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Manual Reference Pages  -  CURSES::UI::DIALOG::FILEBROWSER (3)

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Curses::UI::Dialog::Filebrowser - Create and manipulate filebrowser dialogs





    use Curses::UI;
    my $cui = new Curses::UI;
    my $win = $cui->add(window_id, Window);

    # The hard way.
    # -------------
    my $dialog = $win->add(
        mydialog, Dialog::Filebrowser
    my $file = $dialog->get();

    # The easy way (see Curses::UI documentation).
    # --------------------------------------------
    $file = $cui->filebrowser();
    $file = $cui->loadfilebrowser();
    $file = $cui->savefilebrowser();


Curses::UI::Dialog::Filebrowser is a filebrowser dialog. This type of dialog can be used to select a file, anywhere on the filesystem.

See exampes/demo-Curses::UI::Dialog::Filebrowser in the distribution for a short demo.


o <B>-titleB> < TEXT >

Set the title of the dialog window to TEXT.

o <B>-pathB> < PATH >

Set the path to start with to PATH. If this path does not exist, the filebrowser will start in the rootdirectory.

o <B>-fileB> < FILE >

Set the filename to start with to FILE.

o <B>-editfilenameB> < BOOLEAN >

If BOOLEAN has a true value, the user may edit the filename. This is for example useful for a filebrowser that is used to select a filename to save to. By default this option is set to false.

o <B>-show_hiddenB> < BOOLEAN >

If BOOLEAN has a true value, hidden files (the filename starts with a dot) will also be shown. By default this option is set to false.

o <B>-maskB> < ARRAYREF >

If <B>-maskB> is defined, a filemask popupbox will be added to the filebrowser dialog window. This popupbox will filter the list of files that is displayed, using a regular expression (case insensitive). The ARRAYREF contains a list of array references. Each array reference has two elements: a regexp and a description. Here’s an example <B>-maskB>:

    my $mask = [
        [ .,        All files (*)       ],
        [ \.txt$,   Text files (*.txt)  ]
        [ howto,    HOWTO documentation ],
        [ core,     Core files          ],

o <B>-mask_selectedB> < INDEX >

Normally the first mask in the list of masks will be made active upon creation of the filebrowser. If you want another mask to be active, use the <B>-mask_selectedB> option. Set this value to the index of the mask you want to be active. For example: if you would want the howto mask in the above example to be active, you would use the value 2 for <B>-mask_selectedB>.


o <B>newB> ( OPTIONS )
o <B>layoutB> ( )
o <B>drawB> ( BOOLEAN )
o <B>focusB> ( )

These are standard methods. See Curses::UI::Container for an explanation of these.

o <B>getB> ( )

This method will return the complete path to the file that was selected using the filebrowser. If no file was selected, this method will return an undefined value.


o <B>escapeB>

This will invoke the cancel button, so the filebrowser widget returns without selecting any file.

o <B>~B>

If the directory- or filelistbox of the dialog window has the focus and the tilde (~) button is pressed, the filebrowser will chdir to the homedirectory of the current user.


Curses::UI, Curses::UI::Container, Curses::UI::Buttonbox


Copyright (c) 2001-2002 Maurice Makaay. All rights reserved.

Maintained by Marcus Thiesen (

This package is free software and is provided as is without express or implied warranty. It may be used, redistributed and/or modified under the same terms as perl itself.

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