I am new to linux shell scripting. I want to write a shell script which will open terminal with multiple tabs; it should run rtsp client app in each tab.

For this, I have gone through question here in this forum and tried to code like bellow,

tab="--tab-with-profile=Default -e "
cmd="java RunRTSPClient"
for i in 1 2 3 4 5
   foo="$foo $tab $cmd"         
gnome-terminal $foo
exit 0

This is running and opens the terminal window with tabs but suddenly it will close. I am not getting any errors.


Use this variant of the script to do what you want:


cmd="bash -c 'java RunRTSPClient';bash"

for i in 1 2 3 4 5; do
      foo+=($tab -e "$cmd")         

gnome-terminal "${foo[@]}"

exit 0

Generally, a script like this:


cmd="bash -c '<command-line_or_script>';bash"

for i in 1 2 ... n; do
      foo+=($tab -e "$cmd")         

gnome-terminal "${foo[@]}"

exit 0

will open a new terminal with n tabs executing the <command-line_or_script> in each tab. This can be very useful when you want for example to open a terminal with some tabs with the interpreter at a specific path (using cd /path in the above script).

Also, read man bash, this post and this post to understand the changes.

I have tested these scripts and they work.

  • Same as i told It just displays and closes and no error also getting. How to fix this issue?. – user172001 Jul 2 '13 at 13:18
  • ok now its showing the windows with tabs but not running the app in any tab. and also explain me a bit, how this has fixed the window display issue. – user172001 Jul 2 '13 at 13:22
  • @user172001 Now it's working, check the new edits! – Radu Rădeanu Jul 2 '13 at 18:34
  • this is pretty cool. +1 – Nishant Nov 8 '13 at 10:59
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    I tried adding cmd1 && cmd2 into the command string to run multiple commands. It only seems to run the first one. Am I doing something blatantly wrong? – byxor Nov 5 '16 at 12:12

I came up with my own answer. I think this is a better approach because:

  1. I can understand it. I'm not a bash expert and no explanation was given in the more popular answer for what is ..., ${}, -e, or @
  2. It allows you to easily customize the title and command for each tab
  3. Did I say it's a lot easier to understand?

Note that the ; $SHELL at the end of each gnome-terminal command is what keeps the terminal window open. Otherwise it would immediately close.

title1="tab 1"
title2="tab 2"
title3="tab 3"

cmd1="cd /etc"
cmd2="cd ~/Documents"
cmd3="cd /usr/local"

gnome-terminal --tab --title="$title1" --command="bash -c '$cmd1; $SHELL'" \
               --tab --title="$title2" --command="bash -c '$cmd2; $SHELL'" \
               --tab --title="$title3" --command="bash -c '$cmd3; $SHELL'" 

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