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Since: Version 20220624-141144-bd1b7c5d

The functionality described in this section requires version 20220624-141144-bd1b7c5d of wezterm, or a more recent version.

Provides global, in-process, in-memory, data storage for json-like variables that persists across config reloads.

wezterm's lua files may be re-loaded and re-evaluated multiple times in different contexts or in different threads. If you'd like to keep track of state that lasts for the lifetime of your wezterm process then you cannot simply use global variables in the lua script.

wezterm.GLOBAL is a special userdata value that acts like a table. Writing to keys will copy the data that you assign into a global in-memory table and allow it to be read back later.

Reads and writes from/to wezterm.GLOBAL are thread-safe but don't currently provide synchronization primitives for managing read-modify-write operations.

The following example shows the number of times that the config has been loaded in the right status bar. Watch it increase when you press the ReloadConfiguration key assignment (CTRL-SHIFT-R):

local wezterm = require 'wezterm'

-- Count how many times the lua config has been loaded
wezterm.GLOBAL.parse_count = (wezterm.GLOBAL.parse_count or 0) + 1

wezterm.on('update-right-status', function(window, pane)
  window:set_right_status('Reloads=' .. tostring(wezterm.GLOBAL.parse_count))

return {}

Note that the reload counter goes up by more than 1 when you reload: that is because the config is evaluated multiple times in different threads as part of safely validating and setting up the configuration.

You may store values with the following types:

  • string
  • number
  • table
  • boolean

Attempting to assign other types will raise an error.

Note about referencing table values

Accessing wezterm.GLOBAL returns a copy of the data that you'd read, making it cumbersome to perform read/modify/write updates; for example this:

wezterm.GLOBAL.tab_titles['T0'] = 'Test'

will not result in wezterm.GLOBAL.tab_titles.T0 being set, and you need to explicitly break it apart into:

local tab_titles = wezterm.GLOBAL.tab_titles
tab_titles['T0'] = 'Test'
wezterm.GLOBAL.tab_titles = tab_titles
Since: Version 20230320-124340-559cb7b0

The functionality described in this section requires version 20230320-124340-559cb7b0 of wezterm, or a more recent version.

You no longer need to split apart read/modify/write and the simple assignment now works as you would expect:

wezterm.GLOBAL.tab_titles['T0'] = 'Test'