crossterm_cursor 0.2.6

A cross-platform library for moving the terminal cursor.

Crossterm Cursor | cross-platform cursor movement.

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This crate allows you to move the terminal cursor cross-platform. It supports all UNIX and windows terminals down to windows 7 (not all terminals are tested see Tested Terminals for more info)

This crate is a sub-crate of crossterm to move the cursor, and can be use individually.

Other sub-crates are:

When you want to use other modules as well you might want to use crossterm with feature flags.

Table of contents:

Getting Started

This documentation is only for crossterm_cursor version 0.2. Also, check out the examples folders with detailed examples for all functionality of this crate.

Add the crossterm_cursor package to your Cargo.toml file.

crossterm_cursor = "0.2"

Import the crossterm_cursor modules you want to use.

extern crate crossterm_cursor;

pub use crossterm_cursor::{cursor, TerminalCursor};

Useful Links


These are the features of this crate:

  • Cross-platform
  • Multithreaded (send, sync)
  • Detailed Documentation
  • Few Dependencies
  • Cursor
    • Moving n times (up, down, left, right)
    • Position (set/get)
    • Store cursor position and resetting to that later
    • Hiding/Showing
    • Blinking Cursor (only some terminals are supporting this)

Command API

My first recommendation is to use the command API because this might replace some of the existing API in the future. Because it is more convenient, faster, and easier to use.


The examples folder has more complete and verbose examples.

use crossterm_cursor::cursor;

let mut cursor = cursor();

/// Moving the cursor
// Set the cursor to position X: 10, Y: 5 in the terminal

// Move the cursor up,right,down,left 3 cells.

/// Safe the current cursor position to recall later
// Goto X: 5 Y: 5
// Safe cursor position: X: 5 Y: 5
// Goto X: 5 Y: 20
// Print at X: 5 Y: 20.
// Reset back to X: 5 Y: 5.
// Print 'Back' at X: 5 Y: 5.

// hide cursor
// show cursor;
// blink or not blinking of the cursor (not widely supported)

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 but not all of them have been tested. If you have used this library for a terminal other than the above list without issues feel free to add it to the above list, I really would appreciate it.


  • Timon Post - Project Owner & creator


This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the file for details