C / C++ – kbhit() function in Linux

Linux에서는 Windows C / C++ 라이브러리에서 제공되는 kbhit() 함수 (keyboard event를 detect 하는 함수 : keystroke가 들어왔을때 이를 감지함)를 사용할 수 없다.

대신 아래의 오픈소스 snippet을 이용하여, kbhit() 함수를 직접 구현하면 된다. 코드의 출처는 Indra17 블로그 이다.

kbhit() function detecting keyboard hitting event, is provided by Windows C / C++ library. But it is not available in Linux.

Thus, you should implement your kbhit() function in your own.
The code below is open source snippet for kbhit(). Please refer to Indra17 blog (in Korean) for more information.

// There's no kbhit() function in linux if you want to use kbhit() function, use this code as below.
// reference : http://indra17.tistory.com/60

#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <sys/select.h>
#include <termios.h>

static struct termios initial_settings, new_settings;

static int peek_character = -1;

void init_keyboard()
    new_settings = initial_settings;
    new_settings.c_lflag &= ~ICANON;
    new_settings.c_lflag &= ~ECHO;
    new_settings.c_cc[VMIN] = 1;
    new_settings.c_cc[VTIME] = 0;
    tcsetattr(0, TCSANOW, &new_settings);

void close_keyboard()
    tcsetattr(0, TCSANOW, &initial_settings);

int _kbhit()
    unsigned char ch;
    int nread;

    if (peek_character != -1) return 1;
    tcsetattr(0, TCSANOW, &new_settings);
    nread = read(0,&ch,1);
    tcsetattr(0, TCSANOW, &new_settings);
    if(nread == 1)
        peek_character = ch;
        return 1;
    return 0;

int _getch()
    char ch;

    if(peek_character != -1)
        ch = peek_character;
        peek_character = -1;
        return ch;
    return ch;

int _putch(int c) {
    return c;

// use above functions in this way
int main()

    while (1) {
        if (_kbhit()) {
            int ch = _getch();
            switch (ch) {

    return 0;

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