crossterm 0.12.1

An crossplatform terminal library for manipulating terminals.

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Cross-platform Terminal Manipulation Library

Have you ever been disappointed when a terminal library for the Rust language was only written for UNIX systems? Crossterm provides clearing, input handling, styling, cursor movement and terminal actions for both Windows and UNIX systems.

Crossterm aims to be simple and easy to call in code. Through the simplicity of Crossterm, you do not have to worry about the platform you are working with.

This crate supports all UNIX and Windows terminals down to Windows 7 (not all terminals are tested, see Tested Terminals for more info).

Table of Contents


  • Cross-platform
  • Multi-threaded (send, sync)
  • Detailed documentation
  • Few dependencies
  • Cursor (feature cursor)
    • Move the cursor N times (up, down, left, right)
    • Set/get the cursor position
    • Store the cursor position and restore to it later
    • Hide/show the cursor
    • Enable/disable cursor blinking (not all terminals do support this feature)
  • Styled output (feature style)
    • Foreground color (16 base colors)
    • Background color (16 base colors)
    • 256 (ANSI) color support (Windows 10 and UNIX only)
    • RGB color support (Windows 10 and UNIX only)
    • Text attributes like bold, italic, underscore, crossed, etc.
  • Terminal (feature terminal)
    • Clear (all lines, current line, from cursor down and up, until new line)
    • Scroll up, down
    • Set/get the terminal size
    • Exit current process
  • Input (feature input)
    • Read character
    • Read line
    • Read key input events (async / sync)
    • Read mouse input events (press, release, position, button)
  • Screen (feature screen)
    • Alternate screen
    • Raw screen

Tested Terminals

  • Windows Powershell
    • Windows 10 (Pro)
  • Windows CMD
    • Windows 10 (Pro)
    • Windows 8.1 (N)
  • Ubuntu Desktop Terminal
    • Ubuntu 17.10
  • (Arch, Manjaro) KDE Konsole
  • Linux Mint

This crate supports all UNIX terminals and Windows terminals down to Windows 7; however, not all of the terminals have been tested. If you have used this library for a terminal other than the above list without issues, then feel free to add it to the above list - I really would appreciate it!

Getting Started

crossterm = "0.12"
use std::io::{stdout, Write};

use crossterm::{execute, Attribute, Color, Output, ResetColor, Result, SetBg, SetFg};

fn main() -> Result<()> {
        // Blue foreground
        // Red background
        Output("Styled text here.".to_string()),
        // Reset to default colors

Feature Flags

All features are enabled by default. You can disable default features and enable some of them only.

version = "0.12"
default-features = false        # Disable default features
features = ["cursor", "screen"] # Enable required features only
Feature Description
input Sync/Async input readers
cursor Cursor manipulation
screen Alternate screen & raw mode
terminal Size, clear, scroll
style Colors, text attributes

Other Resources

Used By


I highly appreciate when anyone contributes to this crate. Before you do, please, read the Contributing guidelines.


  • Timon Post - Project Owner & creator


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This project, crossterm and all it's sub-crates: crossterm_screen, crossterm_cursor, crossterm_style, crossterm_input, crossterm_terminal, crossterm_winapi, crossterm_utils are licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details.