Fetches system/theme information in terminal for Linux desktop screenshots.
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screenFetch - The Bash Screenshot Information Tool

What is screenFetch?

screenFetch is a "Bash Screenshot Information Tool". This handy Bash script can be used to generate one of those nifty terminal theme information + ASCII distribution logos you see in everyone's screenshots nowadays. It will auto-detect your distribution and display an ASCII version of that distribution's logo and some valuable information to the right. There are options to specify no ascii art, colors, taking a screenshot upon displaying info, and even customizing the screenshot command! This script is very easy to add to and can easily be extended.

How do I get screenFetch?

Arch Linux

  1. Install screenfetch-git or screenfetch from the AUR. That's it!


  1. Install screenfetch from the official repositories with urpmi or rpmdrake. e.g. # urpmi screenfetch

Gentoo or Sabayon

  1. Emerge screenfetch from portage using emerge screenfetch
  2. Sabayon users can install screenfetch from entropy using 'equo install screenfetch'


  1. Download the latest source. Found at http://git.silverirc.com/cgit.cgi/screenfetch.git/plain/screenfetch-dev
  2. In a terminal, make the file executable by doing the following: chmod +x /path/to/screenfetch/screenfetch-dev
  3. Then, either keep it there, or move it to somewhere in your $PATH to make it available without having to use the full path to the script.

Running screenfetch

To run screenFetch, open a terminal of some sort and type in the command screenFetch or wherever you saved the script to. This will generate an ascii logo with the information printed to the side of the logo. There are some options that may be specifiedon the command line, and those are shown below or by executing screenFetch -h:

    -v              Verbose output.
    -n              Do no display ASCII distribution logo.
    -s              Using this flag tells the script that you want it to
                    take a screenshot.
    -l              Specify that you have a light background. This
                    turns all white text into dark gray text (in ascii
                    logos and in information output).
    -c 'COMMAND'    Here you can specify a custom screenshot command for
                    the script to execute. Surrounding quotes are required.
    -D 'DISTRO'     Here you can specify your distribution for the script
                    to use. Surrounding quotes are required.
    -V              Display current script version.
    -h              Display this help.

Contact Me

If you would like to suggest something new, inform me of an issue in the script, become part of the project, or talk to me about anything else, you can either email me at kittykattATkittykattDOTus or you can connect to my IRC server on SilverIRC at irc://kittykatt.silverirc.com/me0wz