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Image-Term256Color

Image-Term256Color is a perl module for converting image data into 256 color terminal ascii. When output to a compatible terminal, such as the ones reflected in the following table ( from the Term::ExtendedColor docs ):

Terminal    256 colors
----------------------
aterm               no
eterm              yes
gnome-terminal     yes
konsole            yes
lxterminal         yes
mrxvt              yes
roxterm            yes
rxvt                no
rxvt-unicode       yes *
sakura             yes
terminal           yes
terminator         yes
vte                yes
xterm              yes
iTerm2             yes
Terminal.app       yes (Lion only)

GNU Screen         yes
tmux               yes
TTY/VC              no

* Previously needed a patch. Full support was added in version 9.09

INSTALLATION

This module requires GD, which requires libgd2 to be installed on your system with the development headers available.

To install libgd2 on Mac OS X:

brew install gd

To install this module from cpan:

cpan -i Image::Term256Color

CPAN may require --force since the GD modules tests include actual display tests which will often fail.

To install this module from source, run the following commands:

perl Build.PL
./Build
./Build test
./Build install

EXAMPLES

use Image::Term256Color;

print Image::Term256Color::convert( 'myimage.jpg' ) . "\n";

Scalar context spits out a string containing term color coded text representing the entire image.

print Image::Term256Color::convert( 'myimage.jpg' , { scale_ratio => .5 } ) . "\n";

Scale 'myimage.jpg' by 50% before converting.

print Image::Term256Color::convert( 'myimage.jpg' , { utf8 => 1 } ) . "\n";

Use utf8 output mode.

my @img_rows = Image::Term256Color::convert( 'myimage.jpg' );

Array context gives an array of strings. Each string representing a row within the image. Unlike scalar context, there are no newlines.

Using the included img2term script:

curl http://octodex.github.com/images/original.jpg | img2term -x=40

Results in something like:

Termcat

Also, the same image using utf8 mode:

curl http://octodex.github.com/images/original.jpg | img2term -u -x=80

Results in something like:

Termcatutf8

Using the included nyan script:

nyan -r 5 -n

Results in something like:

Nyancat

If you just want to have an animated terminal Nyancat, I've ported the animation script in this gist to be a standalone script.

SUPPORT AND DOCUMENTATION

After installing, you can find documentation for this module with the perldoc commands.

perldoc Image::Term256Color
perldoc img2term
perldoc nyan

You can also look for information at:

LICENSE AND COPYRIGHT

Copyright (C) 2011 Colin Kennedy

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either: the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; or the Artistic License.

See http://dev.perl.org/licenses/ for more information.