Ubuntu: Can I use mouse click to focus on Byobu splits?


I know Byobu is a terminal multiplexer and mouse is not a priority, but I still would like to know if there is a way to focus on a split using mouse click instead of keyboard shortcuts.

In negative case, it certainly would be a great feature.


Yes, this is very much possible.

You simply need to turn on mouse support in your ~/.byobu/.tmux.conf configuration.

Add the following:

set -g mouse-select-pane on  set -g mouse-select-window on  set -g mouse-resize-pane on  set -g mouse-utf8 on  

This will allow you to:

  • select a split by clicking in it
  • select a window by clicking on it in your status bar
  • resize a split by grabbing the border and dragging

However, you may now find it difficult to use your mouse to click on some text, and highlight (select) it. To do this, you'll now need to use either Shift-LeftClick or Ctrl-LeftClick.

Full disclosure: I am the author and maintainer of Byobu.


In Ubuntu 16.04 this solution no longer works. It seems that config has changed in tmux new version (from tmux 2.1 and up).

Now you must copy (append) the following in your ~/.byobu/.tmux.conf file:

set -g mouse on  set -g mouse-utf8 on  

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