TOIlet – “The Other Implementation’s letters”

TOIlet is a small, open source, console-based tool that prints text using large characters made of smaller characters. It’s similar in many ways to FIGlet with additional features. TOIlet stands for “The Other Implementation’s letters”, coined after FIGlet’s “Frank, Ian and Glen’s letters”.

TOIlet uses the powerful libcaca library (now discontinued) to achieve various text-based effects. TOIlet can apply filters on the output (rotate, colourise, etc.) and can produce output in various formats, including ANSI, HTML, and SVG.

TOIlet aims for full FIGlet compatibility. It’s currently able to load FIGlet fonts and perform horizontal smushing.

The software either reads its input from the command line or from the standard input.

Features include:

  • Ability to load FIGlet fonts.
  • Filters – post-processing filter functions:
    • crop – crop unused blanks.
    • rainbow – adds a rainbow colour effect.
    • metal – adds a metallic colour effect.
    • flip – flip horizontally.
    • flop – flip vertically.
    • 180 – rotate 180 degrees
    • left – rotate 90 degrees counterclockwise.
    • right – rotate 90 degrees clockwise.
    • border – surround text with a border.
  • Render modes:
    • Default.
    • Force smushing.
    • Kerning.
    • Full width.
    • Overlap.
  • Support for Unicode input and output handling.
  • Support for colour fonts.
  • Support for colour output.
  • Set the terminal’s width.
  • Support for various output formats:
    • caca (native libcaca format).
    • ANSI.
    • UTF8 – with ANSI escape codes.
    • UTF8CR – with ANSI escape codes and MS-DOS \r
    • HTML.
    • HTML3 – backwards compatible HTML.
    • BBFR – BBCode (French).
    • IRC – with mIRC colours.
    • PostScript.
    • SVG vector image.
    • TGA image.
    • TROFF source.

Support: GitHub code repository
Developer: Sam Hocevar
License: Open Source


The last version of TOIlet was back in 2012. The software is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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