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    For pure text there is figlet:

    $ figlet hello world      
     _          _ _                            _     _ 
    | |__   ___| | | ___   __      _____  _ __| | __| |
    | '_ \ / _ \ | |/ _ \  \ \ /\ / / _ \| '__| |/ _` |
    | | | |  __/ | | (_) |  \ V  V / (_) | |  | | (_| |
    |_| |_|\___|_|_|\___/    \_/\_/ \___/|_|  |_|\__,_|
    
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      Anyone come across good to render pictures in ANSI/ASCII art? Or is that basically not possible?

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        You mean, take a picture and render it as ASCII art? libaa or libcaca (for color) can do this. A bunch of media tools can even stream video through them: mplayer can, vlc likely as well..

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          Thanks. I actually found a newer app called timg that appears to be more reliable and have broader support for terminals and file redirection than caca or catimg. https://github.com/hzeller/timg Something about the way GraphicsMagick libraries are packaged on Fedora made it tricky to get working.