ansi-terminal: Simple ANSI terminal support, with Windows compatibility

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ANSI terminal support for Haskell: allows cursor movement, screen clearing, color output, showing or hiding the cursor, and changing the title. Works on UNIX and Windows.

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Dependencies ansi-terminal, base (>= && <5), base-compat (>=0.9.1), colour, containers (>=, Win32 (>=2.0) [details]
License BSD-3-Clause
Author Max Bolingbroke
Maintainer Mike Pilgrem <>, Roman Cheplyaka <>
Category User Interfaces
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Uploaded by mpilgrem at Sat Mar 3 12:41:32 UTC 2018
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Executables ansi-terminal-example
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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): setSGR
  • Clearing parts of the screen: clearFromCursorToScreenEnd, clearFromCursorToScreenBeginning, clearScreen, clearFromCursorToLineEnd, clearFromCursorToLineBeginning and clearLine
  • Cursor visibility changes: hideCursor and showCursor
  • Cursor movement by character: cursorUp, cursorDown, cursorForward and cursorBackward
  • Cursor movement by line: cursorUpLine and cursorDownLine
  • Directly changing cursor position: setCursorColumn and setCursorPosition
  • Saving, restoring and reporting cursor position: saveCursor, restoreCursor and reportCursorPosition
  • Scrolling the screen: scrollPageUp and scrollPageDown
  • Changing the title: setTitle

Each supported escape code or family of codes has a corresponding function that comes in three variants:

  • A straight IO variant that doesn't take a Handle and just applies the escape code to stdout and any terminal attached to it
  • An IO variant similar to above, but which takes a Handle to which the escape code should be applied
  • A String variant 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


Mike Pilgrem and Roman Cheplyaka are the primary maintainers.

Oliver Charles is the backup maintainer. Please get in touch with him if the primary maintainers cannot be reached.