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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.

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