I am a newbie of Tmux and I am now configuring the status bar in Tmux. I want my tmux status bar can show the current Conda environment like Powerlevel10K. I tried set -g status-right "conda: #{CONDA_DEFAULT_ENV} | %a %h-%d %H:%M " but it failed. The tmux status bar shows nothing in the name of current conda env. So the current right bottom corner of my tmux is like

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but what I actually want is something like

conda: base | Wed Sep-06 23:18
  • Is the # sign intended or should it be $?
    – doneal24
    Commented Sep 6, 2023 at 18:27
  • You are right, if I want to return the current conda env, what I should do is #{echo $CONDA_DEFALUT_ENV}, though this method does not work. After spending several hours I finally come up with the solution and I will post it later
    – Ricky Pang
    Commented Sep 7, 2023 at 4:20

1 Answer 1


Resolution of TMUX showing/updating conda environment

Finally I came up with the solution of showing or updating conda environment in the Tmux status bar. I have tried to use

set -g status-right "conda: #(echo $CONDA_DEFAULT_ENV) 

but it doesn't work. It seems that Tmux does not know the $CONDA_DEFAULT_ENV. I have try similar method on $PATH and it works fine. Finally, I asked GPT4 to how to correctly show conda env name and it suggests to add following code in ~/.zshrc

# Update TMUX environment variable
# Add conda.sh to PATH
source /opt/homebrew/Caskroom/miniforge/base/etc/profile.d/conda.sh

# Update TMUX_CONDA_ENV every time a new prompt is generated
precmd() {
  if [[ -n $TMUX && -n $CONDA_DEFAULT_ENV ]]; then
    tmux setenv -g TMUX_CONDA_ENV "$CONDA_DEFAULT_ENV"
    tmux setenv -gu TMUX_CONDA_ENV

The following is GPT4 explanation on the code snippet

We might need to take a different approach. Let's try using the 

PROMPT_COMMAND environment variable, which holds a command to be executed 

before each command prompt. We'll update the TMUX_CONDA_ENV variable 

inside the PROMPT_COMMAND so that it changes every time a new prompt is 


Now in tmux.conf we need to modify the original line to

set -g status-right "Conda: #{?TMUX_CONDA_ENV,#{TMUX_CONDA_ENV},base}"

and it works well now. It not only shows the correct conda env name, but also update the conda env name once we switch to other environment.

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