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This library is somewhat not maintained anymore. But I'm glad that it did what I wanted the most. It moved people away from "ncurses" mindset and these days we see both re-implementations of termbox API in various languages and even possibly better libs with similar API design. If you're looking for a Go lib that provides terminal-based user interface facilities, I've heard that gdamore/tcell is good (never used it myself). Also for more complicated interfaces and/or computer games I recommend you to consider using HTML-based UI. Having said that, termbox still somewhat works. In fact I'm writing this line of text right now in godit (which is a text editor written using termbox-go). So, be aware. Good luck and have a nice day.


Termbox is a library that provides a minimalistic API which allows the programmer to write text-based user interfaces. The library is crossplatform and has both terminal-based implementations on *nix operating systems and a winapi console based implementation for windows operating systems. The basic idea is an abstraction of the greatest common subset of features available on all major terminals and other terminal-like APIs in a minimalistic fashion. Small API means it is easy to implement, test, maintain and learn it, that's what makes the termbox a distinct library in its area.


Install and update this go package with go get -u


For examples of what can be done take a look at various examples in the _demos directory. You can try them with go run: go run _demos/keyboard.go

There are also some interesting projects using termbox-go:

  • godit is an emacsish lightweight text editor written using termbox.
  • gotetris is an implementation of Tetris.
  • sokoban-go is an implementation of sokoban game.
  • hecate is a hex editor designed by Satan.
  • httopd is top for httpd logs.
  • mop is stock market tracker for hackers.
  • termui is a terminal dashboard.
  • termloop is a terminal game engine.
  • xterm-color-chart is a XTerm 256 color chart.
  • gocui is a minimalist Go library aimed at creating console user interfaces.
  • dry is an interactive cli to manage Docker containers.
  • pxl displays images in the terminal.
  • snake-game is an implementation of the Snake game.
  • gone is a CLI pomodoro® timer.
  • Spoof.go controllable movement spoofing from the cli.
  • rat lets you compose shell commands to build terminal applications.
  • httplab An interactive web server.
  • wot Wait time during command is completed.
  • 2048-go is 2048 in Go.
  • jv helps you view JSON on the command-line.
  • pinger helps you to monitor numerous hosts using ICMP ECHO_REQUEST.
  • vixl44 lets you create pixel art inside your terminal using vim movements.
  • zterm is a typing game inspired by
  • gotypist is a fun touch-typing tutor following Steve Yegge's method.
  • cointop is an interactive terminal based UI application for tracking cryptocurrencies.
  • pexpo is a terminal sending ping tool written in Go.
  • jid is an interactive JSON drill down tool using filtering queries like jq.
  • nonograminGo is a nonogram (aka. picross) in Go.
  • tower-of-go is a tiny maze game that runs on the terminal.