By default, tmux sets the current pane title as the active command (ex:vim), even if allow-rename is off.

I want to change it to current folder name (basename $PWD).

Note that I do not want to dynamically change window name, since I sometimes use rename-window to set a custom name. In this case, the custom window name must persist.

  • Please clarify - when/how often do you want to change the pane title to the current folder name? Only when you specifically request it (with a shortcut/key-binding/command)? Or automatically, every time you cd?
    – JigglyNaga
    Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 11:25
  • Both. Every time I cd in a new dir, unless I had changed manually before. Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 21:00
  • I thought it was the window name you wanted to change manually? The window name and pane title can be set independently of each other, using different escape sequences - see the Names and Titles section of the manual.
    – JigglyNaga
    Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 21:10
  • I think this is what you are trying to do: Auto-update tmux status bar with active pane pwd
    – casonadams
    Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 6:07

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I do this by setting the title using an echo command and having it executed in the PROMPT_COMMAND environment variable. This comes up as a common question in other environments. Here's really good information on it.

Set dynamic window title based on command input

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