Skip to main content
This is a pre-production deployment of Warehouse. Changes made here affect the production instance of PyPI (
Help us improve Python packaging - Donate today!

i2a creates ASCII art from images right on your terminal.

Project Description

i2a creates ASCII art from images right on your terminal.


Option 1: Pip

$ pip install i2a

Option 2: From source

$ git clone --recursive
$ cd i2a/
$ python install


Basic usage

$ i2a image.jpg

Colored output

$ i2a --colors image.jpg

Write the art to a file

$ i2a image.jpg > ascii.txt

If the terminal has a light background

$ i2a image.jpg --invert


$ i2a image.jpg --bg=BLACK


A complete list of available options:

  • --colors : Show colored output. i2a assumes that the terminal supports 256 colors.
  • --bold : Show bold characters. Makes the output is easier on eyes.
  • --invert : Invert the colors. Suitable for a light background.
  • --bg=(BLACK|WHITE): Specify your own background color.
  • --height=<val> : Set the height in number of characters.
  • --width=<val> : Set the width in number of characters.
  • --contrast=<factor> : Manually set contrast (default value: 1.5, for original image: 1.0).
  • --alt-chars : Use an alternate set of (more detailed) characters.


  • Create an issue in the issue tracker describing the feature.
  • Fork the project.
  • Create a new branch - git checkout -b new-feature
  • Commit the changes and push to your branch - git push origin new-feature
  • Open a pull request, referencing the issue you created.


See the LICENSE file.

Release History

Release History

This version
History Node


History Node


Download Files

Download Files

Download the file for your platform. If you're not sure which to choose, learn more about installing packages.

File Name & Checksum SHA256 Checksum Help Version File Type Upload Date
i2a-1.2.tar.gz (3.6 kB) Copy SHA256 Checksum SHA256 Source May 5, 2015

Supported By

WebFaction WebFaction Technical Writing Elastic Elastic Search Pingdom Pingdom Monitoring Dyn Dyn DNS Sentry Sentry Error Logging CloudAMQP CloudAMQP RabbitMQ Heroku Heroku PaaS Kabu Creative Kabu Creative UX & Design Fastly Fastly CDN DigiCert DigiCert EV Certificate Rackspace Rackspace Cloud Servers DreamHost DreamHost Log Hosting