Linux / UNIX Desktop Fun: Terminal ASCII Aquarium

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You can now enjoy mysteries of the sea from the safety of your own terminal using ASCIIQuarium. It is an aquarium/sea animation in ASCII art created using perl.

Install Term::Animation

First, you need to install Perl module called Term-Animation. Open a command-line terminal (select Applications > Accessories > Terminal), and then type:
$ sudo apt-get install libcurses-perl
$ cd /tmp
$ wget
$ tar -zxvf Term-Animation-2.4.tar.gz
$ cd Term-Animation-2.4/
$ perl Makefile.PL && make && make test
$ sudo make install

Download and Install ASCIIQuarium

While still at bash prompt, type:
$ cd /tmp
$ wget
$ tar -zxvf asciiquarium.tar.gz
$ cd asciiquarium_1.0/
$ sudo cp asciiquarium /usr/local/bin
$ sudo chmod 0755 /usr/local/bin/asciiquarium

How do I view my ASCII Aquarium?

Simply type the following command:
$ /usr/local/bin/asciiquarium
$ perl /usr/local/bin/asciiquarium

(Fig.01: ASCII Aquarium [ click to enlarge ] )

Related media

Video 01: ASCIIQuarium – Sea Animation on Linux / Unix Desktop

Download: erminal ASCII Aquarium KDE and Mac OS X Version

Download asciiquarium. If you’re running Mac OS X, try a packaged version that will run out of the box. For KDE users, try a KDE Screensaver based on the Asciiquarium.

35 comment

    1. Strictly speaking this is a curses animation, it will work over any terminal with a proper curses descriptor not just an ANSI terminal.

  1. Just a small detail: chances are you are not the owner of the file you just sudo cp’d into /usr/local/bin, so you won’t have the necessary permissions to chmod at the end. It should be ‘sudo chmod’.

    A great find. Thanks.

  2. Any idea how to Install Term::Animation on Fedora 14?
    The perl ‘Makefile.PL && make && make test’ fails with message:
    BEGIN failed–compilation aborted at Makefile.PL line 2.

    When I looked at this line I see:
    use ExtUtils::MakeMaker;
    Then I installed the perl-MakeMaker-5.41-10.i386.rpm package from:

    Ok. Installed without errors.
    Now I tried again ‘Makefile.PL && make && make test’
    And again it complains about BEGIN failed–compilation aborted at Makefile.PL line 2.

    Any ideas? Thanks in advance

  3. Not sure if posted. For OSX. I became root and issued the command:


    I then accepted all the default prompts.

    Then I ran

    cpan>install Term::Animation

    Then I ran:
    shine:~ jasonralph$ asciiquarium

    Since it was in my path the binary ran perfectly.
    Afer that I was able to see the coolness. Very sweet.


  4. can u tell, how must I do after I get this message : BEGIN failed–compilation aborted at Makefile.PL line 2. I used fedora, thanks

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