One of my favorite command line utilities is screen, which allows you to run terminal windows in the background. This is helpful for running commands on a remote server or if you have a command you use often. Your command history for named screens is saved, which can speed up routine tasks.
Screen is a full-screen window manager that multiplexes a physical terminal between several processes (typically interactive shells).
Screen is a command line utility for Linux, which allows you to run programs in a sub-shell that can be detached and reattached, as needed. This is especially useful if you want to run a program, without leaving your terminal window open, such as through an SSH session.
Creating a Screen
In a terminal window type:
A new screen will be created, which just looks like a new terminal window. Typing
exit will close the screen.
To create a named screen, type:
screen -S "my-window"
This will create a named screen that you can reattach later. Type a command, use as
ls, so you can see it saves what is going on when the screen is detached.
To detach a screen press keys Ctrl + a, d . This will detach the screen and keep it open in the background.
To see detached screens type:
This will list all detached screens, along with the name you can use to reattach.
To reattach the “my-window” screen, type:
screen -r "my-window"
You will then be able to see and interact with the re-attached screen. If you only have one screen detached, you can leave the name off, such as:
I hope you find this utility as useful as I do. It can be useful for node.js development servers and watchers will continue to run in the background in a detached screen.