Missing or broken libncurses.so.5 library


This library is needed by some console Windows applications.


On CrossOver 17 and greater, the simplest solution to fix this issue is to run:

/path/to/cxoffice/bin/cxfix missinglibncurses missinglibncurses.amd64

Or add --show-all to see how CrossOver would fix it on your platform and others.

Alternatively you may try one of the commands below.

  • For 32-bit Windows applications
    Debian : apt-get install libncurses5:i386
    32-bit Fedora >= 13 : yum install ncurses-libs
    64-bit Fedora >= 13 : yum install ncurses-libs.i686 ncurses-libs.x86_64
    32-bit Fedora >= 24 : dnf install --best ncurses-compat-libs
    64-bit Fedora >= 24 : dnf install --best ncurses-compat-libs.i686 ncurses-compat-libs.x86_64
    32-bit openSUSE : zypper install libncurses5
    64-bit openSUSE : zypper install libncurses5-32bit
  • For 64-bit Windows applications
    Debian : apt-get install libncurses5:amd64
    Fedora >= 13 : yum install ncurses-libs
    Fedora >= 24 : dnf install --best ncurses-compat-libs
    openSUSE : zypper install libncurses5


  • cxfix --show-all may have more up-to-date fixes.
  • The ++color:cyan++commands usually also apply to newer versions of the distributions above as well as derived distributions++. So for instance a fix for Debian 7 may still be valid for the latest Debian Testing and is typically also applicable to Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Deepin and Pop! OS. Similarly a fix for Fedora likely also works on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, etc.
Last modified on 2022-07-08 20:02:15 by François Gouget
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