On the byobu Wikipedia page there is a screenshot with the terminal screen:

Link to terminal screen using byobu

  1. Can somebody explain to me what programs are used here?
    My guess - at the bottom - vim, top right - terminal, top left - I don't know.

  2. And how to make such a byobu screen?

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    top left program is htop, a persistent version of top. It lists running processes and hardware load, and allows you to search processes, send them signals, ... – Aserre Jul 8 '14 at 9:38
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    @Ploutox: top is also persistent :S – souser12345 Jul 8 '14 at 16:06

1 . Can somebody explain to me what programs are used here?

  • Program top left is the command htop (is similar to command top)
  • Program top right is indeed a terminal and the bottom one is indeed vim

2 . And how to make such a byobu screen?

  • Horizontal split: Ctrl+A S
  • Vertical split: Ctrl+A | (there is a vertical screen patch that switches the shortcut to Ctrl+A V)
  • To move the focus to the next split: Ctrl+A Tab

Some more shortcuts.

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    The shortcuts have changed since. See help.ubuntu.com/community/Byobu Shift+F2 and Ctrl+F2 split the screen horizontally and vertically respectively. Moving focus is done with Shift+Arrow Key (left, right, up, down) depending on the focus switch you want to do. – BlueCacti Aug 31 '15 at 16:19
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    This is what works for me: Ctrl + A % to split horizontally and Ctrl + A | to split vertically. – Hoang Huynh Dec 23 '15 at 8:49
  • Doesn't work with Emacs bindings. ;) – A.B. Jan 7 '16 at 8:53
  • @A.B. Think of these commands as [prefix] + [command]. On my system, the default prefix for Emacs-compatibility is C-S. So, in my case, I press C-S % to split horizontally. (See comment by Hoang Huynh above.) – David J. Sep 21 '16 at 19:26
  • @HoangHuynh Strange, in my case your shortcuts work, but do the exact opposite. – hbogert Jul 26 '17 at 20:36

The controls have changed since the accepted answer was posted. From Byobu's help page:

  • Split screen horizontally:

    • Shift+F2 or
    • Ctrl+A then |
  • Split screen vertically:

    • Ctrl+F2 or
    • Ctrl+A then %
  • Switch focus:

    • Shift+↑ ↓ ← → or
    • Ctrl+A then ↑ ↓ ← →
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    And how do we close one or more splits? – Tarik Aug 22 '17 at 21:18
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    @Tarik type exit in split, which you want to close. – AndriusZ Oct 4 '17 at 7:21
  • That's if you want to exit the terminal. If you want to stop splitting, then in the screen version Ctrl-A followed by Q will "maximize" the current window – David Fraser Nov 16 '17 at 15:33

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