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An open source multi-platform version of the curses programming library also known as GNU Curses, unlike PD Curses the nCursees package requires a database of terminal specifications, which is a part of separate package called terminfo, and the library also has one or two system independent extensions/utility packages that you can use with it. nCurses is in general the more popular choice in UNIX environments while PD Curses is more popular with other systems since has better support in Windows, OS/2 and similar systems in addition to slightly better performance and lack of licensing issues, but code is in general portable between the two systems.


  • Last known version: 6.0 (2015-10-10)


  • Open source, originally in the public domain, current version released under a functional equivalent of the MIT License



  • Thomas E. Dickey (maintainer)