An implementation of figlet written in python
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All of the documentation and the majority of the work done was by
    Christopher Jones (
Packaged by Peter Waller <>,
various enhancements by Stefano Rivera <>.

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        pyfiglet is a full port of FIGlet ( into pure
        python. It takes ASCII text and renders it in ASCII art fonts (like
        the title above, which is the 'block' font).


        Q. Why? WHY?!
        A. I was bored. Really bored.

        Q. What the hell does this do that FIGlet doesn't?
        A. Not much, except allow your font collection to live
           in one big zipfile. The point of this code is to embed
           dynamic figlet rendering in Python without having to
           execute an external program, although it operates on the
           commandline as well.  See below for USAGE details. You can
           think of this as a python FIGlet driver.

        Q. Does this support kerning/smushing like FIGlet?
        A. Yes, yes it does. Output should be identical to FIGlet. If
           not, this is a bug, which you should report to me!

        Q. Can I use/modify/redstribute this code?
        A. Yes, under the terms of the GPL (see LICENSE below).

        Q. I improved this code, what should I do with it?
        A. You can mail patches to <>. Particularly bugfixes.
           If you make changes to the kerning/mushing/rendering portion, PLEASE
           test it throroughly. The code is fragile and complex.


        You can use pyfiglet in one of two ways. First, it operates on the
        commandline as C figlet does and supports most of the same options.
        Run with --help to see a full list of tweaks.  Mostly you will only
        use -f to change the font. It defaults to standard.flf.

        tools/pyfiglet 'text to render'

        Pyfiglet is also a library that can be used in python code:

        from pyfiglet import Figlet
        f = Figlet(font='slant')
        print f.renderText('text to render')


        pyfiglet is a *port* of FIGlet, and much of the code is directly translated
        from the C source. I optimized some bits where I could, but because the smushing
        and kerning code is so incredibly complex, it was safer and easier to port the logic
        almost exactly.  Therefore, I can't really take much credit for authorship, just
        translation. The original authors of FIGlet are listed on their website  at

        The Python port was done by Christopher Jones <> (
        It is currently maintained by Peter Waller (, github:pwaller)

        The toilet fonts (.tlf) were imported from toilet 0.3-1, by Sam Hocevar <>.


        github:stefanor for various bug fixes and improvements and the debian packaging.

        Thanks to anyone who contributed an issue or code on github!


        Copyright (C) 2007 Christopher Jones <>

        This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
        modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
        as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
        of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

        This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
        but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
        GNU General Public License for more details.

        You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
        along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
        Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA  02110-1301, USA

        (see LICENSE for full details)


        2016-06-12 0.7.5

            #46 Add 100+ fonts from figlet fonts collection v4.0
            #48 Include python3 in testing

        2015-05-27 0.7.4

            #43 Don't leak file handles

        2015-04-14 0.7.3

            #41 Add newline and text wrapping support

        2014-09-14 0.7.2

            #35 Add this CHANGELOG
            #36 Bug fix for #34 (broken --reverse and --flip)
                (reported "character mapping must return integer, None or unicode")

        2014-07-27 0.7.1

            #29 Fix for UTF8 regression
            #31 Add __main__ entry point
            #32 Pep8 the code and minor refactoring
            #33 Trove classifiers update

        2014-06-02 0.7

            #9  Add --list_fonts and --info_font
            #10 Add tools/pyfiglet_example for listing all fonts
            #11 Fix the pyfiglet command (had bad python path)
            #12 Pyflakes fixes
            #13 Configure Travis Continuous Integration
            #17 Documentation usage sample fix
            #19 Enable pyfiglet to use extended ASCII chars
            #20 Add two cyrillic fonts
            #21 Python 3 support
            #27 Code improvements
            #28 Human readable font list (-l)