How to Capture a Unix Terminal Session

One of the best methods to capture a Unix terminal session is to use the `script` command.

In this example we start a script session, run a couple of commands, and then use the `exit` command to stop capturing the terminal session:

$ script
Script started, output file is typescript
$ pwd
/home/will
$ ps
 PID TT STAT TIME COMMAND
11909 p0 Ss 0:00.05 -bash (bash)
25622 p0 S+ 0:00.01 script
25623 p1 Ss 0:00.01 /usr/local/bin/bash -i
25624 p1 R+ 0:00.00 ps
$ exit
Script done, output file is typescript

We have now captured our terminal session into the file "typescript".

We can use the `cat` command to view the contents of the "typescript" file:How to Capture a Unix Terminal Session

$ cat typescript
Script started on Tue Jul 26 21:28:50 2005
$ pwd
/home/will
$ ps
 PID TT STAT TIME COMMAND
11909 p0 Ss 0:00.05 -bash (bash)
25622 p0 S+ 0:00.01 script
25623 p1 Ss 0:00.01 /usr/local/bin/bash -i
25624 p1 R+ 0:00.00 ps
$ exit
Script done on Tue Jul 26 21:29:13 2005

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  • MrBCut

    Thank you so much! Compact, clear and concise! I learned. :)

  • Raj

    Thank you exactly what I was looking for

  • Dipish

    What is the best way to view the recorded session file? If I have color terminal, there are lots of control characters in the typescript file. Is there a viewer for them, besides the console cat and more?