Linux Candy

Linux Candy: Boxes – command line ASCII boxes

Last Updated on May 25, 2022

In Operation

Boxes offers 65 different styles in its configuration file (/etc/boxes-config). Here’s an example of one of the styles, whirly.

Boxes - Whirly design

As the image shows, Boxes has drawn an ASCII art boxes around input text. Quite stylish!

It’s quite easy to define your own box designs if none of the 65 designs meet your specific requirements. New box designs of all sorts can easily be added and shared by appending to the program’s configuration file.

Other features of the software include:

  • Generation of regional comments in any programming language.
  • Freely and conveniently user-configurable boxes.
  • Alignment and positioning of text inside a box. You can define horizontal and vertical alignment of the input text block. It’s also possible to define the justification of lines within the input text block (left justification, center, or right justification).
  • Removal of boxes, even if a box is damaged by editing of contained text. The mended box is drawn according to the options given.
  • Many useful command line options are present (such as box size specification, indentation mode, padding, remove leading/trailing blank lines, control how tabs are treated, and much more).
  • Regular expression substitutions on input text (e.g. used for quoting closing comment tags in a C comment box).

To give you a good idea about the different designs, here’s a short video showing each of the designs.

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Page 2 – In Operation
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Complete list of articles in this series:

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ASCII Art ConverterA small utility that converts images into 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
FantasceneDynamic wallpaper changer
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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