10 Screen Command Examples to Manage Linux Terminals

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48 Responses

  1. rupali says:

    I have a query, how I can install screen utility in Virtual desktop (VMware) ???

    • Ravi Saive says:


      In most Linux distributions, screen utility pre-installed, if not just install it with using your package manager.

      • rupali says:

        Thanks Ravi for the reply but It’s not Linux, sorry i forgot to mention we have Solaris as our virtual machine (remote server).

        Which package manager and commands need to be used in order to install screen utility in Solaris server ????

        • Ravi Saive says:


          To install screen on Solaris 10 and 11:

          pkgadd -d http://get.opencsw.org/now
          /opt/csw/bin/pkgutil -U
          /opt/csw/bin/pkgutil -y -i screen 
          /usr/sbin/pkgchk -L CSWscreen # list files
          screen -v
  2. Rakesh says:

    Very nice article with easy to understand examples..

  3. sul says:

    Very nice post. It is also possible to run screen as a detached process with a script. For example
    screen -d -m script.sh

    This will start screen as a detached process. Its pretty useful.

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Thanks a ton for the tip, yes you can detach any command or process with screen command as you pointed in your example..

  4. I was using GNU Screen, and then I found tmux! Both tools are interesting anyway!

  5. yum –> dnf (new command)

  6. Vlad says:

    it is simple and clear. Thanks a lot!

  7. Ruan says:

    Man, thanks for the tips

  8. rohit says:


  9. Balaji says:

    Very nice.

  10. Brad says:

    Great primer on screen. I was unaware that you could lock a screen, very handy.

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