Linux or UNIX – Find tty name

To print the file name of the terminal connected to standard input (keyboard) you need to use command called tty.


This command is available on Solaris, Linux, FreeBSD, and other Unixish operating systems.

The tty utility writes the name of the terminal attached to standard input to standard output.

You can also use who or w command to find out terminal/tty. Type tty command as follows:
$ tty


Use following command:
$ tty



You can also use w or who commands to find out tty:
$ w


NAME     LINE         TIME         COMMENT
vivek    tty1         Feb  6 00:26
root     tty2         Feb  5 14:57

OR use who command:$ who

vivek    tty1         Feb  6 00:26
root     tty2         Feb  5 14:57

In above output second column indicates the tty name.

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8 comments… add one
  • Rajiv Feb 2, 2009 @ 21:40

    As a Newbie, I am always searching online for articles that can help me. Thank you

  • Mohammed Feb 10, 2009 @ 0:36

    Finally, the answers that I was looking for! Cheers mate.

  • MySpace Friend Adder Jun 21, 2009 @ 2:54

    Very well thought out and informative. I’m sure many others enjoy reading this too, but are just a little scared to post – anyway – thanks again!

  • Limousine Software Nov 13, 2009 @ 6:08

    I was looking for this info. thanks.

  • Charanjit Singh Dec 16, 2009 @ 11:36

    Hi Vivek
    Thanks for this post, but what is the file in tty configuration is saved. Say If I want to disable the login in purticular tty. Where I will find out this file.

  • /dev/null Jan 2, 2010 @ 4:46

    maybe too late for an answer, but could help others.
    if your distro uses inittab, edit it

    THANKS!!!! tty too obvious but i did not knew it…

  • Abdul Rohman Sep 24, 2012 @ 6:36

    How to go to specified tty? if I login last time with pts/2, but now I login again with pts/3, can I go to pts/2 now, how to do it? Thanks before

  • aref ghobadi Aug 22, 2015 @ 7:10

    Hi Vivek
    thank you

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