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I have tried figlet but it's not much good. Are there any other ASCII editors? alt text

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what exactly do u mean by ascii editor? I mean every text editor should be able to edit ascii like gedit because ascii is just an encoding for characters – binW Dec 10 '10 at 8:14
I mean softwares like figlet.. – karthick87 Dec 10 '10 at 8:28
So a generator? – Oli Dec 10 '10 at 11:17
@Oli yep you are right. – karthick87 Dec 10 '10 at 11:19
not related, but i remember there being a tool called aa or maybe bb in the knoppix cd, that made ascii vidoes. – theTuxRacer Dec 10 '10 at 18:23
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TOIlet Install TOIlet

I've seen TOIlet, I think that is what you're looking for.

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In terminal it's oke but when i copy that into my text editor.It is not in the original form. – karthick87 Dec 10 '10 at 6:59
I believe you need to use a monospaced font for the ASCII art to render properly, you don't get aligned char positions with a variable font. – João Pinto Dec 10 '10 at 9:54
Is it possible to install monospaced font from repositories? – karthick87 Dec 10 '10 at 11:29
There are several monospaced fonts installed by default. Some of them have "mono" in their name, so should be easy to find. – JanC Dec 10 '10 at 13:37
I think, when looking at the TOIlet screenshots, your problem might be different. It seems like it (sometimes) uses colour and non-default characters, which is probably the problem you see, not the lack of a monospaced font. – JanC Dec 10 '10 at 15:47

jp2a Install jp2a

Another good program available in the repositories is jp2a, and there is some good documentation on it at the official site and on the Ubuntu manpage.

It should be said that the program will convert any jpg, but it is best to use simple, logo or cartoon like pictures as they come out much better. If you need to convert your image to jpg beforehand, just use imagemagick's convert utility and run convert logo.png logo.jpg.

There is often a need to fiddle with the jp2a options to specify the characters used, the size of the ascii, or to invert the representation. Once you get the settings right you can get good results, however, as I display in the screenshot below. The results do, however, depend a lot on the image you have chosen to convert to ascii.

As an example, I have used the following command to do an ascii representation of the Ubuntu logo, which displays on the terminal screen and also saves to file: (This assumes the input ubuntu-logo.jpg is in your present working directory)

jp2a -i --chars="..00xx@@" ubuntu-logo.jpg | tee ubuntu-logo.txt

enter image description here

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Is there any way to output this automatically to an image? (i.e. without taking a screenshot) – hellocatfood May 21 '13 at 13:14
@hellocatfood: Yes. echo -en "hello\nworld" | python3 -c "import sys; from PIL import Image, ImageDraw, ImageFont;'RGB',(800,600)); draw = ImageDraw.Draw(img); font = ImageFont.truetype('/usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont/FreeMono.ttf', 20); [draw.text((0, i[0]*20), i[1].rstrip('\n'), (255,255,255), font=font) for i in enumerate(sys.stdin)];'sample-out.png')" && display sample-out.png – Janus Troelsen Nov 29 '13 at 18:02

If you want a talking cow there is cowsay Install cowsay:

$ cowsay hello!
< hello! >
        \   ^__^
         \  (oo)\_______
            (__)\       )\/\
                ||----w |
                ||     ||
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This should be the accepted answer. – Jackson Apr 24 '14 at 9:50

There are also many cool online converters. Some of them convert text, and some can process ever images! Look at or

Amongst those that deal with text is

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Alright but the problem now is when i copy it to my text editor.It was not in the original form. – karthick87 Dec 10 '10 at 18:06
It depends on how did you copy it. Which site did you use? I'll try myself. – Rafał Cieślak Dec 10 '10 at 18:12
Used this site – karthick87 Dec 10 '10 at 18:28
Remember to use proper font. – Rafał Cieślak Dec 10 '10 at 19:57

I love Linux-logo ( ). Try adding it to the start of any terminal. Try finding the right logo for Ubuntu (-L)...

Have fun!

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Lots of fun, but it's not actually and acii art generator – fabricator4 Nov 18 '12 at 2:21

There is a Java Application JaVE that does what you are looking for.

Another, CLI based project would be AA-lib.

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Do you know how you'd save the output of aa-lib to an image without taking a screenshot? – hellocatfood May 21 '13 at 13:24

Taking a step further, if you like to learn a new command with ascii art generated cartoon character like shown below. demo1 demo2

You can use cowsay utility and put a simple one line to learn new command.

installing cowsay

sudo apt-get install cowsay

add below line to your .bashrc or .zshrc file located at ~/ i.e ~/.bashrc or ~/.zshrc to get an ascii art character

cowsay -f $(ls /usr/share/cowsay/cows | shuf -n 1 | cut -d. -f1) $(whatis $(ls /bin) 2>/dev/null | shuf -n 1)


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I use asciio with my python scripts. How to install:.


apt-get install asciio

Imagem asciio

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This is an English site. If you're going to post in spanish, please at least translate your post to English. – anonymous2 2 days ago
You're right. I will try to translate the next. – dUsg 2 days ago

Here is a good ascii art generator:

                      ¿╓╔###║###M╔  ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓    
                    ╙║║║║║║║║║║║║║░ └▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓┘    
               ╔╠░    ║║║║║║║║║║║║║N, └╙╩╩╙└      
             ╔╠╠╠╠╠,   ╚║║║║║║║║║║║║║║M╔╓╓╓#N,    
           ╓╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╠∩   ╙╙      └╙╙║║║║║║║║║║║N   
          #╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╚                ╙║║║║║║║║║║  
         ╔╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╚                    ╙║║║║║║║║║ 
  .╓╔╔╓,  ╙╠╠╠╠╠╠╚                      ╙║║║║║║║║Γ
.║║║║║║║║,  ╠╠╠╠╠                        ║║║║║║║║║
║║║║║║║║║║  ╠╠╠╠░                                 
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 ╙╚║║║║╚╙  #╠╠╠╠╠∩                       ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▒
         ╔╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╠,                    \▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ 
         `╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╠∩                  #▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓Ñ 
           ╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╠              ╓@▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓╜  
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              ╙╠╠╠∩   ╓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▀░      └     
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                    "▀▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓  #╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╠░    
                          └└└└└└    ╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╠╠    

It can generate in full color from a variety of character sets, from oldskool/amiga to ascii or extended (even braille!), and generates output in HTML, BBCode, Markdown, and even share an image on Imgur with one click.

Try it! -=cP

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