I remember having seen a screenshot of a Linux terminal-only (text) web browser, like links or lynx, but this one was able to render images (in color) using ASCII art.

Unfortunately I don't remember the name. Does anyone know it, or have a suggestion for a similar software?

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Maybe you're satisfied with Browsh:



Browsh is a fully-modern text-based browser. It renders anything that a modern browser can; HTML5, CSS3, JS, video and even WebGL. Its main purpose is to be run on a remote server and accessed via SSH/Mosh or the in-browser HTML service in order to significantly reduce bandwidth and thus both increase browsing speeds and decrease bandwidth costs.

Live SSH Demo:

ssh brow.sh

No auth needed. The service is for demonstration only, sessions last 5 minutes and are logged.

Download page: https://www.brow.sh/downloads

A Docker image is also available:

docker pull browsh/browsh

...or maybe you think about an ascii-art image browser:


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    Yes, that was it! Accepting your answer as you were the first one to suggest it.
    – dr_
    Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 6:59
  • Thank you @dr01! As you suggested, I merged my two answers into one. Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 7:37

The browser Browsh suggested by user simhumileco looks OK but the images are very low resolution.

Other suggestions are:

Aaview can produce images as good as this:

Aaview Image

Cacaview adds color, and can produce images as good as this:

Cacaview Image

Other Retro Imaging

Related subject information (not intended to directly answer this question):

  • RetroTxt can take old text and ASCII art images and display them on a modern browser using a Chrome or Firefox plugin. It allows selection of monospaced fonts for better viewing.

  • Both VLC and MPlayer can play modern videos rendered as ASCII art.

Not really related:

Android WireGoggles displays a real-time wireframe outline of what your camera is pointing at.

Android Ascii Art Generator converts images on your phone to ASCII art.

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