Thursday, November 30, 2023

Draws ASCII Shapes Around Text in Linux Terminal

Boxes is an application to draw boxes and shapes around text in linux terminal. For those who cannot imagine, below is one example of how boxes is used:

To install boxes, simply run below command in any debian like linux distro:
$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install boxes -y

To use it, simply echo any text and pipe it to boxes
$ echo "this is linuxwave" | boxes

Boxes comes with 59 designs by default. We can list all the styles by typing:
$ boxes -l

To use the designs, simply append -d flag, and provide the name of the design. For example, to use unicornsay style:
$ echo "this is linuxwave" | boxes -d unicornsay

And you will get something like this

As usual, to know more about a command, simply use man command
$ man boxes

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