iTerm 2- Top Tab Tip – Show the Profile name

When you use iTerm 2, by default it doesn’t show the name of the profile in the tabs. Which is a bit annoying. There is a setting in the default preferences that allows you to set the default for TAB names globally.

This is what you would see with the defaults:

Caption Text.

Head into the iTerm2 Preferences, and select Appearance, Show Profile Name like so:

Caption Text.

And now the tabs on your iTerm will look like this:

Caption Text.


About Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.

He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus

You can contact Greg via the site contact page.

  • Sto

    I used iTerm for a loong long time ago and must it’s the best terminal client ive ever used

Subscribe For Weekly Updates by Email

Get a Weekly Summary of Latest Articles and Posts to your Email Inbox Every Sunday

Thanks for signing up. Look for the email from MailChimp & make sure you confirm your email address. You may need to check your spam or gmail settings to be sure of receiving the email.

Note: You can unsubscribe at any time using the link at the bottom of every email.