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Linux Candy: ponysay – cowsay reimplemention for ponies

Last Updated on May 25, 2022

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

You might have heard of cowsay, software that generates ASCII pictures of a cow with a message. cowsay isn’t limited to cow depictions, it also shows other animals, including Tux the Penguin.

Less well known is ponysay, a wonderful alternative to cowsay. It’s a rewrite of cowsay with lots of full-color characters from My Little Pony. There’s over 400 characters and character combinations. While cowsay is written in Perl, ponysay is developed in Python.


To install ponysay, check out the project’s README. There’s different ways to install it on your system. You can clone the project’s source code and install it. Alternatively, you can install a package assuming one is available for your distro. For example, there’s a package in the official repositories in Arch Linux. To clone the project and install.

$ git clone
$ cd ponysay
$ sudo ./ --freedom=partial install

Next page: Page 2 – In Operation

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Other Features
Page 4 – Summary

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