Boxes

Linux Candy: Boxes – command line ASCII boxes

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Linux Candy is a series of articles covering interesting eye candy software. We only feature open-source software in this series.

Boxes is a command line program that draws a wide variety of boxes around input text. In essence, it’s a text filter, and works together with a text editor. Most major text editors support filters, including Vim, Emacs, and Jed. It can also be run from the command line as a standalone tool.

Filters are software that read input text from standard input, modify that text, and write the new text to standard output.

Boxes can draw shapes ranging from simple boxes to complex ASCII art.

Installation

You may find a packages for Boxes in your distribution’s repositories. For example, there’s a package for Boxes in the Arch User Repository. But if you need to compile the source code, the steps are very straightforward.

$ git clone https://github.com/ascii-boxes/boxes.git
$ cd boxes
$ make
$ sudo cp doc/boxes.1 /usr/share/man/man1/boxes.1
$ sudo cp boxes-config /etc/boxes-config
$ sudo cp src/boxes /usr/bin/boxes

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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
chucknorrisChuck Norris jokes in your terminal
cornyjokesCorny jokes for the terminal
CMatrixncurses program that simulates the display from “The Matrix”
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
lolcatRainbows and unicorns
nyancatTerminal-based Pop Tart Cat Animation
onekoAnimal chasing fun
pipes.shAnimated pipes terminal screensaver
ponysaycowsay reimplemention for ponies
PywalGenerate color schemes on the fly
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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