It is highly recommended to run Scinterm in a UTF-8-aware terminal with a font that supports many UTF-8 characters (“DejaVu Sans Mono” is one of them), since Scinterm makes use of UTF-8 characters when drawing wrap symbols, some marker symbols, and call tip arrows.
- Scinterm 5.x requires Scintilla 5.3.0 - 5.x.
- Scinterm 4.x requires Scintilla 5.3.0 - 5.x.
- Scinterm 3.2 requires Scintilla 5.1.4 - 5.2.4.
- Scinterm 3.1 requires Scintilla 5.1.0 - 5.1.1.
- Scinterm 3.0 requires Scintilla 3.20.0 - 3.21.0.
- Scinterm 2.0 requires Scintilla 3.20.0 - 3.21.0.
- Scinterm 1.12 requires Scintilla 3.11.0 - 3.11.2.
- Scinterm 1.11 requires Scintilla 3.10.0 - 3.10.6.
- Scinterm 1.10 requires Scintilla 3.8.0.
- Scinterm 1.9 requires Scintilla 3.7.5 - 3.7.6.
- Scinterm 1.8 requires Scintilla 3.6.3 - 3.7.4.
- Scinterm 1.7 requires Scintilla 3.6.3 - 3.7.4.
- Scinterm 1.6 requires Scintilla 3.5.5 - 3.6.2.
- Scinterm 1.5 requires Scintilla 3.5.2 - 3.5.4.
- Scinterm 1.4 requires Scintilla 3.5.0 - 3.5.1.
- Scinterm 1.3 requires Scintilla 3.4.2 - 3.4.4.
- Scinterm 1.2 requires Scintilla 3.3.7 - 3.4.1.
- Scinterm 1.1 requires Scintilla 3.2.2 - 3.3.6.
- Scinterm 1.0 requires Scintilla 3.2.2 - 3.3.6.
Scinterm releases can be found here.
After downloading Scinterm, it is recommended to unzip it into the top-level directory of an
instance of Scintilla, similar to other Scintilla platforms like gtk/ and win32/. After
that, go into the Scinterm directory and run
make patch followed by
make to build the usual
You can optionally build the demo application, jinx, by going into jinx/ and running
make. Pressing the
q key quits the demo. Note that the demo assumes lexilla
is a sibling to the ../../../scintilla directory, and that it has been built
(i.e. ../../../lexilla/bin/liblexilla.so exists).
Scinterm’s Application Programming Interface (API) documentation is located in the project’s docs/ directory and covers how to create and interact with a Scintilla widget in a terminal application.
Scinterm lacks some Scintilla features due to the terminal’s constraints:
- Any settings with alpha values are not supported.
- Autocompletion lists cannot show images (pixmap surfaces are not supported). Instead, they
show the first character in the string passed to
- Buffered drawing is not supported.
- Caret settings like period, line style, and width are not supported (terminals use block carets with their own period definitions).
- Code pages other than UTF-8 have not been tested and it is possible some curses implementations do not support them.
- Drag and drop is not supported.
- Edge lines are not displayed properly (the line is drawn over by text lines).
- Extra ascent and descent for lines is not supported.
- Fold lines cannot be drawn above or below lines.
- Hotspot underlines are not drawn on mouse hover (
surface->FillRectangle()is not supported).
- Indicators other than
INDIC_STRAIGHTBOXare not drawn (
surface->FillRectangle()are not supported for drawing indicator shapes and pixmap surfaces are not supported). Translucent drawing and rounded corners are not supported either.
- Some complex marker types are not drawn properly or at all (pixmap surfaces are not supported
surface->LineTo()is not supported for drawing some marker shapes).
- Mouse cursor types are not supported.
- Up to 16 colors are supported, regardless of how many colors the terminal supports. They are
(in “0xBBGGRR” format): black (
0x000000), red (
0x000080), green (
0x008000), yellow (
0x008080), blue (
0x800000), magenta (
0x800080), cyan (
0x808000), white (
0xC0C0C0), light black (
0x404040), light red (
0x0000FF), light green (
0x00FF00), light yellow (
0x00FFFF), light blue (
0xFF0000), light magenta (
0xFF00FF), light cyan (
0xFFFF00), and light white (
0xFFFFFF). Even if your terminal uses a different color map, you must use these color values with Scintilla; unrecognized colors are set to white by default. For some terminals, you may need to set a lexer style’s
boldattribute in order to use the light color variant.
- Some styles settings like font name, font size, and italic do not display properly (terminals use one only font, size and variant).
- X selections (primary and secondary) are not integrated into the clipboard.
- Zoom is not supported (terminal font size is fixed).
- When using the mouse in the Windows console, Shift+Double-click extends selections and quadruple-clicking inside a selection collapses it.