Tmux: Prefix Ctrl-Space not working on macOS

Tmux: Prefix Ctrl-Space not working on macOS

🤔 How did this happen?

I was configuring a new Mac. And after installing my Tmux profile with all the plugins that I needed. The shortcut wasn’t working. I tried the same command in all my terminals that I have installed: Kitty, Alacritty and the Terminal.app.

I changed the default Tmux shortcut Ctrl-B or ^-B to ^-Space, because I feel it is more flexible.

It was really weird because the same shortcut was working in my old (but strong) Macbook from 2019.

This is the config that I have in my ~/.tmux.conf

tmux.conf
# Rebind prefix key
unbind C-b
set-option -g prefix C-Space
bind-key C-Space send-prefix

🔨 The solution

There is a default shortcut on Mac used to move between input sources. You’ll need to go to your Mac settingsKeyboardKeyboard ShortcutsInput sources. Then, disable both shortcuts over there.

📷 Screenshots

Finding the option could be complicated. I’ll post the screenshots that I took from macOS Ventura.

Shortcut enabled Shortcut disabled
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