exit_curses - Linux


exit_curses is a command used to restore the terminal settings to their original state after exiting a curses application. Curses is a library that allows programs to control the terminal, such as handling cursor movement, screen formatting, and color manipulation. By default, curses initializes the terminal settings when a program starts and resets them when the program exits. However, sometimes it’s necessary to manually restore the terminal settings, especially if the program crashes or terminates abnormally.




This command does not take any options or flags.


Example 1: Restoring Terminal Settings

# Do some curses operations

In this example, exit_curses is called after the curses application (my_curses_program) terminates, ensuring that the terminal settings are restored.

Common Issues

Issue: Terminal settings are not restored after exiting a curses application.

Solution: Make sure to explicitly call exit_curses before exiting the program.


exit_curses is typically used as the last command in a curses program to ensure that the terminal settings are properly restored. It can be integrated into scripts or command chains where curses-based operations are performed.

Related Commands

  • ncurses – Library that provides curses functionality.
  • tput – Command for setting and querying terminal settings.