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endwin — suspend Curses session


#include <curses.h>

int endwin(void);


The endwin() function restores the terminal after Curses activity by at least restoring the saved shell terminal mode, flushing any output to the terminal and moving the cursor to the first column of the last line of the screen. Refreshing a window resumes program mode. The application must call endwin() for each terminal being used before exiting. If newterm() is called more than once for the same terminal, the first screen created must be the last one for which endwin() is called.


Upon successful completion, endwin() returns OK. Otherwise, it returns ERR.


No errors are defined.


The endwin() function does not free storage associated with a screen, so delscreen() should be called after endwin() if a particular screen is no longer needed.

To leave Curses mode temporarily, portable applications should call endwin(). Subsequently, to return to Curses mode, they should call doupdate(), refresh() or wrefresh().


First released in X/Open Curses, Issue 2.

X/Open Curses, Issue 4

The entry is rewritten for clarity. The argument list is explicitly declared as void.

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