This question was closed due to being too broad, so I'll be more specific with regard to ASCII animations here =)
Are there any ASCII animations that can be used as screensavers - either in the TUI or in the command-line?
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The classic screensaver in ASCII.
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/pipeseroni/pipes.sh/master/pipes.sh chmod +x pipes.sh ./pipes.sh
git clone https://github.com/pipeseroni/pipes.sh.git cd pipes.sh sudo make install
Type of pipes. Refer to the documentation to see them all.
Probability of a straight fitting.
Reset after x characters, 0 if no limit.
Random starting point.
No bold effect.
Refer to the documentation for more information.
cmatrix is another great one! Install it with:
sudo apt-get install cmatrix
manpage description on it:
CMatrix(1) General Commands Manual CMatrix(1) NAME CMatrix - simulates the display from "The Matrix" SYNOPSIS cmatrix [-abBflohnsVx] [-u update] [-C color] DESCRIPTION Shows a scrolling 'Matrix' like screen in Linux OPTIONS -a Asynchronous scroll -b Bold characters on -B All bold characters (overrides -b) -f Force the linux $TERM type to be on -l Linux mode (sets "matrix.fnt" font in console) -o Use old-style scrolling -h, -? Print usage and exit -n No bold characters (overrides -b and -B) -s "Screensaver" mode, exits on first keystroke -x X window mode, use if your xterm is using mtx.pcf -V Print version information and exit -u delay Screen update delay 0 - 9, default 4 -C color Use this color for matrix (default green). Valid colors are green, red, blue, white, yellow, cyan, magenta and black. KEYSTROKES The following keystrokes are available during execution (unavailable in -s mode) a Toggle asynchronous scroll b Random bold characters B All bold characters n Turn off bold characters 0-9 Adjust update speed ! @ # $ % ^ & ) Change the color of the matrix to the corresponding color: ! - red, @ - green, # - yellow, $ - blue, % - magenta, ^ - cyan, & - white, ) - black. q Quit the program BUGS This program is very CPU intensive. Don't be surprised if it eats up over 40% of your CPU at times. HOMEPAGE The CMatrix homepage is currently at http://www.asty.org/cmatrix. AUTHORS Chris Allegretta (email@example.com), with a lot of help from many other people. See README file for details. Mon May 3 1999 CMatrix(1)
Normal Terminal running:
cmatrix -s -b
cmatrix -s -b -l
Note: Although I do not show it in the images here, it is animated.
And if you want it to work like a proper screensaver (though the
-l option won't work) then check out this answer.
This ASCII animation can be used a screensaver:
You can find out how to install it here.
Termsaver is a text-based screensaver embedding various animation :
urlfetcher displays url contents with typing animation starwars runs the asciimation Star Wars movie matrix displays a matrix movie alike screensaver jokes4all displays recent jokes from jokes4all.net (NSFW) clock displays a digital clock on screen programmer displays source code in typing animation quotes4all displays recent quotes from quotes4all.net rssfeed displays rss feed information rfc randomly displays RFC contents sysmon displays a graphical system monitor randtxt displays word in random places on screen asciiartfarts displays ascii images from asciiartfarts.com (NSFW)
sudo apt-get install termsaver
Or install using Ubuntu Software center :
sudo apt-get install bsdgames worms -d 190 -n 4
rain -d 180
ASCII Saver – Screensaver for terminals. This is my attempt to run some animation while there is no I/O on a terminal.