I am trying set the color for Tmux active and inactive window. However it seems like these options are not available in tmux 1.8. is there any alternative


set-option -g default-terminal "screen-256color"
# Pane colours
# set active-inactive window styles
set -g window-style 'fg=colour247,bg=colour236'
set -g window-active-style 'fg=default,bg=colour234'

# Pane border
set -g pane-border-bg default
set -g pane-border-fg colour238

# Active pane border
set -g pane-active-border-bg default
set -g pane-active-border-fg blue


 tmux source-file ~/.tmux.conf
/home/[email protected]/.tmux.conf:6: unknown option: window-style
/home/[email protected]/.tmux.conf:7: unknown option: window-active-style
  • Sorry no solution for this in the old version. But it's rather simple to compile new version of tmux. Even if you are using a machine where you don't have admin rights, you can compile it in your home folder run it from there.
    – Cenkoloji
    Apr 5, 2022 at 8:10

1 Answer 1


No, support for this feature was not added until tmux 2.1.

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