curs_termattrs - Linux


curs_termattrs retrieves the capability attributes of a terminal, providing detailed information about its supported features and configuration options. It is commonly used for terminal introspection, customization, and debugging.


curs_termattrs [options] [terminal]


  • -h, –help: Display usage information and exit.
  • -V, –version: Print version information and exit.
  • -capabilities: Print a list of all available terminal capabilities.
  • -capability: Print the value of a specific terminal capability.
  • -dump: Dump all terminal attributes in a machine-readable format.
  • -file: Read terminal attributes from a file.
  • -stdin: Read terminal attributes from standard input.


  • List all available terminal capabilities:
curs_termattrs -capabilities
  • Print the value of the "screen length" capability:
curs_termattrs -capability lines
  • Dump all terminal attributes in JSON format:
curs_termattrs -dump -file output.json

Common Issues

  • Empty output: Check that your terminal correctly supports terminfo.
  • Inconsistent values: Terminal attributes can vary depending on the terminal emulator used.


curs_termattrs can be used with other commands for advanced terminal customization:

  • setterm: Set terminal attributes based on the output of curs_termattrs.
  • reset: Reset terminal attributes to their default values.

Related Commands

  • terminfo: Display information about the current terminfo database.
  • toe: Test terminal output capabilities.
  • tput: Execute terminfo capabilities.