iTerm2 on Mac OSX: add alt-left, alt-right and alt-backspace behaviour

posted by Arkham on January 9th, 2013

If you want iTerm2 to behave like the other Mac OSX applications, so that alt + left moves the previous word, alt + right moves to the next word and alt + backspace deletes the whole word, add these keyboard shortcuts from iTerm > Preferences > Profiles > Keys:

  • Alt + left: Send Escape Sequence, Esc + b
  • Alt + right: Send Escape Sequence, Esc + f
  • Alt + backspace: Send Hex Code, 0x17

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