iTerm2 is a terminal emulator for OS X that does amazing things

iTerm2 for Mac

iTerm2 for Mac

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  • Latest Version

    iTerm2 3.5.0 LATEST

  • Review by

    Daniel Leblanc

  • Operating System

    macOS 10.14 Mojave or later

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iTerm2 for Mac is a fork of the older project. iTerm is a Terminal replacement and the successor of iTerm. It focuses on speed, internationalization, and building new features to improve your life. Divide a tab up into multiple panes, each one of which shows a different session. You can slice vertically and horizontally and create any number of panes in any imaginable arrangement. iTerm2 for macOS has a lot of features. Every conceivable desire a terminal user might have has been foreseen and solved. And these are just the main attractions!

Split Panes
Divide a tab up into multiple panes, each one showing a different session. You can slice vertically and horizontally and create any number of panes in any imaginable arrangement.

Hotkey Window
Register a hotkey that brings iTerm app to the foreground when you're in another application. A terminal is always a keypress away. You can choose to have the hotkey open a dedicated window. This gives you an always-available terminal (like Visor, Guake, or Yakuake) at your fingertips.

The app comes with a robust find-on-page feature. The UI stays out of the way. All matches are immediately highlighted. Even regular expression support is offered!

Just type the start of any word that has ever appeared in your window and then Cmd-; will pop open a window with suggestions. The word you're looking for is usually on top of the list!

Mouseless Copy
Use the Find feature to begin searching for text. Press tab to expand the selection to the right or shift-tab to expand the selection to the left. Option-enter pastes the current match.

Paste History
Paste history lets you revisit recently copied or pasted text. You can even opt to have the history saved to disk so it will never be lost.

Instant Replay
Instant replay lets you travel back in time. It's like TiVo for your terminal!

Map any key to any function. Assign separate functions to each option key--or even remap all the modifier keys. You can customize iTerm2's appearance to suit your needs: enable transparency, background blur, background images, and much more.

Coming from a Unix world? You'll feel at home with focus follows the mouse, copy on select, middle button paste, and keyboard shortcuts to avoid mousing.

256 Colors (or more!)
With 256-color mode, Vim explodes with photorealism: the terminal is a medley of color and code comes alive. In version 3, 24-bit color is supported.

Do you lose your cursor when there are lots of different colors or have programs display hard-to-read color combinations? With the Smart Cursor Color and Minimum Contrast features, you can ensure that these problems are gone for good.

Mouse Reporting
You can use the mouse to position the cursor, highlight text, and perform other functions in programs like Vim and Emacs with the mouse reporting feature.

Growl Support
You can choose to receive Growl notifications of activity, bells, and more. Feel free to let a long job run in the background, secure in the knowledge that you'll know when it's done.

Exposé Tab
Like macOS's Exposé feature, the program shows all your tabs on one screen. Better yet, you can search through them all at once. Go ahead and open as many tabs as you want--you can always find what you're looking for.

Tagged Profiles
Do you need to store separate configurations for many different hosts? The tool provides a taggable and searchable profiles database so you can easily find the profile you're looking for.

The app features excellent internationalization support, including support for Unicode combining marks, double-width characters, and all Unicode planes.

The app supports user-defined triggers, which are actions that run when text matching a regular expression is received. You can use it to highlight words, automatically respond to prompts, notify you when something important happens, and more.

Smart Selection
iTerm 2 can perform "smart selection" to highlight URLs, email addresses, filenames, and more by recognizing what is under the cursor and choosing how much text to select.

Note: Requires 64-bit processor.

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What's new in this version:

 - If you use shell integration and the output of a command goes past the top of the screen, the
 command will be shown at the top.
 - A new menu item, Edit > Find > Filter, lets you hide lines not matching a substring or regular
 expression. This is useful for analyzing logs.
 - You can click a command to select it. Search, Filter, and Select All will then be restricted
 to the selected command. You can disable this feature in Settings > General > Selection.
 - Add support for separate light/dark mode colors.
 - Using OpenAI's ChatGPT API, iTerm2 can now write commands for you, interpret the output of
 commands, and guide you towards a goal. See the AI section below for details.
 - Add "Render Selection", which replaces a chunk of selected text with a natively rendered view.
 For example, JSON gets pretty-printed and syntax highlighted. Rendered selections have the option
 of scrolling horizontally to make navigating logs easier. They are searchable. Over 150
 different languages are supported for syntax highlighting. Markdown gets special treatment
 and displays its rendered format.
 - The password manager can now use LastPass or 1Password rather than the keychain. Use the (⋯)
 menu next to the search field to configure it.
 There are some new experimental features. There are not fully baked, but feedback on them is
 - There is a nascent SSH integration feature available for testing. You can try it by setting
 a profile's command to SSH. The integration lets you export environment variables and copy files
 to the remote host. If Python 3.7 or later is available on the remote host, various features
 such as the Jobs status bar and toolbar components will reflect data from the remote
 rather than the local.
 - Add an experimental "auto composer" feature that replaces the command line with a native control.
 This is still a work in progress.