A downloadable tool for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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Playscii is an open source ASCII art and animation program. It runs on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Website: http://vectorpoem.com/playscii

Documentation: http://vectorpoem.com/playscii/howto_main.html

Hardware requirements:

  • OpenGL 2.1-capable video card with GLSL 1.30* support.

In other words: if your computer was made after 2008, there's a good chance it can run Playscii.

macOS build requires version 10.10 aka Yosemite or later.

Please note that Playscii is open source, still in development, and is offered as a pay-what-you-want download here on itch. Pay something if you want to support the developer, but don't feel obligated to! Testing and bug reports are appreciated; you can file bugs on the project's Bitbucket page.

* Playscii will detect your GLSL version on startup and quit with an error message if version 1.30 or higher is not found.

Published Feb 24, 2015
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
AuthorJP LeBreton
Tagsascii, Retro, tool
LicenseMIT License
Average sessionDays or more
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
LinksHomepage, Source code, Twitter
MentionsGet ready for Ludum Dare: Game developme...


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

playscii_win32-0.9.10.zip 20 MB
playscii_mac-0.9.10.dmg 16 MB
playscii_source-0.9.10.zip 1 MB

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On a scale of one to ten how likely would you be to sue me if I used this for my project https://sabbaticstudios.itch.io/asylum-of-the-dwarf-king ?


Zero? I don't understand why I'd sue anyone?! I made Playscii so that people could make things with it, the code is open source and there's no license whatsoever regarding the art you create with it. Do whatever you like!

Man... Thanks for creating this tool. I've searching for something like this for months! Now i can create easy sprites and arts for my games and etc.


This is the coolest thing I've seen since TheDraw 4.63 for DOS :)

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Is there any way to change the folder you save documents to? I prefer to save documents on a different disk than the C drive, which in my case is an SSD (I just have program files and whatnot on there)


I'm using this code to detect the user's Documents dir: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6227590/finding-the-users-my-documents-path/...

But it seems like that doesn't properly detect when the user has a non-default Documents dir location? That's frustrating, sorry. It looks like there's a module (called winshell) I could use to detect this. I'll add that to my TODO list.

In the meantime, if you're running Win7 or later and don't mind a bit of command line fiddling you could make a symbolic link between your default Documents dir's Playscii/ subdir and your desired Documents dir.  https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753194(WS.10).aspx

What about an android port?

Neat and technically possible, but unlikely to be worth the massive effort - probably 9-12 months of full-time work. Playscii's UI is mouse and keyboard centric, it's coded in Python which isn't easy to get running on Android, and it uses regular OpenGL instead of OpenGL ES (the mobile flavor).

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Well I think that $5 would be a great price for a portable version and hopefully make the development time worth it. Few other developers I really like do that. Desktop versions free, mobile costs. Either way hopefully you decide to, would enjoy doing this to and from work on public transportation.

Edit: Also, if you could port it as is, with the ability to zoom in and out that would be awesome. Though I would use this on my phone, on my tablet as is would be fine. Check out SunVox if you get a chance. Has one of the best interfaces for this sort of thing on mobile.


Hey know this is free/nyop, but I gave up my last $0.50 to show you some support ;).

As ever, thanks for this. It's lovely, and makes me wish I sucked less at ASCII art.