I am using Ubuntu server 16.04 LTS in MacOS device through VirtualBox.

How can I open more than one terminal and navigate through them?

I already came across a similar question asked here but it didn't work with me. I believe it is because I am running the Ubuntu server from mac in VirtualBox.

  • Use the screen command. There no need to split the screens but well maybe you find the read useful: askubuntu.com/questions/980910/…
    – Videonauth
    Dec 7, 2017 at 22:19
  • @Videonauth I am using Ubuntu Server from Virtual Box, tried both links and the command in the second link didn't work in my Mac Keyboard Dec 8, 2017 at 9:03
  • The first answer in the second link. I used the commands "Alt + Ctrl + F1" to "F7" and they didn't work with me. This is the link "askubuntu.com/questions/472829/…" Dec 8, 2017 at 9:10
  • Try ctrl+shift+alt+fX in virtualbox (where X stands for 1-7).
    – Videonauth
    Dec 8, 2017 at 9:11
  • @Videonauth I tried sudo apt-get install screen and it shows me that I have the screen already installed to the latest version. How can I split the terminal? Dec 8, 2017 at 9:11

2 Answers 2


Install byobu with sudo apt-get install byobu and use it. It is more user-friendly, than screen.


You're looking for a terminal multiplexer. A couple of popular ones are tmux and screen. Here's a quick introduction to tmux: https://hackernoon.com/a-gentle-introduction-to-tmux-8d784c404340

  • @derHugo: The gist of the answer, albeit short, is in the first two sentences. As I understand it the link is just a suggestion on how to get started with one of the previously recommended tools and not essential to the answer. Dec 8, 2017 at 11:26

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