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Name by the awesome @tbodt
Are you a terminal fanboy like me?
Sure, but do you ever watch YouTube? In your terminal?
termplay is the tool to convert images to ANSI sequences.
But it also supports playing videos...
Written in the systems language Rust, it has some solid performance.
- Multiple modes
- Sixels: Only supported by a few terminals, like xterm.
- Unicode halfblock: This is the same as TrueColor below, but uses unicode half-blocks for smaller pixels.
- TrueColor: Any RGB color, supported by most terminals.
- 256 color: The closest representation of a color that can be fit within 1 byte. Use this if nothing else works.
- Change framerate, size and more using command line switches
- Adapting size
- Automatically scales the image to fit your terminal
Termplay also allows you to control the media, such as zoom in or pause the video.
- Mouse Scroll / +/-: Zoom
- Mouse Drag / W/A/S/D: Pan
- Space: Play/Pause
- Left/Right: Seek
- Up/Down: Volume
- q / Ctrl+C: Quit
(Landscape image from pexels.com)
termplay 2.0.0 jD91mZM2 <firstname.lastname@example.org> Play images/videos in your terminal USAGE: termplay [FLAGS] [OPTIONS] <path> FLAGS: --help Prints help information -q, --quiet Ignores all the nice TUI things for simple image viewing -V, --version Prints version information OPTIONS: -c, --converter <converter> Decides how the image should be displayed [default: halfblock] [possible values: color256, halfblock, sixel, truecolor] -h, --height <height> Sets the height (defaults to the terminal size, or 24) -r, --rate <rate> Sets the framerate [default: 24] --ratio <ratio> Sets the terminal font ratio (only takes effect with some converters) -w, --width <width> Sets the width (defaults to the terminal size, or 80) ARGS: <path> Specifies the path to the image/video to play
Compile time requirements
Rust v1.25 or more is required. See your Rust version with
Update rust with
rustup update stable
Other than that, this project is hosted on crates.io.
So to install you just need to run
cargo install termplay --features bin
--features part is a hack because binaries don't allow specifying separate dependencies)
Almost all dependencies are optional and can be disabled!
- termion: This is what enables the rich image viewer. Disabling this will disable almost everything.
- gst: Video support, requires gstreamer
- sixel: Support for sixels, requires libsixel
To disable default features, run
cargo install termplay --no-default-features --features "bin,..."
... is a comma separated list of features you want to keep.
Termplay is available with the default features on Nix!
nix-env -iA nixpkgs.termplay
If you just want to get this running on Arch Linux with the default features, you can use the
AUR Package (unofficial)
sudo apt install libopenal-dev libsndfile1-dev libsixel-dev gstreamer1.0-dev gstreamer-plugins-base1.0-dev gstreamer1.0-plugins-base gstreamer-plugins-bad1.0-dev gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad cargo install termplay --features bin