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console.obj exports the following functions

typedef unsigned long dword; /* 32-bit unsigned integer */
typedef unsigned short word; /* 16-bit unsigned integer */


Console initialization. Must be called only once.

void __stdcall con_init(dword wnd_width, dword wnd_height, dword scr_width, dword scr_height, const char* title);


wnd_width, wnd_height - width and height (in units of characters) of the visible region;
scr_width, scr_height - width and height (in units of characters) of console;

Any of these four parameters can be set to -1 (=0xFFFFFFFF) to use the library's default values;

title - console window's caption.


You should call this funstion at the end of the program.

void __stdcall con_exit(bool bCloseWindow);


If bCloseWindow is zero, the string "[Finished]" will be added to the caption of the window and the console window will remain on the screen until the user closes it.


Set new window caption.

void __stdcall con_set_title(const char* title);


Display ASCIIZ-string to the console at the current position, shifting the current position.

void __stdcall con_write_asciiz(const char* string);


Similar to con_write_asciiz, but length of the string must be given as a separate parameter

void __stdcall con_write_string(const char* string, dword length);


Standard "printf" function from ANSI C.

int __cdecl con_printf(const char* format, ...)


Get output flags.

dword __stdcall con_get_flags(void);


Set output flags.

dword __stdcall con_set_flags(dword new_flags);

This function returns previous values. Flags (bitmask): /* text color */

  1. define CON_COLOR_BLUE 0x01
  2. define CON_COLOR_GREEN 0x02
  3. define CON_COLOR_RED 0x04
  4. define CON_COLOR_BRIGHT 0x08

/* background color */

  1. define CON_BGR_BLUE 0x10
  2. define CON_BGR_GREEN 0x20
  3. define CON_BGR_RED 0x40
  4. define CON_BGR_BRIGHT 0x80

/* output controls */

  1. define CON_IGNORE_SPECIALS 0x100

/* if this flag is cleared, function interprets special characters: 10 ('\n') - next line 13 ('\r') - carriage return 8 ('\b') - backspace 9 ('\t') - tab 27 ('\033' = '\x1B') - the beginning of Esc-sequences; otherwise, these characters will be displayed like ordinary characters. */ /* Supported Esc-sequences: Esc[<number1>;<number2>;<number3>m - choice of character attributes: You can specify one, two or three codes in any order; 0 = normal mode (white on black) 1 = bright selection 5 = bright background 7 = inverse mode (black on white) 30 = black characters 31 = red characters 32 = green characters 33 = brown characters 34 = blue characters 35 = purple characters 36 = turqoise characters 37 = white characters 40 = black background 41 = red background 42 = green background 43 = brown background 44 = blue background 45 = purple background 46 = turqoise background 47 = white background The following sequences appeared in version 5 of library: Esc[2J - clear screen, move cursor to upper left corner Esc[<number1>;<number2>H = Esc[<number1>;<number2>f - move cursor to <number1>,<number2> Esc[<number>A - move cursor to <number> lines up Esc[<number>B - move cursor to <number> lines down Esc[<number>C - move cursor to <number> positions right Esc[<number>D - move cursor to <number> positions left

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/* signal "console closed"; appeared in version 6; ignored by con_set_flags */

  1. define CON_WINDOW_CLOSED 0x200

The default value for flags = 7. (grey text on black background)


Get the height of the font.

int __stdcall con_get_font_height(void);


Get the height of the cursor.

int __stdcall con_get_cursor_height(void);


Set the height of the cursor.

int __stdcall con_set_cursor_height(int new_height);

This function returns the previous value. An attempt to set the value out of the correct interval (from 0 to font_height-1) is ignored. Cursor with zero height isn't displayed. Default value: - 15% from font height.


Get one character from the keyboard.

int __stdcall con_getch(void);

For normal characters function returns ASCII-code. For extended characters (eg, Fx, and arrows), first function call returns 0 and second call returns the extended code (similar to the DOS-function input). Starting from version 7, after closing the console window, this function returns 0.


Reads a character from the keyboard.

word __stdcall con_getch2(void);

Low byte contains the ASCII-code (0 for extended characters), high byte - advanced code (like in BIOS input functions). Starting from version 7, after closing the console window, this function returns 0.


Returns 1 if a key was pressed, 0 otherwise.

int __stdcall con_kbhit(void);

To read pressed keys use con_getch and con_getch2. Starting from version 6, after closing the console window, this function returns 1.


Reads a string from the keyboard.

char* __stdcall con_gets(char* str, int n);

Reading is interrupted when got "new line" character, or after reading the (n-1) characters (depending on what comes first). In the first case the newline is also recorded in the str. The acquired line is complemented by a null character. Starting from version 6, the function returns a pointer to the entered line if reading was successful, and NULL if the console window was closed.


Con_gets completely analogous, except that when the user press unrecognized key, it calls the specified callback-procedure (which may, for example, handle up / down for history and tab to enter autocompletion).

typedef int (__stdcall * con_gets2_callback)(int keycode, char** pstr, int* pn, int* ppos);
char* __stdcall con_gets2(con_gets2_callback callback, char* str, int n);

You should pass to the procedure: key code and three pointers - to the string, to the maximum length and to the current position. function may change the contents of string and may change the string itself (for example, to reallocate memory for increase the limit), maximum length, and position of the line - pointers are passed for it. Return value: 0 = line wasn't changed 1 = line changed, you should remove old string and display new, 2 = line changed, it is necessary to display it; 3 = immediately exit the function.

Starting from version 6, this function returns a pointer to the entered line with the successful reading, and NULL if the console window was closed.


Clear screen and set cursor at upper left corner.

void __stdcall con_cls();


Wrote current (x) coordinate of cursor to *px, and (y) to *py.

void __stdcall con_get_cursor_pos(int* px, int* py);


Set the cursor position to the specified coordinates. If any of the parameters beyond the relevant range (from 0 to 1 scr_width-for x, from 0 to 1 for scr_height-y, scr_width scr_height and were asked if call con_init), then the corresponding coordinate of the cursor does not change.

void __stdcall con_set_cursor_pos(int x, int y);