Babun, a new Windows Terminal

I’ve used Cmder, a console emulator, for a while now when I need to work on Windows. Cmder is a pretty terminal that brings lots of tools and shortcuts from the Linux/Unix world to Windows. However, Cmder can be slow and my biggest gripe with it is the fact that I never really got Tmux, the best terminal multiplexer, to work well in it.

In my never ending quest to find the perfect Terminal, I stumbled upon Babun (pronounced Baboon).

http://babun.github.io/

Babun’s slogan is “a Windows shell you will love!” and I must admit in the short time I’ve been using it, they are right! I love Babun!

Babun is a Terminal that brings zsh, oh-my-zsh and another packet manager called pact to windows.

Some of Babun’s most notable features include:

  • Pre-configured Cygwin with a lot of addons
  • Silent command-line installer, no admin rights required
  • pact — advanced package manager (like apt-get or yum)
  • xTerm-256 compatible console
  • HTTP(s) proxying support
  • Plugin-oriented architecture
  • Pre-configured git and shell
  • Integrated oh-my-zsh
  • Auto update feature

So once I installed Babun, the first thing I did was install Tmux with it’s own package manager, pact:

{ ~ }  » pack install tmux

I dropped in a tmux config file I keep on my Github account:

https://github.com/ckloppers/tmux.conf/blob/master/tmux.conf_for_windows_21April2015

Now I have the same shell experience on Windows compared to all the CentOS servers I administer and work-on during the day, well almost the same ☺

Here is an example of my screen showing the multi-pane awesomeness you get with tmux:

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