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A Haskell package providing support for 'ANSI' control character sequences for terminals on Unix-like operating systems and Windows
'ANSI' terminal escape code support for Haskell, which allows:
- Colored text output, with control over both foreground and background colors
- Clearing parts of a line or the screen
- Hiding or showing the cursor
- Moving the cursor around
- Reporting the position of the cursor
- Scrolling the screen up or down
- Changing the title of the terminal
By using emulation, it is compatible with versions of 'Command Prompt' and 'PowerShell' on Windows that did not recognise 'ANSI' escape codes before Windows 10 version 1511 was released in November 2015.
If you like this, you may be interested in ansi-wl-pprint, which provides a pretty-printer that can construct strings containing 'ANSI' colorisation.
Not all 'ANSI' escape codes are suported by this library but most (if not all) of the popular ones that are well-supported by terminal software are, including:
- Select Graphic Rendition mode (colors and other attributes):
- Clearing parts of the screen:
- Cursor visibility changes:
- Cursor movement by character:
- Cursor movement by line:
- Directly changing cursor position:
- Saving, restoring and reporting cursor position:
- Scrolling the screen:
- Changing the title:
Each supported escape code or family of codes has a corresponding function that comes in three variants:
- A straight
IOvariant that doesn't take a
Handleand just applies the escape code to
stdoutand any terminal attached to it
IOvariant similar to above, but which takes a
Handleto which the escape code should be applied
Stringvariant that returns a literal string that should be included to get the effect of the code. However, on Windows systems where emulation has been necessary, these strings will always be blank!
A full example is available, but for a taste of how the library works try the following code:
import System.Console.ANSI main = do setCursorPosition 5 0 setTitle "ANSI Terminal Short Example" setSGR [ SetConsoleIntensity BoldIntensity , SetColor Foreground Vivid Red ] putStr "Hello" setSGR [ SetConsoleIntensity NormalIntensity , SetColor Foreground Vivid White , SetColor Background Dull Blue ] putStrLn "World!"
Haddock documentation is available at Hackage.
The library is originally written by Max Bolingbroke
Oliver Charles is the backup maintainer. Please get in touch with him if the primary maintainers cannot be reached.