img2xterm is a program that can display bitmap images on 256-colour terminals by converting them into Unicode block characters and xterm compatible control sequences. Based on software by lachs0r and Xebec for creating colourful cowfiles, img2xterm improves on the colour selection and block printing logic, providing cleaner output on terminals with nice bitmap fonts.
This is an example of a cowfile created with img2xterm's
img2xterm uses a modified version of the algorithm used in xterm256-conv in order to have an accurate representation of the upper 240 colours used in xterm. Modification was needed in order to fix the range of the grey ramp.
The GNU Autotools are not required. To compile and install from source, simply run:
$ make # make install
A GIMP palette containing the upper 240 colours used in xterm is also available. It can be used for dithering images before conversion. To install, run:
$ cd extra/ $ make $ cp xterm-256color.gpl ~/.gimp-2.6/palettes/
To display an image on a compatible 256-color terminal:
$ img2xterm image.png
img2cow is a symlink to the
img2xterm command. When invoked in this way,
the program behaves as if the
--cow option was used.
To generate a cowfile:
$ img2cow image.png image.cow # cp image.cow /usr/share/cows