Change the window title of your xterm

echo "^[]0;My_Title_Goes _Here^G"
If you are using an xterm emulation capable terminal emulator, such as PuTTY or xterm on Linux desktop, this command will replace the title of that terminal window. I know it is not nice to have seventeen terminals on your desktop with title PuTTY, you can not tell which one is connected to which server and doing what. Even though the string between the quotes is typed as literals, it needs a little more finesse to make it work. Here is how it is done key-by-key: echo "( ctrl-v then ctrl-[ )0;Enter_Title_String_Here( ctrl-v then ctrl-g )"( enter ) ctrl-v : means hold down ctrl key and hit v at the same time like you are pasting in windoze ; also please don't type the parentheses, i.e., ( and )

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By: TheNomad
2009-02-17 20:46:06

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  • Found another way, more compatible. Tested with xterm, aterm, gnome-terminal and rxvt (where it sets the window title) and guake (where it doesn't - after all, guake does not show the window title).


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    Patola · 2009-10-05 15:39:45 0
  • above line in .bash_profile will give you window title in putty or terminal client when you login to your remote server


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    echo -ne "\033]0;${USER}@${HOSTNAME}: ${PWD}\007"
    stinger · 2009-02-19 14:15:31 0
  • By adding this to your bashrc, when SSH'ing to a server while screen is active it will change the window tittle to the name of the server you going to. Show Sample Output


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    ssh() { [ $TERM == screen ] && (screen -X title "${1##*@}"; command ssh "$@"; screen -X title '';exit;) || command ssh "$@"; }
    djkadu · 2013-06-03 12:31:05 0
  • I usually have 5 or more ssh connections to various servers, and putting this command in my .bash_profile file makes my putty window or x terminal window title change to this easily recognizable and descriptive text. Includes the username, group, server hostname, where I am connecting from (for SSH tunneling), which device pts, current server load, and how many processes are running. You can also use this for your PROMPT_COMMAND variable, which updates the window title to the current values each time you exec a command. I prefix running this in my .bash_profile with [[ ! -z "$SSH_TTY" ]] && which makes sure it only does this when connecting via SSH with a TTY. Here's some rougher examples from http://www.askapache.com/linux-unix/bash_profile-functions-advanced-shell.html # If set, the value is executed as a command prior to issuing each primary prompt. #H=$((hostname || uname -n) 2>/dev/null | sed 1q);W=$(whoami) #export PROMPT_COMMAND='echo -ne "\033]0;${W}@${H}:${PWD/#$HOME/~} ${SSH_TTY/\/dev\//} [`uptime|sed -e "s/.*: \([^,]*\).*/\1/" -e "s/ //g"`]\007"' #PROMPT_COMMAND='echo -ne "\033]0;`id -un`:`id -gn`@`hostname||uname -n 2>/dev/null|sed 1q` `command who -m|sed -e "s%^.* \(pts/[0-9]*\).*(\(.*\))%[\1] (\2)%g"` [`uptime|sed -e "s/.*: \([^,]*\).*/\1/" -e "s/ //g"` / `command ps aux|wc -l`]\007"' #[[ -z "$SSH_TTY" ]] || export PROMPT_COMMAND #[[ -z "$SSH_TTY" ]] && [[ -f /dev/stdout ]] && SSH_TTY=/dev/stdout And here's a simple function example for setting the title: function set_window_title(){ echo -e "\033]0; ${1:-$USER@$HOST - $SHLVL} \007"; } Show Sample Output


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    echo -ne "\033]0;`id -un`:`id -gn`@`hostname||uname -n|sed 1q` `who -m|sed -e "s%^.* \(pts/[0-9]*\).*(\(.*\))%[\1] (\2)%g"` [`uptime|sed -e "s/.*: \([^,]*\).*/\1/" -e "s/ //g"` / `ps aux|wc -l`]\007"
    AskApache · 2009-09-19 06:57:53 1

What Others Think

I followed directions and it didn't work for me.
skinp · 487 weeks and 5 days ago
I followed directions and it didn't work for me.
skinp · 487 weeks and 5 days ago
Sorry for repost, was loading during long... I got it working, you just forgot to add the "]" in your key by key command. Great tip
skinp · 487 weeks and 5 days ago

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