How can I move tmux's status bar to the top? Can't find it on the man page.

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Add set-option -g status-position top to ~/.tmux.conf. (See @ChrisJohnsen's comment above)

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    FYI - if you're using byobu (which in turn uses tmux) then edit ~/.byobu/.tmux.confif it exists
    – STW
    Mar 27, 2015 at 17:32
  • I had to use set-window-option instead of set-option for it to work Jun 14, 2018 at 7:16

The feature request Michael Mrozek mentioned has been closed with the feature being available in the next release (1.7). The request says you can test it out now by building from SVN. If you use Homebrew on Mac OS X you could (theoretically) just do brew upgrade --HEAD tmux. Unfortunately I upgrade to Xcode 4.3 which seems to be missing autoconf/automake.

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    This is how it would look in ~/.tmux.conf: set-option -g status-position top (the default is bottom). Mar 6, 2012 at 7:33

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