Is there a hotkey to switch between tabs in Ubuntu's native terminal app? I'm using the netbook version of ubuntu.

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    Too bad the hotkey isn't ctrl+tab. I wonder if it can be changed. – Benjamin Crouzier Feb 25 '13 at 8:52
  • yes you can change it @pinouchon, see my answer below (unfortunately ctrl+tab wont work) – JorgeArtware Jun 7 '14 at 10:33

You can also use Ctrl+PgUp/PgDn to go to previous/next tab.

  • I had to use CTRL+SHIFT+ PgUp / PgDn – jonnybot Oct 16 '15 at 19:48
  • not cool. Mac doesn't have it. – Vlad Dec 16 '15 at 22:47
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    @Vlad on my macbook it appears to be CMD+SHIFT+LEFT_ARROW/RIGHT_ARROW, maybe that works for you as well. – isaias-b Jan 3 '16 at 0:29
  • Doesn't seem to work with numpad PgUp / PgDn keys I typically use on my laptop, but the dedicated PgUp / PgDn keys do work. I was able to edit the shortcuts to use the numpad easily, as described below :) – jocull May 24 '16 at 14:41
  • For me ctrl + function + up/down works – Jared Beach Dec 15 '17 at 11:28

You mean gnome-terminal?

To switch between tabs you can use Alt-n, where n is the tab ordinal number.

  • Alt+Maj+n if using an azerty keyboard, caps-locked or not...

By the way, this works the same in Gedit.

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    And it also works in Chromium, I just found out! – DSimon Dec 21 '16 at 1:21

I'm guessing you mean the default distributed (pre-installed) gnome-terminal.

You can set your own shortcuts easily, just go to menu Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts...

gnome-terminal keyboard shortcuts settings as seen on ubuntu 12.04

Bonus tip: If you wanna take a look to the real "native terminal" or tty (teletype interfase) just hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 (It works with almost any Function key), and don't panic, you can come back to the "graphical interfase" by hitting Ctrl+Alt+F7

  • Is it any way to set them to Ctrl+Shift+Tab and Ctrl+Tab? – Pavel Dec 18 '18 at 1:00

Simple and standard for all:

for switching/moving tabs:

Ctrl + pg up


Ctrl + pg dn

for positioning tabs (not switching):

if you want to position tabs, but not switch/move. is useful when too many tabs are open in web browser and or terminal and you want to group/lineup tabs. you can do this.

CtrlShift + pg up


CtrlShift + pg dn

Pro Tip:

try this in your browser tabs. and see what happens.

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    This has started inserting ;5~ for me lately instead of switching tabs. Any idea what would cause that? – hughes Oct 4 '16 at 7:30
  • it does happens when a process you or some other application started did not left the terminal and while you press other keys it prints some odd characters. – Kaleem Ullah Oct 4 '16 at 7:40

For anyone using Konsole, that comes with Kubuntu (or KDE), the shortcut is -

Shift+, Shift+

  • I don't know who downvoted this answer! It deserve more upvotes – Anwar Jan 1 '17 at 6:12

Alt + Shift + n, where n is the tab number starting from 1, works for me on Ubuntu 18.04 with Gnome Desktop Environment.

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