key_defined.3x - Man Page

test whether a curses keycode is defined


#include <curses.h>

int key_defined(const char *definition);


This is an extension to the curses library. It permits an application to determine if a string is currently bound to any keycode.

Return Value

If the string is bound to a keycode, its value (greater than zero) is returned. If no keycode is bound, zero is returned. If the string conflicts with longer strings which are bound to keys, -1 is returned.


This routine is specific to ncurses. It was not supported on Version 7, BSD or System V implementations. It is recommended that any code depending on them be conditioned using NCURSES_VERSION.


Thomas Dickey

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2023-12-16 ncurses 6.4 Library calls