In Vim I can switch between tab pages with :tabnext- to go left and tabnext+ to go right, simulating the tabs on an IDE. In Tmux I can switch between windows using <prefix>p and <prefix>n respectively. I'd like to combine these functions: I'm trying to remap the Altleft and Altright keys to switch between tab pages in Vim and session windows (which are like tabs) in Tmux when Tmux is available.


https://www.codeography.com/2014/06/19/navigating-vim-and-tmux-splits The plugin 'Vim-Tmux-Navigator' provides a way to seamlessly navigate between Tmux and Vim panes via for left and right and and for up and down. (It looks like when the window number in Vim is maxed it just sends the key commands to Tmux so that there's no need for me to think about which pane in which window I want to switch to.) I'm trying to do the same thing but for switching between Vim Tab pages (created via :tabnew) and Tmux Windows (created via c) (not buffers/windows in Vim or panes in Tmux but tab pages vs Windows).

What I've tried

In ~/.vimrc I have:

if exists('$TMUX')
    function! TmuxOrTabSwitch(tabcmd, tmuxdir)                                                                      
        let previous_winnr = tabpagenr()
        silent! execute "tabnext " . a:tabcmd
        if previous_winnr == tabpagenr()                                                                         
            call system("tmux select-window -t " . a:tmuxdir)

    let previous_title = substitute(system("tmux display-message -p '#{pane_title}'"), '\n', '', '')
    let &t_ti = "\<Esc>]2;vim\<Esc>\\" . &t_ti
    let &t_te = "\<Esc>]2;". previous_title . "\<Esc>\\" . &t_te

    nnoremap <silent> <A-Left> :call TmuxOrTabSwitch('-', '-')<cr>
    nnoremap <silent> <A-Right> :call TmuxOrTabSwitch('+', '+')<cr>                                                
    noremap <A-Left>  :tabprevious<Cr>
    noremap <A-Right> :tabnext<Cr>

In ~/.tmux.conf I have:

# Move Window left and right
bind -n M-Left run "(tmux display-message -p '#{pane_title}' | grep -iq vim && tmux send-keys M-Left) || tmux select-window -t -"
bind -n M-Right run "(tmux display-message -p '#{pane_title}' | grep -iq vim && tmux send-keys M-Right) || tmux select-window -t +"

Unfortunately, this doesn't work! How can I get this to work the way I described above? Any help would be appreciated.

  • 1
    Well for one your tmux bindings use Ctrl and not Alt
    – D. Ben Knoble
    May 30 '19 at 16:38
  • It still doesn't work. Good catch, but when I changed it, the alt keys still don't pass anything through to Vim. They do work to change the tab in non-Tmux Vim but only change the Tmux windows in Vim+Tmux, not cycling through the tab pages in Vim.
    – Incalculon
    May 30 '19 at 16:54
  • You're still using Ctrl in the tmux binds.
    – B Layer
    May 31 '19 at 6:46
  • Did you confirm the .tmux.conf file? If didn't, try: tmux source-file ~/.tmux.conf
    – samet
    Jun 4 '19 at 17:14
  • I see now where I left it. I made the correction but unfortunately the problem remains. I did source the conf file again.
    – Incalculon
    Jun 6 '19 at 21:00

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