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Screen is a full-screen window manager that multiplexes a physical terminal between several processes, typically interactive shells. Each virtual terminal provides the functions of the DEC VT100 terminal and, in addition, several control functions from the ANSI X3.64 (ISO 6429) and ISO 2022 standards (e.g., insert/delete line and support for multiple character sets).

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  29 Apr 2014 14:53

    Release Notes: This is a major new release of GNU Screen which incorporates many important features and bugfixes since the last version. It features layouts, window groups, better mouse support, vertical splits, and new and expanded commands.

    •  10 Oct 2008 14:56

      Release Notes: The zombie command now has a new option, "onerror". A buffer overflow in resize.c has been fixed. Startup has been made more robust. Minor documentation updates have been added.

      •  14 Jan 2004 15:34

        Release Notes: This version fixes a possible security hole in the VT100 interpreter that was reported for 4.0.1.

        •  01 Oct 2003 23:33

          Release Notes: This release has a screen blanker, zmodem support, and an option to sort the window list by most recently used. Several sections have been rewritten, and several bugs fixed.

          •  23 Oct 2002 14:36

            Release Notes: This is a maintenance release, which means only two new features but many bugfixes. altscreen support was added. The limit for the number of windows can now be set via the new maxwin command.

            Recent comments

            07 May 2008 08:38 wattafunnyname

            screen - you can only love it!
            This is one of the most useful tools ever. How can anybody rate it less than 10???

            i like to combine it with dvtm, a console wm.

            12 Jan 2008 14:47 dagobert

            Re: Reference page about screen
            New url for this site:


            19 Jan 2007 13:20 akhill

            Re: Fix for backspace problem on some systems
            I had this problem running screen on FBSD, whilst logged in over ssh from a Linux box running X. The line:

            *VT100*backarrowKey: 1

            in .Xdefaults solved the problem.

            18 Mar 2004 14:48 goosequill

            Screen: The Serious Window Manager
            If you love this geek stuff, you will probably find yourself leaving something like
            Windows for something like Unix, GUIs for the command line, graphical editors for emacs
            or vi, and finally -- the X server for console mode. When you get down here in the
            black aether with the grunting codeheads (like me) I recommend you try Screen. The more
            you use it, the more amazing it is. (Screen addicts will know the joys of detaching and
            juggling multiple screen sessions.) Start out with a text-browser, editor, shell and su
            in your .screenrc and discover the dark burn of console fonts glimmering in virtual
            console-space. Once you get used to it down here, you'll never go back to high-density
            pixels. (You can try to go back but they'll make your eyes hurt.)
            --Kaspar Hauser

            14 Jan 2004 17:25 claudine

            Re: Reference page about screen

            > This page :
            > is quite interesting.

            New url for this site:


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