6627ba66 — Solene Rapenne 3 years ago
Stop discarding errors and display the issue in case of crash
e3f09011 — Solene Rapenne 3 years ago
Update 3rd party libs
69ab9eb1 — Solene Rapenne 3 years ago
Update 3rd party libs



You can also use your local clone with git send-email.


Clic (Common LISP Interactive Client) is a terminal based gopher client. The name is a bad pun, clic is the sound of a mouse click but the software is keyboard driven...

Clic supports TLS connections by first trying to speak TLS to the remote server, if it doesn't work, it falls back to plaintext. The status prompt will show either "TLS" or "UNSECURE" depending on how the communication has been negotiated.


clic requires a few dependencies:

  • ANSI compatible terminal emulator
  • ecl common lisp interpreter
  • C compiler
  • Linux/OpenBSD/FreeBSD/NetBSD

#How to build

clic binary must be compiled.

To compile it with ecl, it's really easy type the following command:


then you can use make install to deploy it in /usr/bin/.

The binary will be linked to ecl shared library. You need to install ecl if you want to deploy clic binary on others systems.

#How to use clic

By default clic will load the page gopherproject/1/ with a number on the left of each link. Please type the number of a link to follow it. If it's a text, the $PAGER program will be called to show it, if it's a binary file (types g,I and 9) it will be downloaded into /tmp/ and then xdg-open will be called on the filename.

#Keyboard bindings

  • 1-999 : follow the link "number"
  • p : previous page
  • h : display history
  • r : reload the page
  • x or q or ^D : quit
  • sNUMBER : show the gopher url for link $number
  • / pattern : redisplay the menu only with lines containing string (no regex)
  • d : display the raw response

In addition to the previous keybinding, a different layout coexists, permitting clic to be used with the numpad with only one hand:

  • "a number" : follow the link "number
  • / : previous page
    • : reload the page
    • : quit

#Command line usage

clic [-t] [-k] [url|file]

If you start clic with the -t option, menus will be displayed in a single operation, instead of asking to display next page once it reaches your terminal size.

If you start clic with the -k option, then kiosk mode is enabled, in which case it won't call any external program or save any data to disk. Texts (type 0) will be shown as-is in the output. It only allows the use of texts, menus and searches.

If you pass a gopher url to clic (gopher:// isn't mandatory for the url), the behavior will be determined by two parameters:

  1. is the output a pipe/redirection ?
  2. is the url type a menu ? (types 1 or 7)

If the output is a pipe or a redirection, clic will send the raw data to stdout (text for type 0 and binary for others types)

If the output is the terminal, clic will download the file in the /tmp/ folder, then call $PAGER if the type is 0 (text) or xdg-open for others types.

If the url is a type 0 or 7 and the output is a terminal, it will open clic and stay in interactive mode.

Clic can open a local file respecting the gopher menu protocol, this can be used to create a bookmark file and load it locally without a gopher server. In order to proceed, you need to pass the file path as a parameter beginning with file://, as in the following example:

clic file://path/to/my_file.txt