I love using screen at work, especially while I’m in a PuTTy session. Basically, screen lets you open up another bash session without disrupting a current bash session in the same window. So I can open one PuTTy session and with screen emulate multiple. This is nice because I can do something different in each screen session without loosing my place in another. Trust me, it’s awesome.


To download:

apt-get install screen

or (depends on your distribution and packet manager)

yum install screen


Create a screen by typing the command:


Super easy, to detach from a screen:

press CTRL+”a”+”d”

Now what? There is now a floating screen session someone. How do you reconnect to it? First you can list all screen session with:

screen -ls

With knowledge of what screens exist, you can reconnect to one with the command:


Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 6.46.30 PM

To kill the current screen, use:

press CTRL+”a”+”\”

Other helpful shortcuts can be found by pressing:

CTRL+”a” release “?”

Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 6.48.08 PM

There you have it! Manage your screens wisely.