Crystal client for GPM (console mouse) console terminal mouse gpm
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Crystal-native client for GPM (console mouse).

NOTE: This library will only work when a program is running in the console and GPM server is running. It won't work under X.

GPM is a simple protocol where we connect to the gpm's unix socket and listen for events. Each event gives us the following information:

buttons : Buttons (right, middle, left, fourth, up, down)
modifiers : Keyboard modifiers (shift, control, meta)
dx : Delta (change) of x
dy : Delta (change) of y
x : Absolute x
y : Absolute y
types : Types of event (move, drag, down, up, single, double, triple, motion)
clicks : Number of clicks counted
margins : Which screen margins were touched (top, bottom, left, right)
wdx : Delta (change) of mouse wheel, horizontal
wdy : Delta (change) of mouse wheel, vertical

We can also request information from GPM. This is done by writing the config structure into the socket, in which the PID of the process field is set to 0 and the vc (virtual console) number is set to the number/ID of request. There are 4 requests available in enum Request: snapshot, buttons, config, nopaste.


  1. Add the dependency to your shard.yml:

        github: crystallabs/
        version: ~> 1.0
  2. Run shards install


require "gpm"

gpm =
while e = gpm.get_event
  p e

Example output:

$ crystal examples/

GPM::Event(@buttons=None, @modifiers=None, @vc=6, @dx=0, @dy=0, @x=163, @y=35, @type=MOVE, @clicks=0, @margin=None, @wdx=0, @wdy=0)
GPM::Event(@buttons=LEFT, @modifiers=None, @vc=6, @dx=0, @dy=0, @x=163, @y=35, @type=DOWN | SINGLE, @clicks=0, @margin=None, @wdx=0, @wdy=0)
GPM::Event(@buttons=LEFT, @modifiers=None, @vc=6, @dx=0, @dy=0, @x=163, @y=35, @type=UP | SINGLE, @clicks=0, @margin=None, @wdx=0, @wdy=0)
GPM::Event(@buttons=RIGHT, @modifiers=None, @vc=6, @dx=0, @dy=0, @x=163, @y=35, @type=DOWN | SINGLE, @clicks=0, @margin=None, @wdx=0, @wdy=0)
GPM::Event(@buttons=RIGHT, @modifiers=CTRL, @vc=6, @dx=0, @dy=0, @x=163, @y=35, @type=DRAG | SINGLE | MOTION, @clicks=0, @margin=None, @wdx=0, @wdy=0)
GPM::Event(@buttons=RIGHT, @modifiers=CTRL, @vc=6, @dx=1, @dy=0, @x=164, @y=35, @type=DRAG | SINGLE | MOTION, @clicks=0, @margin=None, @wdx=0, @wdy=0)
GPM::Event(@buttons=RIGHT, @modifiers=CTRL, @vc=6, @dx=0, @dy=0, @x=164, @y=35, @type=UP | SINGLE | MOTION, @clicks=0, @margin=None, @wdx=0, @wdy=0)


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For licensing to use in your next project, consider Coherent or Post-Open Source licenses:

  github: crystallabs/
  version: ~> 1.0.4
License AGPL-3.0
Crystal 1.0.0


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