How to split in Byobu

By default, Byobu lets its terminal windows occupy all the available real estate. Sometimes, it is convenient to have two shell sessions in Byobu that are side-by-side. This is possible in Byobu by creating a vertical split or a horizontal split.

This splits the current window into two vertically or horizontally. In a vertical split, the current session is maintained in the left split, while a new shell session is opened in the right split. In a horizontal split, the current session is maintained in the top split, while a new session is opened in the bottom split.

The keyboard shortcuts for creating and switching between splits:

  • Ctrl + F2: Create a vertical split
  • Shift + F2: Create a horizontal split
  • Shift + F3 and Shift + F4: Switch forward and backward between the splits

Tried with: Byobu 5.17, Tmux 1.6 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

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