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Rich Interactive Widgets for Terminal UIs

Godoc Reference Go Report

This Go package provides commonly needed components for terminal based user interfaces.


Among these components are:

  • Input forms (include input/password fields, drop-down selections, checkboxes, and buttons)
  • Navigable multi-color text views
  • Sophisticated navigable table views
  • Flexible tree views
  • Selectable lists
  • Grid, Flexbox and page layouts
  • Modal message windows
  • An application wrapper

They come with lots of customization options and can be easily extended to fit your needs.


go get

Hello World

This basic example creates a box titled "Hello, World!" and displays it in your terminal:

package main

import (

func main() {
	box := tview.NewBox().SetBorder(true).SetTitle("Hello, world!")
	if err := tview.NewApplication().SetRoot(box, true).Run(); err != nil {

Check out the GitHub Wiki for more examples along with screenshots. Or try the examples in the "demos" subdirectory.

For a presentation highlighting this package, compile and run the program found in the "demos/presentation" subdirectory.


Refer to for the package's documentation.


This package is based on (and its dependencies) as well as on

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Version History

(There are no corresponding tags in the project. I only keep such a history in this README.)

  • v0.19 (2018-10-28)
    • Added QueueUpdate() and QueueEvent() to Application to help with modifications to primitives from goroutines.
  • v0.18 (2018-10-18)
    • InputField elements can now be navigated freely.
  • v0.17 (2018-06-20)
    • Added TreeView.
  • v0.15 (2018-05-02)
    • Flex and Grid don't clear their background per default, thus allowing for custom modals. See the Wiki for an example.
  • v0.14 (2018-04-13)
    • Added an Escape() function which keep strings like color or region tags from being recognized as such.
    • Added ANSIWriter() and TranslateANSI() which convert ANSI escape sequences to tview color tags.
  • v0.13 (2018-04-01)
    • Added background colors and text attributes to color tags.
  • v0.12 (2018-03-13)
    • Added "suspended mode" to Application.
  • v0.11 (2018-03-02)
    • Added a RemoveItem() function to Grid and Flex.
  • v0.10 (2018-02-22)
    • Direct access to the screen object through callback in Box (i.e. for all primitives).
  • v0.9 (2018-02-20)
    • Introduced Grid layout.
    • Direct access to the screen object through callbacks in Application.
  • v0.8 (2018-01-17)
    • Color tags can now be used almost everywhere.
  • v0.7 (2018-01-16)
    • Forms can now also have a horizontal layout.
  • v0.6 (2018-01-14)
    • All primitives can now intercept all key events when they have focus.
    • Key events can also be intercepted globally (changed to a more general, consistent handling)
  • v0.5 (2018-01-13)
    • TextView now has word wrapping and text alignment
  • v0.4 (2018-01-12)
    • TextView now accepts color tags with any W3C color (including RGB hex values).
    • Support for wide unicode characters.
  • v0.3 (2018-01-11)
    • Added masking to InputField and password entry to Form.
  • v0.2 (2018-01-10)
    • Added Styles variable with default colors for primitives.
    • Completed some missing InputField functions.
  • v0.1 (2018-01-06)
    • First Release.