Reattach to tmux sessions
March 30, 2020 ‐ 2 min read
When you detached from tmux and want to reattach to it again you use the
tmux attach command. Without any argument this command reattaches tmux session that was the latest one to be detached.
$ tmux attach
attach is a shorthand actually for
attach-session, but both do the same thing so you can use them interchangeably.
When attaching to the latest detached session isn't enough you need to specify a target session to attach to. For this you need to know the session name. The session name is either a number that tmux automatically assigned to it or the name you gave with when creating the session with
tmux new -s <session>
If you don't know the session ID you can find a session by listing all the sessions with the
tmux list-sessions command.
$ tmux list-sessions first_project: 4 windows (created Wed Mar 4 18:17:14 2020) second_project: 2 windows (created Wed Mar 4 19:00:55 2020)
Now, to reattach to the session called
first_project use the
attach command with the
$ tmux attach -t first_project
Attaching to a session while you're in tmux doesn't work. If you try it you will see the following error message:
sessions should be nested with care, unset $TMUX to force. Inside of tmux you can switch between sessions with
tmux choose-tree for example.