This is an old copy of the Python FAQ. The information here may be outdated.

Is there a curses/termcap package for Python?

For Unix variants: The standard Python source distribution comes with a curses module in the Modules subdirectory, though it’s not compiled by default (note that this is not available in the Windows distribution — there is no curses module for Windows).

The curses module supports basic curses features as well as many additional functions from ncurses and SYSV curses such as colour, alternative character set support, pads, and mouse support. This means the module isn’t compatible with operating systems that only have BSD curses, but there don’t seem to be any currently maintained OSes that fall into this category.

For Windows: use the consolelib module.

CATEGORY: library


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