Battery Life in the Land of Tmux

The code for this can be found on GitHub.

From time to time I find myself immersed in my terminal. Bouncing around in Tmux1 between vim, console and whatever else I’m doing. With my terminal in fullscreen mode I don’t notice the power draining from my battery.

OSX Battery Warning

This is a fixable problem.

Tmux provides a constant status bar at the bottom of the screen. Let’s add a battery indicator to right side of the status bar. While we’re adding that we might as well tack on the time and date.

# status prompt
set -g status-right '#(~/bin/ #[bg=white,fg=colour240] %H:%M #[bg=colour240,fg=white] %Y-%m-%d '
set -g status-utf8 on

Of course for this to work we need a script that outputs an indication of how much battery we have remaining.

Note: The script works in Moutain Lion and on linux.



if [[ `uname` == 'Linux' ]]; then
  current_charge=$(cat /proc/acpi/battery/BAT1/state | grep 'remaining capacity' | awk '{print $3}')
  total_charge=$(cat /proc/acpi/battery/BAT1/info | grep 'last full capacity' | awk '{print $4}')
  battery_info=`ioreg -rc AppleSmartBattery`
  current_charge=$(echo $battery_info | grep -o '"CurrentCapacity" = [0-9]\+' | awk '{print $3}')
  total_charge=$(echo $battery_info | grep -o '"MaxCapacity" = [0-9]\+' | awk '{print $3}')

charged_slots=$(echo "(($current_charge/$total_charge)*10)+1" | bc -l | cut -d '.' -f 1)
if [[ $charged_slots -gt 10 ]]; then

echo -n '#[fg=red]'
for i in `seq 1 $charged_slots`; do echo -n "$HEART"; done

if [[ $charged_slots -lt 10 ]]; then
  echo -n '#[fg=white]'
  for i in `seq 1 $(echo "10-$charged_slots" | bc)`; do echo -n "$HEART"; done

There are many ways to display power remaining. I decided an homage to Zelda was the only reasonable way to go.

Tmux Screen Shot with Heart Based Battery Indicator

I’ve only got 40% of my battery left.

Time to plug in.

  1. Version 1.7