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A picture crawling motd thing that displays a random image in the terminal when run.

I was linked the other day and it looked nice, I wanted to play with it.

This is basically the tutorial put together in a module, I plan on expanding it a bit to do the following things:

  • Fetch a list of URLs to crawl from a main server.
  • Cache images it fetches locally and display a random image from those instead of going online every time
  • Possibly scale down the bigger images so you just get something fun in the terminal.
  • Perhaps add an option to not always display an image.

How to use

Run random-image and you will see a random 256-color image in your terminal.



  • cheerio
  • request
  • picture-tube