ncurses (new curses) is a free software emulation of curses in
System V Rel 4.0 (and above). It uses terminfo format, supports pads,
colors, multiple highlights, form characters and function key mapping.
Because of the interactive nature of this library, it will be of little
use for writing Web applications, but may be useful when writing scripts meant
using PHP from the command line.
The features available, such as colors, depend on the terminal that
you are using. Use functions such as ncurses_has_colors(),
ncurses_has_ic() to check for individual capabilities.
This extension has been moved to the
» PECL repository and is no longer bundled with
PHP as of PHP 5.3.0.
ncurses is available for the following platforms:
- BSD variants (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD)
- Digital Unix (aka OSF1)
- Mac OS X
- SCO OpenServer