Console Mouse Input in C#

Few days ago I read a blog post about reading console input. It was quite straight-forward explanation and I wondered how difficult would it be to have this done in C#. Well, not really hard at all.

First step is to setup our console. We enable mouse input and we disable quick edit mode:

var handle = NativeMethods.GetStdHandle(NativeMethods.STD_INPUT_HANDLE);

int mode = 0;
if (!(NativeMethods.GetConsoleMode(handle, ref mode))) { throw new Win32Exception(); }

mode |= NativeMethods.ENABLE_MOUSE_INPUT;
mode &= ~NativeMethods.ENABLE_QUICK_EDIT_MODE;
mode |= NativeMethods.ENABLE_EXTENDED_FLAGS;

if (!(NativeMethods.SetConsoleMode(handle, mode))) { throw new Win32Exception(); }

All is left to do next is a simple loop that will check for new input:

while (true) {
if (!(NativeMethods.ReadConsoleInput(handle, ref record, 1, ref recordLen))) { throw new Win32Exception(); }
switch (record.EventType) {
case NativeMethods.MOUSE_EVENT:
//do something
break;

case NativeMethods.KEY_EVENT:
if (record.KeyEvent.wVirtualKeyCode == (int)ConsoleKey.Escape) { return; }
break;
}
}

Check out example program.

PS: Expanding program to handle other key events should be relatively easy since all structures are already in place. Check console reference for more details.

PPS: I really hate C unions. :)

One thought to “Console Mouse Input in C#”

  1. Exactly what I needed. As old schooler, i loved any use of that strange new thing called mouse. load mouse.com to use it ofc! :) Thanks, great article.

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