Package tview implements rich widgets for terminal-based user interfaces. The widgets provided with this package are useful for data exploration and data entry: - TextView - Table - TreeView - List - InputField - DropDown - Checkbox - Button - Form - Modal - Grid - Flex - Pages

Programming language: Go
License: MIT License
Tags: Command Line     Advanced Console UIs     CLI     TUI     Console    

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Rich Interactive Widgets for Terminal UIs

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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
  • Editable multi-line text areas
  • 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 github.com/rivo/tview

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.

Projects using tview


Refer to https://pkg.go.dev/github.com/rivo/tview for the package's documentation. Also check out the Wiki.


This package is based on github.com/gdamore/tcell (and its dependencies) as well as on github.com/rivo/uniseg.

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Versioning and Backwards-Compatibility

I try really hard to keep this project backwards compatible. Your software should not break when you upgrade tview. But this also means that some of its shortcomings that were present in the initial versions will remain. In addition, at least for the time being, you won't find any version tags in this repo. The newest version should be the one to upgrade to. It has all the bugfixes and latest features. Having said that, backwards compatibility may still break when:

  • a new version of an imported package (most likely tcell) changes in such a way that forces me to make changes in tview as well,
  • I fix something that I consider a bug, rather than a feature, something that does not work as originally intended,
  • I make changes to "internal" interfaces such as Primitive. You shouldn't need these interfaces unless you're writing your own primitives for tview. (Yes, I realize these are public interfaces. This has advantages as well as disadvantages. For the time being, it is what it is.)

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