I am using GNOME Terminal 2.7.3 and zsh 4.3.9 (x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu)

Home and End are not working. Nothing happens and nothing gets displayed when I press them. but they work when I press shift + Home (Scrolls to the beginning of shell output.) and also work in other GUI programs. I googled and tried the following. No change :(

  885  bindkey "\e[1~" beginning-of-line
  886  bindkey "\e[H" beginning-of-line
  887  bindkey "\e1~" beginning-of-line
  888  bindkey "\eH" beginning-of-line
  889  bindkey "\e[0H" beginning-of-line

PS: When I am in the last tab and press Ctrl + pagedown I get ;5~ printed on the screen. Does that give any clue?

  • Do you have a .inputrc in your home directory? Does this happen with a freshly created user? Did this always happen, or did it start one day?
    – bahamat
    Sep 8, 2011 at 14:46
  • No I don't have .inputrc. I don't permission to create new user. This was always like that. I'am living with ctrl +a and ctrl+e.
    – balki
    Sep 8, 2011 at 14:56
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    I guess in that case I won't suggest ctrl+a & ctrl+e ;-)
    – bahamat
    Sep 8, 2011 at 14:59

5 Answers 5


Escape sequences sent by function and cursor keys consist of an escape character followed by printable characters. Press Ctrl+V then Home. This will insert the escape sequence literally. Then add a bindkey instruction to your ~/.zshrc.

The instruction is likely to be (note O, not 0):

bindkey '\e[OH' beginning-of-line
bindkey '\e[OF' end-of-line
  • nothing gets printed when I press Ctrl then Home. Nothing happens. Tried changing 0 to O as well.
    – balki
    Sep 9, 2011 at 14:07
  • @balki It's Ctrl+V, not Ctrl. I just realized there was a formatting problem in my answer. May 12, 2017 at 0:15
  • Thanks! :) I am now used to ctrl + a and ctrl +e and vi mode
    – balki
    May 12, 2017 at 0:27

I found I had to hit CTRL-v, let go, then the Home or End key to get the sequences ^[[H and ^[[F for Home and End respectively. Adding the following lines to the .zshrc file solved the problem for me:

bindkey '^[[H' beginning-of-line
bindkey '^[[F' end-of-line
  • I had this problem but only in IRB ruby shells, not in ZSH shells. To fix, I added "\e[H":beginning-of-line and "\e[F":end-of-line lines to ~/.inputrc
    – stwr667
    Mar 10, 2022 at 6:37

Add these lines to /etc/zshrc and then do a source /etc/zshrc (taken from here)

bindkey '\e[1~'   beginning-of-line  # Linux console
bindkey '\e[H'    beginning-of-line  # xterm
bindkey '\eOH'    beginning-of-line  # gnome-terminal
bindkey '\e[2~'   overwrite-mode     # Linux console, xterm, gnome-terminal
bindkey '\e[3~'   delete-char        # Linux console, xterm, gnome-terminal
bindkey '\e[4~'   end-of-line        # Linux console
bindkey '\e[F'    end-of-line        # xterm
bindkey '\eOF'    end-of-line        # gnome-terminal
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    This worked for me where the accepted answer did not. Aug 13, 2022 at 3:05
  • @WadeWilliams welcome to stack exchange Oct 9, 2022 at 15:18

I'm on fedora now yet I suggest you to read Archlinux's wiki carefully, all of it: Home and End keys not working.

What I did to fix it:

  1. Press Ctrl-V Home, the escaped sequence for Home key is printed. It is not \e[4~ and \e[1~ as I expected to be by looking at /etc/inputrc. It was [H and [F

  2. Extract the terminal info infocmp $TERM >terminfo.src

  3. Open that file for editing, such as vim terminfo.src, look for khome and kend it's assigned to something, let's say khome=\E[1~ and kend=\E[4~ which is not working in this case. remove it and replace it with the sequence you found in step #1, so for me, after editing it was: khome=\E[H and kend=\E[F.

  4. If you want to play it safe make sure [F and [H (or whatever sequence you just used) is not assigned to something else or things will be messed up!

  5. run tic terminfo.src which creates ~/.terminfo directory.

  6. On top of .zshrc before any and all other commands, put: export TERMINFO=~/.terminfo

Open a new terminal window and you should be fine, home and end must be working now.

P.S: The bindkey method should theoretically work and is easier, but it didn't for me.

  • Also tested in CentOS + bash - works! Thank you :) Mar 6, 2020 at 10:11
  • +1: it was mentioned in the link, but i was unaware that if doing ctrl-v gave me ^[[H that you should replace the ^[ with \e to get \e[H Sep 17, 2020 at 19:45
  • So now it wont work in terminals that properly emulate xterm? Or does he have a broken terminfo? Apr 14, 2021 at 14:25

This answer explained my problem really good and fixed it.


TL;DR: Change your PuTTY terminal type from default xterm to linux.

Maybe someone can use it too.

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