I got this working before (I believe it was on a 15.10, I recently downgraded to the LTS 14.04).

According to this post the following should work

~ $ cat ~/.inputrc 

But when I save that .inputrc and open a new terminal, typing PageUp or PageDown just prints the tilde character ~ in the terminal, instead of doing the search.

Any help appreciated.


Try this in ~/.inputrc

"\e[5~": history-search-backward   
"\e[6~": history-search-forward  

and reopen terminal.


\e[A and \e[B are actually the Up and Down arrow keys. To test what a key is, run cat and then press the key:

$ cat


Those are , , Page Up and Page Down respectively. The ^[ stands for Esc, or \e in terms of .inputrc.

So, if you added \e[A and \e[B, you should be able to browse history using arrow keys. For Page Up and Page Down, use \e[5~ and \e[6~.

  • Wow! I have so often see these escape sequences in the terminal, wondering what they were. Even though I already use them in eg. .inputrc, I have never made the connection. Very useful tip, thanks. – marlar Jun 26 '18 at 20:59

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