termios, tcgetattr, tcsetattr, tcsendbreak, tcdrain, tcflush, tcflow, cfmakeraw, cfgetospeed, cfgetispeed, cfsetispeed, cfsetospeed, cfsetspeed - get and set terminal attributes, line control, get and set baud rate
#include <termios.h> #include <unistd.h> int tcgetattr(int fd, struct termios *termios_p); int tcsetattr(int fd, int optional_actions, const struct termios *termios_p); int tcsendbreak(int fd, int duration); int tcdrain(int fd); int tcflush(int fd, int queue_selector); int tcflow(int fd, int action); void cfmakeraw(struct termios *termios_p); speed_t cfgetispeed(const struct termios *termios_p); speed_t cfgetospeed(const struct termios *termios_p); int cfsetispeed(struct termios *termios_p, speed_t speed); int cfsetospeed(struct termios *termios_p, speed_t speed); int cfsetspeed(struct termios *termios_p, speed_t speed);
Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
The termios functions describe a general terminal interface that is provided to control asynchronous communications ports.
Many of the functions described here have a
argument that is a pointer to a
termios structure. This
structure contains at least the following members:
tcflag_t c_iflag; /* input modes */ tcflag_t c_oflag; /* output modes */ tcflag_t c_cflag; /* control modes */ tcflag_t c_lflag; /* local modes */ cc_t c_cc[NCCS]; /* special characters */
The values that may be assigned to these fields are described below. In the case of the first four bit-mask fields, the definitions of some of the associated flags that may be set are exposed only if a specific feature test macro (see feature_test_macros(7)) is defined, as noted in brackets ("").
In the descriptions below, "not in POSIX" means that the value is not specified in POSIX.1-2001, and "XSI" means that the value is specified in POSIX.1-2001 as part of the XSI extension.
c_iflag flag constants:
Ignore BREAK condition on input.
If IGNBRK is set, a BREAK is ignored. If it is not set but BRKINT is set, then a BREAK causes the input and output queues to be flushed, and if the terminal is the controlling terminal of a foreground process group, it will cause a SIGINT to be sent to this foreground process group. When neither IGNBRK nor BRKINT are set, a BREAK reads as a null byte ('\0'), except when PARMRK is set, in which case it reads as the sequence \377 \0 \0.
Ignore framing errors and parity errors.
If this bit is set, input bytes with parity or framing errors are marked when passed to the program. This bit is meaningful only when INPCK is set and IGNPAR is not set. The way erroneous bytes are marked is with two preceding bytes, \377 and \0. Thus, the program actually reads three bytes for one erroneous byte received from the terminal. If a valid byte has the value \377, and ISTRIP (see below) is not set, the program might confuse it with the prefix that marks a parity error. Therefore, a valid byte \377 is passed to the program as two bytes, \377 \377, in this case.
If neither IGNPAR nor PARMRK is set, read a character with a parity error or framing error as \0.
Enable input parity checking.
Strip off eighth bit.
Translate NL to CR on input.
Ignore carriage return on input.
Translate carriage return to newline on input (unless IGNCR is set).
(not in POSIX) Map uppercase characters to lowercase on input.
Enable XON/XOFF flow control on output.
(XSI) Typing any character will restart stopped output. (The default is to allow just the START character to restart output.)
Enable XON/XOFF flow control on input.
(not in POSIX) Ring bell when input queue is full. Linux does not implement this bit, and acts as if it is always set.
(not in POSIX) Input is UTF8; this allows character-erase to be correctly performed in cooked mode.
c_oflag flag constants:
Enable implementation-defined output processing.
(not in POSIX) Map lowercase characters to uppercase on output.
(XSI) Map NL to CR-NL on output.
Map CR to NL on output.
Don't output CR at column 0.
Don't output CR.
Send fill characters for a delay, rather than using a timed delay.
Fill character is ASCII DEL (0177). If unset, fill character is ASCII NUL ('\0'). (Not implemented on Linux.)
Newline delay mask. Values are NL0 and NL1. [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE or _XOPEN_SOURCE]
Carriage return delay mask. Values are CR0, CR1, CR2, or CR3. [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE or _XOPEN_SOURCE]
Horizontal tab delay mask. Values are TAB0, TAB1, TAB2, TAB3 (or XTABS, but see the BUGS section). A value of TAB3, that is, XTABS, expands tabs to spaces (with tab stops every eight columns). [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE or _XOPEN_SOURCE]
Backspace delay mask. Values are BS0 or BS1. (Has never been implemented.) [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE or _XOPEN_SOURCE]
Vertical tab delay mask. Values are VT0 or VT1.
Form feed delay mask. Values are FF0 or FF1. [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE or _XOPEN_SOURCE]
c_cflag flag constants:
(not in POSIX) Baud speed mask (4+1 bits). [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE]
(not in POSIX) Extra baud speed mask (1 bit), included in CBAUD. [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE]
(POSIX says that the baud speed is stored in the
structure without specifying where precisely, and provides
cfgetispeed() and cfsetispeed() for
getting at it. Some systems use bits selected by CBAUD
c_cflag, other systems use separate fields, for example,
Character size mask. Values are CS5, CS6, CS7, or CS8.
Set two stop bits, rather than one.
Enable parity generation on output and parity checking for input.
If set, then parity for input and output is odd; otherwise even parity is used.
Lower modem control lines after last process closes the device (hang up).
Ignore modem control lines.
(not in POSIX) Block output from a noncurrent shell layer. For use by shl (shell layers). (Not implemented on Linux.)
(not in POSIX) Mask for input speeds. The values for the CIBAUD bits are the same as the values for the CBAUD bits, shifted left IBSHIFT bits. [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE] (Not implemented on Linux.)
(not in POSIX) Use "stick" (mark/space) parity (supported on certain serial devices): if PARODD is set, the parity bit is always 1; if PARODD is not set, then the parity bit is always 0. [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE]
(not in POSIX) Enable RTS/CTS (hardware) flow control. [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE]
c_lflag flag constants:
When any of the characters INTR, QUIT, SUSP, or DSUSP are received, generate the corresponding signal.
Enable canonical mode (described below).
(not in POSIX; not supported under Linux) If ICANON is also set, terminal is uppercase only. Input is converted to lowercase, except for characters preceded by \. On output, uppercase characters are preceded by \ and lowercase characters are converted to uppercase. [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE or _XOPEN_SOURCE]
Echo input characters.
If ICANON is also set, the ERASE character erases the preceding input character, and WERASE erases the preceding word.
If ICANON is also set, the KILL character erases the current line.
If ICANON is also set, echo the NL character even if ECHO is not set.
(not in POSIX) If ECHO is also set, terminal special characters other than TAB, NL, START, and STOP are echoed as ^X, where X is the character with ASCII code 0x40 greater than the special character. For example, character 0x08 (BS) is echoed as ^H. [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE]
(not in POSIX) If ICANON and ECHO are also set, characters are printed as they are being erased. [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE]
(not in POSIX) If ICANON is also set, KILL is echoed by erasing each character on the line, as specified by ECHOE and ECHOPRT. [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE]
(not in POSIX) Echo only when a process is reading. (Not implemented on Linux.)
(not in POSIX; not supported under Linux) Output is being flushed. This flag is toggled by typing the DISCARD character. [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE]
Disable flushing the input and output queues when generating signals for the INT, QUIT, and SUSP characters.
Send the SIGTTOU signal to the process group of a background process which tries to write to its controlling terminal.
(not in POSIX; not supported under Linux) All characters in the input queue are reprinted when the next character is read. (bash(1) handles typeahead this way.) [requires _BSD_SOURCE or _SVID_SOURCE]
Enable implementation-defined input processing. This flag, as well as ICANON must be enabled for the special characters EOL2, LNEXT, REPRINT, WERASE to be interpreted, and for the IUCLC flag to be effective.
c_cc array defines the terminal special characters. The
symbolic indices (initial values) and meaning are:
(not in POSIX; not supported under Linux; 017, SI, Ctrl-O) Toggle: start/stop discarding pending output. Recognized when IEXTEN is set, and then not passed as input.
(not in POSIX; not supported under Linux; 031, EM, Ctrl-Y) Delayed suspend character (DSUSP): send SIGTSTP signal when the character is read by the user program. Recognized when IEXTEN and ISIG are set, and the system supports job control, and then not passed as input.
(004, EOT, Ctrl-D) End-of-file character (EOF). More precisely: this character causes the pending tty buffer to be sent to the waiting user program without waiting for end-of-line. If it is the first character of the line, the read(2) in the user program returns 0, which signifies end-of-file. Recognized when ICANON is set, and then not passed as input.
(0, NUL) Additional end-of-line character (EOL). Recognized when ICANON is set.
(not in POSIX; 0, NUL) Yet another end-of-line character (EOL2). Recognized when ICANON is set.
(0177, DEL, rubout, or 010, BS, Ctrl-H, or also #) Erase character (ERASE). This erases the previous not-yet-erased character, but does not erase past EOF or beginning-of-line. Recognized when ICANON is set, and then not passed as input.
(003, ETX, Ctrl-C, or also 0177, DEL, rubout) Interrupt character (INTR). Send a SIGINT signal. Recognized when ISIG is set, and then not passed as input.
(025, NAK, Ctrl-U, or Ctrl-X, or also @) Kill character (KILL). This erases the input since the last EOF or beginning-of-line. Recognized when ICANON is set, and then not passed as input.
(not in POSIX; 026, SYN, Ctrl-V) Literal next (LNEXT). Quotes the next input character, depriving it of a possible special meaning. Recognized when IEXTEN is set, and then not passed as input.
Minimum number of characters for noncanonical read (MIN).
(034, FS, Ctrl-\) Quit character (QUIT). Send SIGQUIT signal. Recognized when ISIG is set, and then not passed as input.
(not in POSIX; 022, DC2, Ctrl-R) Reprint unread characters (REPRINT). Recognized when ICANON and IEXTEN are set, and then not passed as input.
(021, DC1, Ctrl-Q) Start character (START). Restarts output stopped by the Stop character. Recognized when IXON is set, and then not passed as input.
(not in POSIX; not supported under Linux; status request: 024, DC4, Ctrl-T). Status character (STATUS). Display status information at terminal, including state of foreground process and amount of CPU time it has consumed. Also sends a SIGINFO signal (not supported on Linux) to the foreground process group.
(023, DC3, Ctrl-S) Stop character (STOP). Stop output until Start character typed. Recognized when IXON is set, and then not passed as input.
(032, SUB, Ctrl-Z) Suspend character (SUSP). Send SIGTSTP signal. Recognized when ISIG is set, and then not passed as input.
(not in POSIX; not supported under Linux; 0, NUL) Switch character
(SWTCH). Used in System V to switch shells in
shell layers, a
predecessor to shell job control.
Timeout in deciseconds for noncanonical read (TIME).
(not in POSIX; 027, ETB, Ctrl-W) Word erase (WERASE). Recognized when ICANON and IEXTEN are set, and then not passed as input.
An individual terminal special character can be disabled by setting
the value of the corresponding
c_cc element to
The above symbolic subscript values are all different, except that VTIME, VMIN may have the same value as VEOL, VEOF, respectively. In noncanonical mode the special character meaning is replaced by the timeout meaning. For an explanation of VMIN and VTIME, see the description of noncanonical mode below.
tcgetattr() gets the parameters associated with the
object referred by
fd and stores them in the
structure referenced by
termios_p. This function may be invoked
from a background process; however, the terminal attributes may be
subsequently changed by a foreground process.
tcsetattr() sets the parameters associated with the
terminal (unless support is required from the underlying hardware that
is not available) from the
termios structure referred to by
optional_actions specifies when the changes
the change occurs immediately.
the change occurs after all output written to
fd has been
transmitted. This option should be used when changing parameters that
the change occurs after all output written to the object referred by
fd has been transmitted, and all input that has been received
but not read will be discarded before the change is made.
The setting of the ICANON canon flag in
c_lflag determines whether the terminal is operating in
canonical mode (ICANON set) or noncanonical mode
(ICANON unset). By default, ICANON is
In canonical mode:
Input is made available line by line. An input line is available when one of the line delimiters is typed (NL, EOL, EOL2; or EOF at the start of line). Except in the case of EOF, the line delimiter is included in the buffer returned by read(2).
Line editing is enabled (ERASE, KILL; and if the IEXTEN flag is set: WERASE, REPRINT, LNEXT). A read(2) returns at most one line of input; if the read(2) requested fewer bytes than are available in the current line of input, then only as many bytes as requested are read, and the remaining characters will be available for a future read(2).
The maximum line length is 4096 chars (including the terminating newline character); lines longer than 4096 chars are truncated. After 4095 characters, input processing (e.g., ISIG and ECHO* processing) continues, but any input data after 4095 characters up to (but not including) any terminating newline is discarded. This ensures that the terminal can always receive more input until at least one line can be read.
In noncanonical mode input is available immediately (without the user
having to type a line-delimiter character), no input processing is
performed, and line editing is disabled. The read buffer will only
accept 4095 chars; this provides the necessary space for a newline char
if the input mode is switched to canonical. The settings of MIN
c_cc[VMIN]) and TIME (
c_cc[VTIME]) determine the
circumstances in which a read(2) completes; there are
four distinct cases:
read(2) blocks until MIN bytes are available, and returns up to the number of bytes requested.
TIME specifies the limit for a timer in tenths of a second. The timer is started when read(2) is called. read(2) returns either when at least one byte of data is available, or when the timer expires. If the timer expires without any input becoming available, read(2) returns 0. If data is already available at the time of the call to read(2), the call behaves as though the data was received immediately after the call.
TIME specifies the limit for a timer in tenths of a second. Once an initial byte of input becomes available, the timer is restarted after each further byte is received. read(2) returns when any of the following conditions is met:
MIN bytes have been received.
The interbyte timer expires.
Because the timer is started only after the initial byte becomes available, at least one byte will be read. If data is already available at the time of the call to read(2), the call behaves as though the data was received immediately after the call.
POSIX does not specify whether the setting of the
O_NONBLOCK file status flag takes precedence over the
MIN and TIME settings. If O_NONBLOCK is set, a
read(2) in noncanonical mode may return immediately,
regardless of the setting of MIN or TIME. Furthermore, if no data is
available, POSIX permits a read(2) in noncanonical mode
to return either 0, or -1 with
errno set to
cfmakeraw() sets the terminal to something like the "raw" mode of the old Version 7 terminal driver: input is available character by character, echoing is disabled, and all special processing of terminal input and output characters is disabled. The terminal attributes are set as follows:
termios_p->c_iflag &= ~(IGNBRK | BRKINT | PARMRK | ISTRIP | INLCR | IGNCR | ICRNL | IXON); termios_p->c_oflag &= ~OPOST; termios_p->c_lflag &= ~(ECHO | ECHONL | ICANON | ISIG | IEXTEN); termios_p->c_cflag &= ~(CSIZE | PARENB); termios_p->c_cflag |= CS8;
tcsendbreak() transmits a continuous stream of
zero-valued bits for a specific duration, if the terminal is using
asynchronous serial data transmission. If
duration is zero, it
transmits zero-valued bits for at least 0.25 seconds, and not more than
0.5 seconds. If
duration is not zero, it sends zero-valued bits
for some implementation-defined length of time.
If the terminal is not using asynchronous serial data transmission, tcsendbreak() returns without taking any action.
tcdrain() waits until all output written to the
object referred to by
fd has been transmitted.
tcflush() discards data written to the object
referred to by
fd but not transmitted, or data received but not
read, depending on the value of
flushes data received but not read.
flushes data written but not transmitted.
flushes both data received but not read, and data written but not transmitted.
tcflow() suspends transmission or reception of data
on the object referred to by
fd, depending on the value of
restarts suspended output.
transmits a STOP character, which stops the terminal device from transmitting data to the system.
transmits a START character, which starts the terminal device transmitting data to the system.
The default on open of a terminal file is that neither its input nor its output is suspended.
The baud rate functions are provided for getting and setting the
values of the input and output baud rates in the
structure. The new values do not take effect until
tcsetattr() is successfully called.
Setting the speed to B0 instructs the modem to "hang up". The actual bit rate corresponding to B38400 may be altered with setserial(8).
The input and output baud rates are stored in the
cfgetospeed() returns the output baud rate stored in
termios structure pointed to by
cfsetospeed() sets the output baud rate stored in
termios structure pointed to by
speed, which must be one of these constants:
B0 B50 B75 B110 B134 B150 B200 B300 B600 B1200 B1800 B2400 B4800 B9600 B19200 B38400 B57600 B115200 B230400
The zero baud rate, B0, is used to terminate the connection. If B0 is specified, the modem control lines shall no longer be asserted. Normally, this will disconnect the line. CBAUDEX is a mask for the speeds beyond those defined in POSIX.1 (57600 and above). Thus, B57600 & CBAUDEX is nonzero.
cfgetispeed() returns the input baud rate stored in
cfsetispeed() sets the input baud rate stored in the
termios structure to
speed, which must be specified as
one of the Bnnn constants listed above for
cfsetospeed(). If the input baud rate is set to zero,
the input baud rate will be equal to the output baud rate.
cfgetispeed() returns the input baud rate stored in
cfgetospeed() returns the output baud rate stored in
All other functions return:
on failure and set
errno to indicate the error.
Note that tcsetattr() returns success if
any of the requested changes could be successfully carried out.
Therefore, when making multiple changes it may be necessary to follow
this call with a further call to tcgetattr() to check
that all changes have been performed successfully.
UNIX V7 and several later systems have a list of baud rates where after the fourteen values B0, ..., B9600 one finds the two constants EXTA, EXTB ("External A" and "External B"). Many systems extend the list with much higher baud rates.
The effect of a nonzero
tcsendbreak() varies. SunOS specifies a break of
duration * N seconds, where
N is at least 0.25, and
not more than 0.5. Linux, AIX, DU, Tru64 send a break of
duration milliseconds. FreeBSD and NetBSD and HP-UX and MacOS
ignore the value of
duration. Under Solaris and UnixWare,
tcsendbreak() with nonzero
On the Alpha architecture before Linux 4.16 (and glibc before 2.28), the XTABS value was different from TAB3 and it was ignored by the N_TTY line discipline code of the terminal driver as a result (because as it wasn't part of the TABDLY mask).
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