Code Quality Rank: L3
Programming language: C
Tags: GUI     TUI    
Latest version: v3.9

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Stable: v3.9
Beta: See git repository

PDCurses is a public domain curses library for [DOS], [OS/2], [Windows] console, [X11] and [SDL], implementing most of the functions available in X/Open and System V R4 curses. It supports many compilers for these platforms. The X11 port lets you recompile existing text-mode curses programs to produce native X11 applications.

PDCurses is distributed mainly as source code, but some pre-compiled libraries may be available.

The latest version can be found at:


For changes, see the [History] file. The main documentation is now in the [docs] directory.

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There's a low-traffic mailing list for announcements and discussion. To subscribe, email the list server, with the first line of the body of the message containing:

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or you can read the mailing list archive.

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Legal Stuff

The core package and most ports are in the public domain, but a few files in the [demos] and [X11][xstatus] directories are subject to copyright under licenses described there.

This software is provided AS IS with NO WARRANTY whatsoever.


William McBrine

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the PDCurses README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.