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The ncurses (new curses) library is a free software emulation of curses in System V Release 4.0 and more. It uses terminfo format, supports pads and color and multiple highlights and forms charcters and function-key mapping, and has all the other SYSV-curses enhancements over BSD curses. It should port easily to any ANSI/POSIX-conforming UNIX-like system. On systems supporting libiconv, the library can be built to support wide- and multibyte-character applications, e.g., UTF-8. The distribution includes the library and support utilities, including a terminfo compiler tic, a decompiler infocmp, clear, tput, tset, and a termcap conversion tool captoinfo.


User manual included

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Download version 6.0 (stable)
released on 8 August 2015


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Leaders and contributors

TE Dickey Maintainer
Alexander V. Lukyanov Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail
Developer, User Bug Tracking

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build awk
Required to build sed
Required to build make
Weak prerequisite C++ compiler
Weak prerequisite Ada95 compiler

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 23 September 2015.


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