Linux Candy

Linux Candy: ASCIIQuarium – embrace marine life from the terminal

Last Updated on May 25, 2022


I’ve got a strange affinity with ASCIIQuarium. In part, I always love software that’s a single file. This one is a mere 27K in size. But it’s more than that. The Perl script almost has a calming effect on me, even though the animated devouring of fish by the sharks have an almost haunting quality.

The ASCII animations are almost an art form. Maybe it’s taking me back to my childhood, as in the 1970’s and 1980’s, ASCII art was the only way to create graphics.

If you’re feeling stressed at the end of a long day, fire up ASCIIQuarium. It’s a lot cheaper than having to run your own aquarium, and almost as enjoyable.

There’s no command line arguments to learn. You can pause the animation, or redraw the screen. And that’s about it.

Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Kirk Baucom (code), Claudio Matsuoka, Joan Stark (ASCII art)
License: GNU General Public License v2.0

ASCIIQuarium is written in Perl. Learn Perl with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Summary

Complete list of articles in this series:

Linux Candy
ASCIIQuariumEmbrace marine life from the terminal with beautiful ASCII art
BobRossQuotesCollection of quotes from Bob Ross
BoxesCommand line ASCII boxes
BuohOnline strips comics reader
cacafireColor ASCII fire
catclockxclock with an enhanced cat mode
cbonsaiGenerate bonsai trees in the terminal
christmasfetchFestive cheer on the desktop
chucknorrisChuck Norris jokes in your terminal
cornyjokesCorny jokes for the terminal
CMatrixncurses program that simulates the display from “The Matrix”
ctreeA Christmas tree right on your terminal
eDEX-UISci-fi computer terminal emulator and system monitor
emojSimple tool that to find suitable emojis for pasting to your clipboard
EmoteModern popup emoji picker
EvolvotronInteractive generative art
FondoFind beautiful wallpapers from Unsplash
gtiTypo-based curio inspired by Steam Locomotive
HollywoodFill your console with Hollywood melodrama technobabble
linuxwaveGenerate music from the entropy of Linux
lolcatRainbows and unicorns
No More SecretsRecreates the data decryption effect from the Sneakers movie
nyancatTerminal-based Pop Tart Cat Animation
onekoAnimal chasing fun
pipes.shAnimated pipes terminal screensaver
ponysaycowsay reimplemention for ponies
projectMMusic visualizer originally based on Milkdrop
pscircleA different take on the venerable ps command
pyjokesOne line jokes for programmers
PywalGenerate color schemes on the fly
RelaxatorRelax to soothing sounds
Rusty AquariumMonitoring by visualization
Steam LocomotiveC program written in 295 lines. It's harmless fun
TernimalAnimated lifeform in the terminal
terminal-parrotParty parrot time
tetrisTile-matching puzzle video game in your terminal
VarietyWallpaper manager with many desktops and wallpaper sources
WallGenGenerate HQ poly wallpapers with a few arguments.
WallpaperDownloaderDownload, change, and manage wallpapers
xcowsayDisplays a cow on your desktop with message
XDecorationsAdd some festive cheer to your desktop
XScreenSaverFramework and collection of screensavers
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4 years ago

What and where is CPAN? It would be helpful if you would add a link. This is, after all, a Linux Links article!)

Isobel Craven
Isobel Craven
4 years ago

Here’s a tip Angus. Google is your friend.

4 years ago

Actually, I put a link in my comment.

Phil Evans
Phil Evans
4 years ago

Well done for promoting the lighter side of Linux. I’m looking forward to more in this ‘Candy’ series.

Alan C
Alan C
2 years ago

I like that some of the programs are just a welcome distraction