Alt-key in OSX-Terminal

30 January 2012 — 17 Comments

By default, the Alt-key doesn’t work in Mac OSX-Terminal. Today I found a simple solution for this problem:

Terminal > Preferences > Settings > Keyboard
Just check ‘Use option as meta key’ at the bottom and you’re good to go 🙂

17 responses to Alt-key in OSX-Terminal

  1. 

    Was using Midnight Commander and this thing was driving me mad. Nice one!!
    Thank you!!!

  2. 

    I can’t be grateful enough, you fucking solved my issue I had for a year or so 😀 thanks!

  3. 

    Hi Remi,
    Please explain where the change can be made. I have a Mac with Linux OS, and there is no mention of “meta key” in Settings/keyboard, or by searching the computer. Does one change this in terminal? I tried this too but don’t know exactly how to enter the text there to make this change.
    I’m using Inkscape, wanting to alter the order of objects in sub-layers, which requires use of “alt.” I’ve disabled alt in other commands, so I think you’re on to the solution. Please do send the specific steps to do what you suggest.
    Thank you kindly for your time to respond to me.
    Best,
    Paula

  4. 

    Just what I was looking for – thank you!

  5. 

    Thank You!

  6. 

    Thank You!

  7. 

    yeeeeeeeeeeeah this post still helps people, how amazing is that !

  8. 
    blisterpeanuts 29 January 2019 at 14:54

    You helped me in 2019! After five years of NOT being able to use standard terminal commands like ALT-right, ALT-left, ALT-delete, etc.!!!! Thanks for posting this.

  9. 
    Carol Neagle 7 May 2019 at 22:44

    I’m also using a Mac with a touch screen and can’t get the alt key to raise the bottom object to the top like it is supposed too.

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