figlet

Creates ASCII Art from text. A full implementation of the FIGfont spec.

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 \___  /   |___|\______  /____/\___  >__| /\ /\__|  /____  >
     \/                \/          \/     \/ \______|    \/ 
 

This project aims to fully implement the FIGfont spec in JavaScript. It works in the browser and with Node.js. You can see it in action here: http://patorjk.com/software/taag/ (the figlet.js file was written to power that application)

Install:

npm install figlet

Simple usage:

var figlet = require('figlet');
 
figlet('Hello World!!', function(errdata) {
    if (err) {
        console.log('Something went wrong...');
        console.dir(err);
        return;
    }
    console.log(data)
});

That should print out:

  _   _      _ _        __        __         _     _ _ _ 
 | | | | ___| | | ___   \ \      / /__  _ __| | __| | | |
 | |_| |/ _ \ | |/ _ \   \ \ /\ / / _ \| '__| |/ _` | | |
 |  _  |  __/ | | (_) |   \ V  V / (_) | |  | | (_| |_|_|
 |_| |_|\___|_|_|\___/     \_/\_/ \___/|_|  |_|\__,_(_|_)

There are 5 main functions on the figlet object.

Calling the figlet object as a function is shorthand for calling the text function. This method allows you to create ASCII Art from text. It takes in 3 parameters:

  • Input Text - A string of text to turn into ASCII Art.
  • Font Options - Either a string indicating the font name or an options object (description below).
  • Callback - A function to execute with the generated ASCII Art.

Example:

figlet.text('Boo!', {
    font: 'Ghost',
    horizontalLayout: 'default',
    verticalLayout: 'default'
}, function(errdata) {
    if (err) {
        console.log('Something went wrong...');
        console.dir(err);
        return;
    }
    console.log(data);
});

That will print out:

.-. .-')                            ,---. 
\  ( OO )                           |   | 
 ;-----.\  .-'),-----.  .-'),-----. |   | 
 | .-.  | ( OO'  .-.  '( OO'  .-.  '|   | 
 | '-' /_)/   |  | |  |/   |  | |  ||   | 
 | .-. `. \_) |  |\|  |\_) |  |\|  ||  .' 
 | |  \  |  \ |  | |  |  \ |  | |  |`--'  
 | '--'  /   `'  '-'  '   `'  '-'  '.--.  
 `------'      `-----'      `-----' '--' 

This method is the synchronous version of the method above.

  • Input Text - A string of text to turn into ASCII Art.
  • Font Options - Either a string indicating the font name or an options object (description below).

Example:

console.log(figlet.textSync('Boo!', {
    font: 'Ghost',
    horizontalLayout: 'default',
    verticalLayout: 'default'
}));

That will print out:

.-. .-')                            ,---.
\  ( OO )                           |   |
 ;-----.\  .-'),-----.  .-'),-----. |   |
 | .-.  | ( OO'  .-.  '( OO'  .-.  '|   |
 | '-' /_)/   |  | |  |/   |  | |  ||   |
 | .-. `. \_) |  |\|  |\_) |  |\|  ||  .'
 | |  \  |  \ |  | |  |  \ |  | |  |`--'
 | '--'  /   `'  '-'  '   `'  '-'  '.--.
 `------'      `-----'      `-----' '--'

The font options object has 3 parameters which you can set:

Type: String Default value: 'Standard'

A string value that indicates the FIGlet font to use.

Type: String Default value: 'default'

A string value that indicates the horizontal layout to use. FIGlet fonts have 5 possible values for this: "default", full", "fitted", "controlled smushing", and "universal smushing". "default" does the kerning the way the font designer intended, "full" uses full letter spacing, "fitted" moves the letters together until they almost touch, and "controlled smushing" and "universal smushing" are common FIGlet kerning setups.

Type: String Default value: 'default'

A string value that indicates the vertical layout to use. FIGlet fonts have 5 possible values for this: "default", full", "fitted", "controlled smushing", and "universal smushing". "default" does the kerning the way the font designer intended, "full" uses full letter spacing, "fitted" moves the letters together until they almost touch, and "controlled smushing" and "universal smushing" are common FIGlet kerning setups.

The layout options allow you to override a font's default "kerning". Below you can see how this effects the text. The string "Kerning" was printed using the "Standard" font with horiontal layouts of "default", "fitted" and then "full".

  _  __               _             
 | |/ /___ _ __ _ __ (_)_ __   __ _ 
 | ' // _ \ '__| '_ \| | '_ \ / _` |
 | . \  __/ |  | | | | | | | | (_| |
 |_|\_\___|_|  |_| |_|_|_| |_|\__, |
                              |___/ 
  _  __                   _               
 | |/ / ___  _ __  _ __  (_) _ __    __ _ 
 | ' / / _ \| '__|| '_ \ | || '_ \  / _` |
 | . \|  __/| |   | | | || || | | || (_| |
 |_|\_\\___||_|   |_| |_||_||_| |_| \__, |
                                    |___/ 
  _  __                        _                 
 | |/ /   ___   _ __   _ __   (_)  _ __     __ _ 
 | ' /   / _ \ | '__| | '_ \  | | | '_ \   / _` |
 | . \  |  __/ | |    | | | | | | | | | | | (_| |
 |_|\_\  \___| |_|    |_| |_| |_| |_| |_|  \__, |
                                           |___/ 

In most cases you'll either use the default setting or the "fitted" setting. Most fonts don't support vertical kerning, but a hand full fo them do (like the "Standard" font).

The metadata function allows you to retrieve a font's default options and header comment. Example usage:

figlet.metadata('Standard', function(erroptionsheaderComment) {
    if (err) {
        console.log('something went wrong...');
        console.dir(err);
        return;
    }
    console.dir(options);
    console.log(headerComment);
});

The fonts function allows you to get a list of all of the available fonts. Example usage:

figlet.fonts(function(errfonts) {
    if (err) {
        console.log('something went wrong...');
        console.dir(err);
        return;
    }
    console.dir(fonts);
});

The synchronous version of the fonts method

console.log(figlet.fontsSync());

The browser API is the same as the Node API with the exception of the "fonts" method not being available. The browser version also requires jQuery (any version should work as it only utilizes the ajax method for its loadFont function).

Example usage:

<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery-1.7.2.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="figlet.js"></script>
    
<script>
 
    figlet(inputText, 'Standard', function(errtext) {
        if (err) {
            console.log('something went wrong...');
            console.dir(err);
            return;
        }
        console.log(text);
    });
 
</script> 

See the examples folder for a more robust front-end example.

To use figlet.js on the command line, install figlet-cli:

npm install -g figlet-cli

And then you should be able run from the command line. Example:

figlet -f "Dancing Font" "Hi"

For more info see the figlet-cli.

  • 2013.01.02 v1.0.8 Added tests and command line info.
  • 2013.12.28 v1.0.7 README update and minor tweaks.
  • 2014.07.31 v1.0.10 Bug fixes.
  • 2014.08.15 v1.1.0 Sync functions added.