Resize a Terminal Window

printf "\e[8;70;180;t"
Replace 70 with the desired height. Replace 180 with the desired width. I put it in my bashrc, because by default my terminal is too small.

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By: jearsh
2010-01-07 05:58:16

What Others Think

Neat. :) Under MacOS using Terminal, if you set the height and width to absurdly huge values, this will perfectly fullscreen the Terminal window.
ianh · 454 weeks and 6 days ago
Nice. Of course if you're using gnome-terminal, then there's no need: change the shortcut to run: gnome-terminal --maximize gnome-terminal --full-screen
flatcap · 454 weeks and 6 days ago
Doesn't work in PuTTY on Windows ;oP If you know what size you want to make your xterm (e.g. the 70 & 180) you can start a larger xterm with: xterm -geometry 70x180 (or use -geo for geometry) and place it in the right place on screen with: xterm -geo 70x180+5+10
JohnGH · 454 weeks and 6 days ago
This is typically something I've done by editing /usr/share/vte/termcap/xterm, but that tends to get reset a lot on upgrades. This is good because I can just add it to my .bashrc, which has the added benefit of surviving full reinstalls and new machines (I sync my .bashrc around). Nice :)
jdob · 454 weeks and 4 days ago
Good to know... gnome-terminal will let you say: resize -s 70 180
jimi · 453 weeks and 6 days ago
It would be a lot better to do this with tput(1) -- assuming you have the one from ncurses, at least -- rather than hard-coding the control sequences like that.
SamB · 411 weeks and 1 day ago

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