wezterm.action

Helper for defining key assignment actions in your configuration file. This is really just sugar for the underlying Lua -> Rust deserialation mapping that makes it a bit easier to identify where syntax errors may exist in your configuration file.

Constructor Syntax

Since: 20220624-141144-bd1b7c5d

wezterm.action is a special enum constructor type that makes it bit more ergonomic to express the various actions than in earlier releases. The older syntax is still supported, so you needn't scramble to update your configuration files.

Indexing wezterm.action with a valid KeyAssignment name will act as a constructor for that key assignment type. For example, the lua expression:

wezterm.action.QuickSelectArgs

is a constructor for QuickSelectArgs.

If the key assignment type is a unit variant (has no parameters) such as Copy, or can be constructed with default values such as QuickSelectArgs then you can reference the constructor directly to have it evaluate as that value without having to add any extra punctuation:

local wezterm = require 'wezterm'
return {
   keys = {
     {key=" ", mods="CTRL|SHIFT", action=wezterm.action.QuickSelectArgs},
   }
}

You may pass the optional parameters to QuickSelectArgs as you need them, like this:

local wezterm = require 'wezterm'
return {
   keys = {
     {key=" ", mods="CTRL|SHIFT", action=wezterm.action.QuickSelectArgs{
      alphabet="abc"
     }},
   }
}

If the key assignment type is a tuple variant (has positional parameters) such as ActivatePaneByIndex, then you can pass those by calling the constructor:

local wezterm = require 'wezterm'
-- shortcut to save typing below
local act = wezterm.action

return {
   keys = {
     {key="F1", mods="ALT", action=act.ActivatePaneByIndex(0)},
     {key="F2", mods="ALT", action=act.ActivatePaneByIndex(1)},
     {key="F3", mods="ALT", action=act.ActivatePaneByIndex(2)},
     {key="F4", mods="ALT", action=act.ActivatePaneByIndex(3)},
     {key="F5", mods="ALT", action=act.ActivatePaneByIndex(4)},
     {key="F6", mods="ALT", action=act.ActivatePaneByIndex(5)},
     {key="F7", mods="ALT", action=act.ActivatePaneByIndex(6)},
     {key="F8", mods="ALT", action=act.ActivatePaneByIndex(7)},
     {key="F9", mods="ALT", action=act.ActivatePaneByIndex(8)},
     {key="F10", mods="ALT", action=act.ActivatePaneByIndex(9)},

     -- Compare this with the older syntax shown in the section below
     {key="{", mods="CTRL", action=act.ActivateTabRelative(-1)},
     {key="}", mods="CTRL", action=act.ActivateTabRelative(1)},
   }
}

Older versions

For versions before 20220624-141144-bd1b7c5d, usage looks like this:

local wezterm = require 'wezterm';
return {
   keys = {
     {key="{", mods="CTRL", action=wezterm.action{ActivateTabRelative=-1}},
     {key="}", mods="CTRL", action=wezterm.action{ActivateTabRelative=1}},
   }
}

The parameter is a lua representation of the underlying KeyAssignment enum from the configuration code. These docs aim to spell out sufficient examples that you shouldn't need to learn to read Rust code, but there are occasions where newly developed features are not yet documented and an enterprising user may wish to go spelunking to figure them out!

You can find the reference for available KeyAssignment values here.