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Linux Candy: nyancat – Terminal-based Pop Tart Cat Animation

Last Updated on May 25, 2022

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nyancat is an animated, color, ANSI-text program that renders a loop of the classic Nyan Cat animation.

If Nyan Cat doesn’t ring a bell, it’s the name of a YouTube video uploaded in 2011 which became an internet meme. The video combined a Japanese pop song with an animated cartoon cat with a Pop-Tart for a torso, flying through space, and leaving a rainbow trail behind it. The video was immensely popular peaking at number 5 on the most viewed YouTube videos in 2011.


Let’s clone the project’s repository, compile the source code, and install the program with the following commands:

$ git clone
$ cd nyancat
$ make
$ sudo make install

The final command copies nyancat to /usr/bin/ and installs the man page.

Next page: Page 2 – In Operation

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

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