Turn many pieces of ANSI text art and ASCII/NFO plain text into HTML5 text using RetroTxt. The browser agnostic WebExtension that takes retro text files and stylises them into a more pleasing, useful format to view and copy in a web browser.
- View ANSI, ASCII, NFO, Shift JIS, PCBoard, Wildcat text art as HTML
- View system and server logs formatted in coloured text with modern fonts
- RGB 16.7 million, xterm 256 and IBM VGA 16 colour support
- Swappable ANSI palettes, xterm, VGA, CGA, monochrome and switchable iCE Colors
- Swappable ASCII & NFO colour themes, DOS, Windows, Amiga, C-64, Apple II, Atari ST
- SAUCE metadata parsing
- Multiple text encodings support including CP437, ISO-8959-1, Windows-1252, Shift JIS
- Text rendering toggles, smeared, shadow and normal
- Multiple IBM PC font support such as VGA, PS/2, EGA, CGA, MDA plus variants and more
- Various Amiga fonts plus Mona, Commodore PETSCII, Atari ATASCII, Atari ST and Apple II
- A lot of Bulletin Board System era ANSI art that relied on the 80x25 terminal with cursor positioning to create visual text motion and animations do not convert to HTML
Chrome 55 or Firefox 63 or newer browsers.
You can test the RetroTxt install by clicking on one of the 10 Sample artworks found on the
welcome.html tab that launches after installation.
Out of the box, certain useful features of RetroTxt are off. Newer browsers require you to grant permission at prompts before RetroTxt can
access specific browser data it needs. There are a couple of links to the Options dialogue in the
welcome.html tab, or it is accessible from the browser's Extensions tab.
Once configured RetroTxt will run on any text or ANSI art file observed in a permitted browser tab and mark the toolbar icon with a check.
Elsewhere there are thousands of text files hosted at textfiles.com or the Project
Gutenberg plain text books. Or download one of the amazing text art packs created by
Blocktronics, found at textmod.es or 16 colors and use the
to browse and view the text art files saved onto your hard drive.
Chrome requires Allow access to file URLs selected if you wish to use RetroTxt with text files stored on your local computer.
RetroTxt does not collect or transmit any data created by your web browser.
All data generated by the web extension is only ever stored locally on your computer through the use of the browser local or session storage APIs.
GNU LESSER GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
An important note about the license
While RetroTxt uses a GNU Lesser General Public License v3.0, the included fonts are not. You should read each font license that is in the
fonts/ subdirectory before redistribution, as some of the added collections do not permit the sale or modification of their fonts and packages.
RetroTxt ANSI logo Zeus II Twitter @Zeus_II
- Apple II font Print Char 21 by Kreative Korp
- Atari ATASCII font Atari Classic TrueType Fonts by Mark L. Simonson
- Atari ST font 8x16 system font by divVerent
- Commodore 64 font C64 Pro Mono TrueType v1.2 by Style
- Commodore Amiga fonts Multi Platform Fonts In Amiga Aspect v1.0 by TrueSchool Ascii
- IBM PC fonts The Ultimate Oldschool PC Font Pack by Viler
- IBM Plex Plex Mono Regular by IBM Corp.
- Mona Shift JIS mona public domain
Options icons by Google Material Design
Tippy tooltips by atomiks