MouseTerm is a SIMBL plugin for Mac OS X's that passes mouse events to the terminal, allowing you to use mouse shortcuts within applications that support them.

To get started, first install SIMBL (MouseTerm won't work without it!). Once you've done that, open the .dmg file, run Install, and restart To uninstall, run Uninstall from the .dmg.



MouseTerm is currently beta quality software. It's feature complete, but still needs testing.

What works:

What's being worked on:

Frequently Asked Questions

What programs can I use the mouse in?

This varies widely and depends on the specific program. less, Emacs, and Vim are good places to test out mouse reporting.

How do I disable mouse reporting temporarily?

Use "Send Mouse Events" in the Shell menu.

How do I configure mouse reporting on a profile basis?

In the preferences dialog under Settings, you can configure terminal profiles. Select the profile you want to configure, go to the Keyboard section, and click the "Mouse..." button to change what mouse buttons are reported to programs in the terminal.

How do I enable mouse reporting in Vim?

To enable the mouse for all modes add the following to your ~/.vimrc file:

if has("mouse")
    set mouse=a

Run :help mouse for more information and other possible values.

What about enabling it in Emacs?

By default MouseTerm will use simulated mouse wheel scrolling in Emacs. To enable terminal mouse support, add this to your ~/.emacs file:

(unless window-system
  (xterm-mouse-mode 1)
  (global-set-key [mouse-4] '(lambda ()
                               (scroll-down 1)))
  (global-set-key [mouse-5] '(lambda ()
                               (scroll-up 1))))


Download the official development repository using Git:

git clone git://

Run make to compile the plugin, and make install to install it into your home directory's SIMBL plugins folder. make test will install the plugin and run a second instance of for testing.

Visit GitHub if you'd like to fork the project, watch for new changes, or report issues.

JRSwizzle and some mouse reporting code from iTerm are used in MouseTerm. Ragel is used for parsing control codes.


Contact information can be found on my site,

Thanks to Tom Feist and Scott Kroll for their contributions.