Create side and top bars in tmux easily, along with a "devour" style command.
Create side and top bars in tmux easily, along with a “devour” style command.
You can see a larger version of the demo with the included MKV file.
These three scripts (called
TDAB for short) will create side or top bars
(or a “devour” style new pane) that run a command inside tmux. See the image
above to get an idea of what this means.
The name is a play on “A blank walks into a bar”, because puns.
This project is licensed under the MIT License. For the full license, see
These scripts will probably work in other shells, but I don’t know for sure.
Clone or download the repository. Put the scripts (or symlinks to the scripts)
$PATH. (In the example above, I’ve symlinked them to
If you wish to change the width or height of the sidebar/topbar, you will need to edit this line:
tmux resize-pane -t "$c_pane" -R 30
which actually resizes the larger pane from the center line. My screen that I used for the demo is 194 columns wide, so when it’s first split, it’s 97/96 columns wide, then resizes it to the right an additional 30 columns so that I end up with a 127/67 split. The same thing goes for the topbar, except it resizes upward (-U). Adjust so that they work for your terminal size.
SCRIPTNAME [program to run]
tmux-sidebar.sh man man will show you the man page for man in
If you run the scripts outside of tmux, it will just run the command.
Launch a process in a new pane, zoom the pane, kill the pane when done.
Create a sidebar (e.g. for reading manpages) and kill when done.
Create a vertical split and kill when done.
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