Macos – Mac OS X Terminal: Map option+delete to “backward delete word”


Tried to map it from Preferences -> Settings -> Keyboard, but the "key" combo box has only "forward delete" but no "delete". My keyboard on the other hand has only "delete" and no "forward delete"!

Is there some other way to do it except from the preferences?

Best Solution

Enable option key as meta key

  1. Go to Terminal > Preferences > Profiles > Keyboard
  2. Check Use option key as meta key.


On macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, captured on October 23, 2018.

Illustration of the window for toggling option key as meta key


Many applications (including bash and tcsh) treat Meta-Delete as "backward delete word."