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How to Install Tmux from Source (Non-Root User)

Written by Santosh Prasad

Tmux is a terminal multiplexer. Terminal multiplexer allow you to switch easily between several programs in one terminal, you can detach them (keep running in the background) and reattach them again to a different terminal.

In this article I will show how you can install tmux from source on non-root user.

Install Tmux from Source (Non-Root User)

Follow the below steps to install tmux from source on non-root user.

Step #1 : Install Libevent

If libevent package is not installed on your system. Follow the below command to download and install libevent from its official website and configure and install.

$ wget
$ tar xvf libevent-2.0.22-stable.tar.gz
$ cd libevent-2.0.22-stable
$ ./configure --prefix=$HOME
$ make # use make -j 8 to speed it up if your machine is capable
$ make install
In above command I have no root access to this system that’s why I have set the installation prefix to be my home directory.

Step #2 : Install Tmux

Now after installing libevent package on your system lets install tmux source tarball from its official website.

$ wget
$ tar xvf tmux-2.2
$ ./configure --prefix=$HOME CFLAGS="-I$HOME/include" LDFLAGS="-L$HOME/lib"
$ make
$ make install

In above command I have set the installation prefix to my home directory and also mentioned gcc where to find the libevent headers and libraries using the CCFLAGS and LDFLAGS.

Step #3 : $PATH Setup

tmux binary has been installed on $HOME/bin, so we need to tweak the $PATH variable a bit so that bash will find the binary before the system one.

$ export PATH=$HOME/bin:$PATH

You can also put the above line in your .bashrc file.

Step #4 : Testing

Now you can use tmux, run the below command to check the tmux running version.

$ tmux -V
tmux 2.2
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Santosh Prasad

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