Hit's Hit's - 12 days ago 5
Linux Question

Hide password input on terminal

I want to mask my password while writing it with

I use Linux GCC for this code.
I know one solution is to use
function like this

#include <conio.h>
int main()
char c,password[10];
int i;
while( (c=getch())!= '\n');{
password[i] = c;
return 1;

but the problem is that
does not include
file so,
is useless for me.
Does anyone have a solution?


Hmm in the Linux world masking isn't usually done with asterisks, normally echoing is just turned off and the terminal displays blanks E.g. if you use su or log into a virtual terminal etc.

There is a library function to handle getting passwords, it won't mask the password with asterisks but will disable echoing of the password to terminal. I pulled this out of a linux book I have. I believe its part of the posix standard

#include <unistd.h>
char *getpass(const char *prompt);

/*Returns pointer to statically allocated input password string
on success, or NULL on error*/

The getpass() function first disables echoing and all processing of terminal special characters (such as the interrupt character, normally Control-C).

It then prints the string pointed to by prompt, and reads a line of input, returning the null-terminated input string with the trailing newline stripped, as its function result.

A google search for getpass() has a reference to the GNU implementation (should be in most linux distros) and some sample code for implementing your own if need be


Their example for rolling your own:

#include <termios.h>
#include <stdio.h>

 my_getpass (char **lineptr, size_t *n, FILE *stream)
   struct termios old, new;
   int nread;

   /* Turn echoing off and fail if we can't. */
   if (tcgetattr (fileno (stream), &old) != 0)
     return -1;
   new = old;
   new.c_lflag &= ~ECHO;
   if (tcsetattr (fileno (stream), TCSAFLUSH, &new) != 0)
     return -1;

   /* Read the password. */
   nread = getline (lineptr, n, stream);

   /* Restore terminal. */
   (void) tcsetattr (fileno (stream), TCSAFLUSH, &old);

   return nread;

If need be you could use this as the basis as modify it to display asterisks.