Term::Title(3) Portable API to set the terminal titlebar


version 0.07


use Term::Title 'set_titlebar', 'set_tab_title';
set_titlebar("This goes into the title");
set_titlebar("Title", "And also print this to the terminal");
set_tab_title("This goes into the tab title");
set_tab_title("Tab Title", "And also print this to the terminal");


Term::Title provides an abstraction for setting the titlebar or the tab title across different types of terminals. For *nix terminals, it prints the appropriate escape sequences to set the terminal or tab title based on the value of $ENV{TERM}. On Windows, it uses Win32::Console to set the title directly.

Currently, changing the titlebar is supported in these terminals:

  • xterm
  • rxvt
  • screen
  • iTerm2.app
  • Win32 console

The terminals that support changing the tab title include:

  • iTerm2.app



    set_titlebar( $title, @optional_text );

Sets the titlebar to $title or clears the titlebar if $title is undefined.

On terminals that require printing escape codes to the terminal, a newline character is also printed to the terminal. If @optional_text is given, it will be printed to the terminal prior to the newline. Thus, to keep terminal output cleaner, use "set_titlebar()" in place of a "print()" statement to set the titlebar and print at the same time.

If the terminal is not supported, set_titlebar silently continues, printing @optional_text if any.


    set_tab_title( $title, @optional_text );

Has the exact same semantics as the ``set_titlebar'' but changes the tab title.


Bugs / Feature Requests

Please report any bugs or feature requests through the issue tracker at https://rt.cpan.org/Public/Dist/Display.html?Name=Term-Title <https://rt.cpan.org/Public/Dist/Display.html?Name=Term-Title>. You will be notified automatically of any progress on your issue.

Source Code

This is open source software. The code repository is available for public review and contribution under the terms of the license.

https://github.com/dagolden/term-title <https://github.com/dagolden/term-title>

  git clone git://github.com/dagolden/term-title.git


David Golden <[email protected]>


This software is Copyright (c) 2008 by David Golden.

This is free software, licensed under:

  The Apache License, Version 2.0, January 2004