nick black



notcurses_stop - free up resources and restore initial terminal state


#include <notcurses/notcurses.h>

int notcurses_stop(struct notcurses* nc);


notcurses_stop frees up any resources associated with the struct notcurses provided as nc, and attempts to restore the terminal to its state prior to calling notcurses_init(3). It also unregisters any signal handlers put into place by notcurses_init(3). nc must not be used following the call, and all references to ncplanes, cells, etc. are invalidated.

Once the terminal has been reset, a summary of runtime and performance is printed, unless NCOPTION_SUPPRESS_BANNERS was provided to notcurses_init(3).

The first step taken by notcurses_stop is a call to the internal function notcurses_stop_minimal. This is the same function called by the fatal signal handlers installed in the absence of NCOPTION_NO_QUIT_SIGHANDLERS. This function:

Respectively, these restore the default colorpair to its original value (op), turn off all text attributes (sgr0), restore the default palette (oc), exit the alternate screen (rmcup), and restore the cursor to its default appearance (cnorm).

It is legal to pass NULL to notcurses_stop. This is a no-op.


Behavior is undefined if other threads are working with nc when or after this function is called. It is unlikely to be good.


On success, 0 is returned. Otherwise, a negative value is returned.


notcurses(3), notcurses_init(3), terminfo(5)