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A full-featured PNG renderer for the terminal, built for blessed.

Convert any .png file (or .gif, see below) to an ANSI image and display it as an element or ANSI text.

Blessed uses an internal from-scratch PNG reader because no other javascript PNG reader supports Adam7 interlaced images (much less pass the png test suite).

The blessed PNG reader supports adam7 deinterlacing, animation (APNG), all color types, bit depths 1-32, alpha, alpha palettes, and outputs scaled bitmaps (cellmaps) in blessed for efficient rendering to the screen buffer. It also uses some code from libcaca/libcucul to add density ASCII characters in order to give the image more detail in the terminal.

.gif files are also supported via a javascript implementation (they are internally converted to bitmaps and fed to the PNG renderer). Any other image format is support only if the user has imagemagick (convert and identify) installed.


var tng = require('tng');

var img = tng(process.env.HOME + '/helloworld.png', {
  // less memory on animation (handle blending and dispose while rendering):
  optimization: 'mem',
  // add ascii characters for more detail (similar to libcaca):
  ascii: true,
  // scale cellmap to 20%:
  scale: 0.20,
  // OR:
  // ensure a width of 30 cells, maintains aspect ratio:
  // width: 30,
  // OR:
  // ensure a height of 10 cells, maintains aspect ratio:
  // height: 10

if (img.frames) { render(bmp, cellmap) {
    // Executed on each frame:
    var ansi = img.renderANSI(cellmap);
    process.stdout.write(ansi + '\n');
  setTimeout(function() {
    setTimeout(function() {;
    }, 2000);
  }, 3000);
} else {
  var ansi = img.renderANSI(img.cellmap);
  process.stdout.write(ansi + '\n');

Test Output

$ cd ./tng
$ node test test/apng/spinfox.png
$ node test full test/png/*

Contribution and License Agreement

If you contribute code to this project, you are implicitly allowing your code to be distributed under the MIT license. You are also implicitly verifying that all code is your original work. </legalese>


Copyright (c) 2015, Christopher Jeffrey. (MIT License)

See LICENSE for more info.

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