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View images as ASCII in the terminal on a Raspberry Pi

I run my Raspberry Pi headless and I don’t like to access X windows.
Sometimes I need to look at an image, mostly PNG. I use my Pi to produce graphs and I want to see if the change took.

cacaview allows me to view the images as ASCII in the terminal. Which allows me to have a quick look at the image, and it also looks kinda cool and retro.


Cacaview Raspberry Pi



Install and using cacaview


Installing cacaview:

pi@raspberrypi ~ $sudo apt-get install caca-utils


To view an image:

pi@raspberrypi ~ $cacaview gp.png


+ Zoom in
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d Change differ
hjkl Move



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