I like ASCII animations and want to view them through a terminal window.
What famous Linux programs and commands are suitable here to display ASCII animations or view videos in a terminal screen?
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You can play any video as an ascii animation with the caca video driver for mplayer:
sudo apt-get install mplayer2 caca-utils mplayer -vo caca /path/to/video
This has several output options which work better in X11 but can also work from a real terminal, even over SSH (urgh, it's horrible). It'll also sync sound in there too.
If you don't have any videos to hand, I can help you out. You wouldn't get this from any other guy. I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling. Gotta make you understand...
sudo wget -qO /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl https://yt-dl.org/downloads/latest/youtube-dl sudo chmod a+rx /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl youtube-dl -o- "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ" | mplayer -vo caca -
If you like trains, install
sudo apt-get install sl
Now you can enjoy a beautiful old steam locomotive driving through your terminal as often as you want!
sl with different parameters:
-a: "accident" - people in the train crying for help
-l: "little" - a smaller locomotive
-F: "flying" - antigravity is cool! ;D
Try this command:
$ curl -s http://artscene.textfiles.com/vt100/movglobe.vt | pv -q -L 9600
to see animated AsciiGlobe:
More examples: http://artscene.textfiles.com/vt100/
What is Animated Ascii Art?: http://www.qqpr.com/ascii-art-article-2.html
Source of command line snippet: http://www.cambus.net/visualizing-progression-of-file-operations-using-pv-pipe-viewer/
This is also a great one - I haven't tried it but it looks awesome...
You can find out how to install it here.
What 6 answers and no mention of bb?
Youtube vid at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ukhOAUseKY
if not installed:
sudo apt-get install bb