles but the accepted answer did not solve my issue in 16.04 os or gnome-terminal version 3.18.3 and other solution provides to use other terminal xterm and I want to use gnome-terminal.

Best Answer

If you want to use a function stored in ~/.bashrc then source that file in your command:

gnome-terminal --tab -e "bash -c 'source ~/.bashrc;set-title 99;ping'"

You've mentioned in the comments that you plan to use this in a shell script and with multiple gnome-terminal tabs. As a proof of concept, you can use the following script as example:

gnome-terminal --tab -e "bash -c 'printf \"\033]0;TEST1\007\"; sleep 7'" \
               --tab -e "bash -c 'printf \"\033]0;TEST2\007\"; ping -c 4'" \

Instead of bash function, this uses printf and escape sequences directly. Please be mindful of the backslashes.