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A simple, colorful Game Of Life demo on the terminal

Project Description

Conway is a dead-simple implementation of Conway’s Game Of Life using my Blessings terminal library. It detects your terminal size and color depth and blits a lovely cellular automaton for your ogling pleasure.


  • Simple implementation
  • Pretty colors
  • Few calories
  • Nudges itself out of repetitive patterns

Rather than having a zillion features, Conway focuses on clarity of implementation. It’s fun to hack on. Try implementing different wrap parameters for next_board!

Getting it running

pip install conway

You should see life explode before your eyes. When you’re done, hit control-C, and it’ll clean up nicely after itself.


Ripped off a really elegant implementation of the algorithm from Jack Diedrich (and ruined it).

Version History

  • Use “fullscreen mode” so we don’t leave a big white screen behind afterward.
  • Initial release

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