This is modified, alternative tabbed extension for well known urxvt-unicode terminal emulator
Possibility to add named tabs, through the X resources, which represents its class. Without any configuration only default shell class is available under default (
Shift+Down) shortcut. It might be disabled, and it will become "new style" shortcut -
Ctrl+Shift+N. See configuration section below.
Fast navigation to first ten tabs (if available) with shortcut
Ctrl+[num], where num can be 0 to 9.
CTRL+0will switch to tenth tab.
Numbers in tabs can be switched off in by setting resource:
Integrated activity indicator with additional features like colors and different characters instead of simply asterisk depending on time.
Integrated tab renaming from stepb. Default under
Shift+UP, then type some text and press
RETURNfor accept or
Copy tabbedalt into
Add these to your
! Perl extension config URxvt.perl-ext: tabbedalt
And that's it. On some systems, there might be a need to reload X resources:
$ xrdb ~/.Xdefaults
For quickinstall and run urxvt, tabbedalt can be installed using following command:
$ curl --create-dirs https://raw.githubusercontent.com/gryf/tabbedalt/master/tabbedalt -o ~/.urxvt/ext/tabbedalt $ urxvt -pe tabbedalt
or even without "installing" at all:
$ curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/gryf/tabbedalt/master/tabbedalt -o /tmp/tabbedalt $ URXVT_PERL_LIB=/tmp urxvt -pe tabbedalt
There are several additional things you can set contrary to the original tabbed extension.
You can disable
[NEW] button, just to save the space. Just add following
line to yours
You can change all of the colors regarding tabs appearance. Here are defaults:
URxvt.tabbedalt.tabbar-fg: 15 URxvt.tabbedalt.tabbar-bg: 8 URxvt.tabbedalt.tab-fg: 8 URxvt.tabbedalt.tab-bg: 0 URxvt.tabbedalt.active-fg: 1 URxvt.tabbedalt.actives-fg: 5 URxvt.tabbedalt.actived-fg: 4
Tabs can change colors depending on the activity of terminal under certain tab. Colors can be defined as described in section above. You can change the time for either group of activity:
The value can should be read as colon separated fields. In this case it would be read as:
- 16 with symbol
- 8 with symbol
- 4 with symbol
Numeric values means amount of seconds, on which three group of activity will be triggered. Those group are:
- Inactive for at least 16 seconds
- Inactive for at least 8 seconds
- Inactive for at least 4 seconds
Activity of the tab is always represented by asterisk sign (
You can change those values but bear in mind, that first group should have timeout in seconds set higher, than middle one. You can also change symbols for those groups.
You can turn off tab numbers and leave only name of the tab. Handy to save the space:
Creating custom classes
Let's assume, that one want to add three kind of custom shells:
- simple one (default shell in the system),
- midnight commander,
- root (namely - su command)
Three resources should be created in
URxvt.tabbedalt.tabcmds.1: N|shell URxvt.tabbedalt.tabcmds.2: R|root|su - URxvt.tabbedalt.tabcmds.3: M|mc|mc
Numbered attribute just after
URxvt.tabbedalt.tabcmds resource is an ordinal
number, started from 1. There shouldn't be gaps between numbers, otherwise
custom shells defined after a gap will not work.
Resource values are pipe separated values, which are in order:
- shortcut key, which will be used for invoking custom shell together with CTRL+SHIFT keys.
Note: There is limitation for characters used as a shortcut. Because some of them are used for control terminal itself (i.e. CTRL+SHIFT+D may not work), and also other characters (digits, some special characters etc.). Letters are case insensitive.
- name of the tab, it could be anything but the pipe.
- optional command. If omitted, default shell will be launched.
By default, there is default shortcut available for creating standard shell
(like the shell class from example above) under
Shift+Down. It might be
however disabled by setting:
and from now on, default
Ctrl+Shift+N shortcut will be available for
creating new shell, if there is no existing mapping for this shortcut. You can
override the mapping for something different, getting above example, we will
override first class, which reside under shortcut
But beware, from now on, you'll be unable to create simple shell tabs, unless you explicitly create class for a shell, so the full changed example will looks like:
URxvt.tabbedalt.tabcmds.1: N|rss|newsboat URxvt.tabbedalt.tabcmds.2: R|root|su - URxvt.tabbedalt.tabcmds.3: M|mc|mc URxvt.tabbedalt.tabcmds.4: S|shell
There is possibility to tell tabbedalt which tabs should be auto started during
first window launch. First, you'll need to have some custom tab commands.
Let's assume, that there are already defined three custom shells, like in
section above. If one wanted to start shell, mc and root session, following
line should be placed in
On runtime, tabs can be renamed using
SHIFT+UP - now you can type name for
Return accept change,
ESC cancels it. This feature was taken
from stepb tabbedx repository.