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Linux Candy: No More Secrets – data decryption effects

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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.

No More Secrets (nms) is a command line tool that recreates the famous data decryption effect seen in the 1992 thriller film Sneakers. It’s free and open source software.


We tested the software on Ubuntu. On a fresh installation of Ubuntu, you’ll need a few packages: git, make, gcc. You’ll probably have these software packages already installed. If not, run the command:

$ sudo apt install git make gcc

Clone the project’s GitHub repository with the command:

$ git clone

Change into the newly created directory:

$ cd no-more-secrets

Compile nms and sneakers with the commands:

$ make nms
$ make sneakers

These commands will create the programs nms and sneakers in the ./bin directory. If you want to install them on your system with their manual pages:

$ sudo make install

This performs the following commands:

install -d /usr/local/share/man/man6
install -m644 nms.6 sneakers.6 /usr/local/share/man/man6
install -d /usr/local/bin
cd bin && install * /usr/local/bin

In Operation

Here’s a short animation showing nms in action.

no more screts

nms works on piped data which can be ASCII or UTF-8 text. It applies the Hollywood effect showing encrypted data. Press a key and you’ll see a decryption sequence to reveal the original text.

The project also provides sneakers, which recreates the movie clip from the movie itself.


No More Secrets personifies our Linux Candy series.

It’s a fun little utility that aims to match the speed of the movie when decrypting the text.

If you don’t want to wait for the decryption process to start, start nms with the -a flag.

Developer: Brian Barto
License: GNU General Public License v3.0

No More Secrets is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Complete list of articles in this series:

Linux Candy
ASCIIQuariumEmbrace marine life from the terminal with beautiful ASCII art
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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