Ubuntu – How to get byobu to launch tmux instead of screen


The latest versions of byobu should apparently be configurable to run tmux instead of screen, but I haven't been able to.
Advice appreciated

Best Answer

Byobu 5.x has excellent support for tmux. New installations of Byobu 5.x and above will default to using tmux as the backend. Upgrades from older versions, however, will not automatically make that switch.

Still, you can manually run byobu with tmux by typing byobu-tmux. Similarly, you can manually choose to run with the screen backend by typing byobu-screen.

Running byobu will launch with your selected default backend. You can choose between tmux and screen by running byobu-select-backend.

kirkland@ubuntu:~$ byobu-select-backend 

Select the byobu backend:
  1. tmux
  2. screen

Choose 1-2 [1]: 1