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Shellpic 1.4

Display images using escape codes

Latest Version: 1.6.2

-ASCII-art is so 2013.

Shellpic uses escape codes to display images in a terminal, IRC or NUTS client.


Running shellpic <image> in a terminal that supports 256-colors will get you something that looks like the image above.

If you happen to have a terminal that is capable of showing true colors, you can use the --shell24-switch to enable 24bit output. It will look something like this:

Shellpic can also be used with irc-clients. Run the script from your client and use the --irc-switch, the result will depend on the client used. This is how it looks in xchat:

The --nuts-switch will do the same, but for NUTS talkers. This is how it looks in konsole:

Use the --animate (show the animation once, then exit) or --loop (animate and loop forever) to animate gifs. There is a noticable difference between between terminals of how smooth the animation looks. KDE’s konsole seems to handle it well.


You should have Pillow (>=1.0) installed. Shellpic works with Python 2.6 and 2.7, but will work with Python 2.5 or earlier.

If you have PIP installed:

sudo pip install Shellpic

If you do not have PIP or want the bleeding edge version of Shellpic:

# clone the repo
git clone
# optional - run tests
# install the package
cd shellpic
sudo python install



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Shellpic-1.4.tar.gz (md5) Source 2014-06-09 615KB