C++ keypress

I’m not sure if you’ve ever wondered how C++ games can “feel” when you press a key. I was curious about this, especially because (by default) when you read some value from stdin you don’t get it character by character, as the user types it, but you get the entire string, the moment the user hits Enter.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <termios.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/time.h>

void changemode(int dir)
        static struct termios oldt, newt;
        if ( dir == 1 )
                tcgetattr( STDIN_FILENO, &oldt);
                newt = oldt;
                newt.c_lflag &= ~( ICANON | ECHO );
                tcsetattr( STDIN_FILENO, TCSANOW, &newt);
                tcsetattr( STDIN_FILENO, TCSANOW, &oldt);

int kbhit(void)
        struct timeval tv;
        fd_set rdfs;
        tv.tv_sec = 0;
        tv.tv_usec = 0;
        FD_SET (STDIN_FILENO, &rdfs);
        select(STDIN_FILENO+1, &rdfs, NULL, NULL, &tv);
        return FD_ISSET(STDIN_FILENO, &rdfs);

int main(void)

                while( !kbhit() ){} // While no key is pressed, do nothing
                char ch = getchar(); // When a key was pressed, we get the character
                printf("Got %i=%cn", ch, ch); // Print the info about the key that was pressed
                if(ch==113) break; // We might need a break condition

        return 0;

Tested on Linux only with g++ 🙂