1. Installing Linux Screen Command

The screen comes preinstalled on some of the popular distributions. You can check if it is installed on your server using the following command

screen -v

Screen Command Example in Linux

If you do not have a screen to the VPS, you can easily install it using the package manager provided by the OS.

 2. Install Linux Screen Command – CentOS/RedHat/Fedora

yum -y install screen


apt-get -y install screen

3. How to start a Linux Screen Command session

You can start screen by typing ‘screen’ at the command prompt and a new screen session will be started which looks the same as the command prompt


It is a good practice to start screen sessions with descriptive names so you can easily remember which process is running in the session. To create a new session with a session name run the following command

screen -S name

and replace ‘name’ with a meaningful name for your session.

4. Detach from Linux Screen Command Session

To detach from the current screen session you can press ‘Ctrl-A‘ and ‘d‘ on your keyboard. All screen sessions will still be active and you can re-attach to them at any time later.

5. Reattach to Linux Screen Command

If you have detached from a session or your connection is interrupted for some reason, you can easily re-attach by executing the following command:

screen -r

If you have multiple screen sessions you can list them with ‘ls’

screen -ls

There are screens on:

7880.session    (Detached)

7934.session2   (Detached)

7907.session1   (Detached)

3 Sockets in /var/run/screen/S-root.

linux screen command list

linux screen command list

In our example, we have three active screen sessions. So, if you want to restore the session ‘session2’ you can execute

screen -r 7934

or you can use the screen name

screen -r -S session2

6. Terminate Linux Screen Command Session

There are several ways to terminate the screen session. You can do it by pressing ‘Ctrl‘ + ‘d‘ on your keyboard or use the ‘exit’ command-line command.

To see all the useful features of the screen command you can check the screen’s man page.

man screen


screen – screen manager with VT100/ANSI terminal emulation


screen [ -options ] [ cmd [ args ] ]

screen -r [[pid.]tty[.host]]

screen -r sessionowner/[[pid.]tty[.host]]

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