How To Name A Screen In Linux

The Linux screen command is a very useful tool that allows you to run multiple sessions within a single terminal window. This feature is especially handy when working on remote servers, as it allows you to disconnect, reconnect, and even share your sessions. However, managing these sessions can become confusing if you don’t give them meaningful names.

In this blog post, we are going to learn how to name a screen in Linux.

Creating a Named Screen

To create a new named screen session, use the -S option followed by the desired name. Here is an example:

    screen -S my_screen

This command creates a new screen session named “my_screen”.

Renaming an Existing Screen

To rename an existing screen, you first need to find its id or name. You can list all your active screens using the following command:

    screen -list

Once you know the id or name of the screen you want to rename, you can use the following steps to rename it:

  1. Reattach to the screen.
  2. Press Ctrl-a (the screen command escape sequence).
  3. Press : (a colon) to bring up the command mode.
  4. Type sessionname followed by the new name and hit Enter.

The following are the corresponding commands:

    screen -r old_name
    sessionname new_name

This will rename your screen from “old_name” to “new_name”.


Naming your screens in Linux not only helps you to easily identify them but also makes it easier to manage multiple sessions. Now that you know how to name your screen sessions, you can better organize your work and increase your productivity.