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ttyper is a terminal-based typing test built with Rust and Ratatui.



pre-built binaries

Pre-built binaries are available for most architectures on GitHub releases. If your system is not supported or you have another problem, feel free to open an issue.


cargo install ttyper

arch linux

pacman -S ttyper


scoop install ttyper


For usage instructions, you can run ttyper --help:

ttyper 1.5.0
Terminal-based typing test.

    ttyper [FLAGS] [OPTIONS] [contents]

    -d, --debug             
    -h, --help              Prints help information
        --list-languages    List installed languages
        --no-backtrack      Disable backtracking to completed words
        --sudden-death      Enable sudden death mode to restart on first error
    -V, --version           Prints version information

    -c, --config <config>                  Use config file
    -l, --language <language>              Specify test language
        --language-file <language-file>    Specify test language in file
    -w, --words <words>                    Specify word count [default: 50]



command test contents
ttyper 50 of the 200 most common english words
ttyper -w 100 100 of the 200 most common English words
ttyper -w 100 -l english1000 100 of the 1000 most common English words
ttyper --language-file lang 50 random words from the file lang
ttyper text.txt contents of text.txt split at newlines


The following languages are available by default:

name description
c The C programming language
csharp The C# programming language
english100 100 most common English words
english200 200 most common English words
english1000 1000 most common English words
english-advanced Advanced English words
english-pirate 50 pirate speak English words
german 207 most common German words
german1000 1000 most common German words
german10000 10000 most common German words
go The Go programming language
html HyperText Markup Language
java The Java programming language
javascript The Javascript programming language
norwegian 200 most common Norwegian words
php The PHP programming language
portuguese 100 most common Portuguese words
python The Python programming language
qt The QT GUI framework
ruby The Ruby programming language
rust The Rust programming language
spanish 100 most common Spanish words
ukrainian 100 most common Ukrainian words

Additional languages can be added by creating a file in TTYPER_CONFIG_DIR/language with a word on each line. On Linux, the config directory is $HOME/.config/ttyper; on Windows, it's C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\ttyper; and on macOS it's $HOME/Library/Application Support/ttyper.


Configuration is specified by the config.toml file in the config directory (e.g. $HOME/.config/ttyper/config.toml).

The default values with explanations are below:

# the language used when one is not manually specified
default_language = "english200"

# default style (this includes empty cells)
default = "none"

# title text styling
title = "white;bold"

## test styles ##

# input box border
input_border = "cyan"
# prompt box border
prompt_border = "green"

# correctly typed words
prompt_correct = "green"
# incorrectly typed words
prompt_incorrect = "red"
# untyped words
prompt_untyped = "gray"

# correctly typed letters in current word
prompt_current_correct = "green;bold"
# incorrectly typed letters in current word
prompt_current_incorrect = "red;bold"
# untyped letters in current word
prompt_current_untyped = "blue;bold"

# cursor character
prompt_cursor = "none;underlined"

## results styles ##

# overview text
results_overview = "cyan;bold"
# overview border
results_overview_border = "cyan"

# worst keys text
results_worst_keys = "cyan;bold"
# worst keys border
results_worst_keys_border = "cyan"

# results chart default (includes plotted data)
results_chart = "cyan"
# results chart x-axis label
results_chart_x = "cyan"
# results chart y-axis label
results_chart_y = "gray;italic"

# restart/quit prompt in results ui
results_restart_prompt = "gray;italic"

style format

The configuration uses a custom style format which can specify most ANSI escape styling codes, encoded as a string.

Styles begin with the color specification, which can be a single color (the foreground), or two colors seperated by a colon (the foreground and background). Colors can be one of sixteen specified by your terminal, a 24-bit hex color code, none, or reset.

After the colors, you can optionally specify modifiers seperated by a semicolon. A list of modifiers is below:

  • bold
  • crossed_out
  • dim
  • hidden
  • italic
  • rapid_blink
  • slow_blink
  • reversed
  • underlined

Some examples:

  • blue:white;italic specifies italic blue text on a white background.
  • none;italic;bold;underlined specifies underlined, italicized, and bolded text with no set color or background.
  • 00ff00:000000 specifies text of color #00ff00 (pure green) on a background of #000000 (pure black).

In extended Backus-Naur form:

style     = colors, { ";", modifier }, [ ";" ] ;

colors    = color, [ ":", color ] ;
color     = "none"
          | "reset"
          | "black"
          | "white"
          | "red"
          | "green"
          | "yellow"
          | "blue"
          | "magenta"
          | "cyan"
          | "gray"
          | "darkgray"
          | "lightred"
          | "lightgreen"
          | "lightyellow"
          | "lightblue"
          | "lightmagenta"
          | "lightcyan"
          | 6 * hex digit ;
hex digit = ? hexadecimal digit; 1-9, a-z, and A-Z ? ;

modifier  = "bold"
          | "crossed_out"
          | "dim"
          | "hidden"
          | "italic"
          | "rapid_blink"
          | "slow_blink"
          | "reversed"
          | "underlined" ;

If you're familiar with serde, you can also read the deserialization code.


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