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Sunday, March 2, 2008

iTerm: using cursor keys in vi

One of the first tools I install on a fresh OS X installation is the excellent iTerm. However, "out of the box" the cursor keys (arrow keys) don't seem to work in many text-based applications such as vi/vim.

One solution (in 0.9.5) is as follows:

  • Click on Bookmarks, then Manage Profiles
  • Select Default from the Terminal Profiles section
  • Change the Type option below Terminal Settings to linux (sic)
In all newly-opened iTerm sessions the cursor keys should then work as desired.

Posted at 2:08 PM |Comments (5)

Thanks! That worked for me :)
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Posted by: Romain Wurtz Freelance Strasbourg | 2010-09-28 02:25
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Posted by: ThePenguin | 2010-09-30 13:55
didn't work for me, but this:
Posted by: rajo | 2010-10-02 13:03
Thanks for the update, this post is a couple of years old so might be outdated.
Posted by: ThePenguin | 2010-10-02 15:28