figlet – Display large characters made up of ordinary screen character.

toilet – Prints text using large characters made of smaller characters. It is similar in many ways to figlet with additional features such as Unicode handling, color fonts, filters, and various export formats.

Install figlet and toilet

Use yum or apt-get to install figlet and toilet –

  • sudo apt-get update

  • sudo apt-get install figlet

  • sudo apt-get install toilet

How do I use figlet?

Simply write it as follows –

figlet tec4tric

figlet fonts:::

You can find all the fonts in this directory /usr/share/figlet

The -f option can be used to specify font

figlet -f big tec4tric

How do I use toilet?

Use as follows –

toilet -f bigmono12 -F gay tec4tric

Where -f is font name & -F filter name.
To list all the installed, just type –

toilet -F list

Available filters:
“crop”: crop unused blanks
“gay”: add a rainbow color effect
“metal”: add a metallic color effect
“flip”: flip horizontally
“flop”: flip vertically
“180”: rotate 180 degrees
“left”: rotate 90 degrees counterclockwise
“right”: rotate 90 degrees clockwise
“border”: surround text with a border

You can also choose two filters, just like the below line –

toilet -f bigmono12 -F flip --gay 123