#tui #clap #terminal #widgets #box #text #input


Provides tui-rs widgets to output and text input which is parsed by clap

3 unstable releases

0.2.0 Nov 14, 2021
0.1.1 Sep 12, 2021
0.1.0 Sep 12, 2021

#121 in #tui

MIT license

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Input widgets are not supported by tui-rs out of the box. This crate provides an abstraction of input handling together with clap's command argument parsing.

Getting Started

tui-clap is providing two widgets (input and output) and takes care of parsing the input against a clap app. To get it work three points must be implemented manually:

  • fetching events must be included in the main loop
  • output and input widgets must be rendered
  • arg matches from clap must be handled

The following code demonstrates these three points.

fn main() -> Result<(), io::Error> {
    let yaml = load_yaml!("cli.yaml");
    let clapp = App::from(yaml);

    let stdout = io::stdout();
    let backend = CrosstermBackend::new(stdout);
    let mut terminal = Terminal::new(backend)?;

    // Create a TuiClap instance and pass over a function that handles the arg matches
    let mut tui = TuiClap::from_app(clapp);
    // handle events, Events struct is a helper struct to read from crossterm events
    let events = Events::default();
    loop {
        // your drawing method
        draw(&mut terminal, &mut tui)?;
        // handle events manually with the provided events struct, but you can use your own
        if let Ok(Some(Event::Key(key_event))) = events.next() {
            match key_event.code {
                KeyCode::Backspace => {
                KeyCode::Enter => {
                    if let Ok(matches) = tui.parse() {
                        match handle_matches(matches) {
                            Ok(output) => {
                                for message in output {
                            Err(err) => tui.write_to_output(err)
                KeyCode::Char(char) => {
                _ => {}

// your drawing method
fn draw<B: Backend>(terminal: &mut Terminal<B>, tui: &mut TuiClap) -> io::Result<()>{
    terminal.draw(|f| {
        let size = f.size();
        // render the input widget of tui-clap
        tui.render_input(f, size);
        // render the output widget of tui-clap
        tui.render_output(f, size);

// function that handles arg matches and returns a vec of strings that is pushed to the output widget
// return Ok() with vec of message that should be added to the output
// return Err(message) to display an error in the output
fn handle_matches(matches: ArgMatches) -> Result<Vec<String>, String> {}


See the example folder or run cargo run --example command


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