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mini freamwork to render images in the terminals/ttys.

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let cfg = Config::new(vec![' ', '.', ',', '-', '~', '!', '*', '%', '$', '@', '#'].into());

let image = image::open("mylove.jpg").unwrap();
let (w, h) = image.dimensions();

let mut out = BufWriter::with_capacity(cfg.calc_buf_size(w, h), io::stdout().lock());

convert_image_to_ascii(&cfg, &image, &mut out).expect("IO error");

Enable the foreground colors

let cfg = Config::new(vec![' ', '.', ',', '-', '~', '!', '*', '%'].into()).with_flags(COLORS);

// ...

Reverse them with the background color

let cfg = Config::new(Sympols::empty()).with_background((232, 209, 204)).with_flags(COLORS | REVERSE);

// ...

If you wanna build a rebresentesion in memory so you can modify it or use it multiple times, then you may found that implement FragmentWriter for such a structher is useful.

struct TerminalFrame {
    fragments: Vec<(char, ANSIColor)>,
   cfg: Config,

impl FragmentWriter for TerminalFrame {
    fn background(&mut self, _: &ANSIColor) -> Result<bool, Box<dyn std::error::Error>> {
        // Nah, I don't care, I have my configs :p
        //  but pretent like if you care so it will skip the swap operation.

    fn write_fragment(&mut self, info: FragmentInfo) -> Result<(), Box<dyn std::error::Error>> {
        self.fragments.push((info.sym, info.fg));

    fn write_colored_fragment(
        &mut self,
        info: FragmentInfo,
        _: Option<&ANSIColor>,
        _: Option<&ANSIColor>,
    ) -> Result<(), Box<dyn std::error::Error>> {

    fn write_bytes(&mut self, _bytes: &[u8]) -> Result<(), Box<dyn std::error::Error>> {
        // Just ignore them

// So you can use it as a buffer
let cfg = Config::new(vec!['I', 'L', 'O', 'V', 'E', 'U'].into()).with_flags(COLORS);

let image = image::open("mylove.jpg").unwrap();
let (w, h) = image.dimensions();
let mut frame = TerminalFrame {
    fragments: Vec::with_capacity(w as usize * h as usize),
    cfg: cfg.clone(),
aarty::convert_image_to_ascii(&cfg, &image, &mut frame).expect("Write error");
//  Do whatever you want with this object...

But be aware by doing this, you'll have to implement the rendaring mechanism when its its the time to print the image (a.k.a. rendering it).

For such this case, we have TextImage, which basically dose the same thing as the code above but in more ergnomic way, And it does implement the rendering mechanism, so you can just print it, and it will render the image properly. You can enable this type with text_image feature, which is enabled by default.

The text_image feature also include the ToTextImage trait, which provide an ergonomic way to construct an TextImage object.

use aarty::ToTextImage;
let cfg = Config::new_with_background(Sympols::empty(), (232, 209, 204).into()).with_flags(COLORS | REVERSE);

let image = image::open("mylove.jpg").unwrap().to_text(cfg);

You have to enable the image feature for this to work.

The binary

We offer a simple binary that's implement the most of this crate features. You can build it with the build command or if u use cargo then you can install it via cargo install aarty.

[!Note] for more information about the binary and how to use it, you can run aarty --help or see this match.


I'm happy to accept any contributions, just consider reading the CONTRIBUTING.md guide first.

the main keywords are: signed commits, conventional commits, no emojis, linear history, the PR shouldn't have more than tree commits most of the time


This project is licensed under MIT license.

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