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.

Mailing lists

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:

subscribe pdcurses-l

or you can read the mailing list archive.

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

This software is provided AS IS with NO WARRANTY whatsoever.


William McBrine