iTerm2: a terminal emulator for macOS that does amazing things.

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Cheat Sheet

The only bad thing about iTerm2 is that it's so seamless and intuitive that you quickly forget why you started using it - it just fades into the background.

iTerm2 supports a lot of nifty features, including:

  • Excellent themes
  • Hold ⌘ to make links clickable
  • Per-user & per-host sessions
  • Lots of fun little utilities
  • Better tmux / screen support
  • GPU-accelerated

Important: Unlike most packages, iTerm2 will be installed to /Applications.

How to make the best of iTerm2

Open Preferences with Cmd ⌘ + ,

- Appearance
  - Tabs
    - Preserve window size when tab bars shows or hides
- Profiles
  - General
    - Command
      - Custom Shell (see the Fish Cheat Sheet: <>)
    - Colors
      - Color Presets... (see theme recommendations below)
    - Text
      - Font (see the Nerd Fonts Cheat Sheet: <>)
      - Anti-Aliased
  - Terminal
    - Notifications
    - Check Silence bell
    - Uncheck Flash visual bell
  - Advanced
    - Automatic Profile Switch (see notes below)
- Advanced
  - (this is where you can reset prompts)

How to set up profile switching

I suggest using different profiles:

  • Default (no matching hosts)
  • Local (matching my local hostname)
  • Remote (matching app@ for VPSes and cloud environments)
  • Prod (matching specific app@hostnames for production systems)
  • Root (matching root@)

You need to "Install Shell Integration" on each host for profile switching to work.

"Install iTerm2 Shell Integrations"

"Enable iTerm2 Profile Switching"

Which themes are the best?

There are 216+ color schemes.

Here's my shortlist. I chose them because they are easy on the eyes and distinct.

Two-finger click "Save Link As" (or similar) to download.

If you're using fish (as you should be!), be sure to set your shell color theme to the same or similar:

fish_config colors


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