Julia package for displaying images in the terminal using ANSI colors and Unicode characters
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ImageInTerminal is a drop-in package that once imported changes how a single Colorant and whole Colorant arrays (regular images) are displayed in the interactive REPL. The displayed images will be downscaled to fit into the size of your active terminal session.

To activate this package simply import it into your Julia session.

Without ImageInTerminal

julia> using Images, TestImages

julia> testimage("cameraman")
512×512 Array{Gray{N0f8},2}:
 Gray{N0f8}(0.612)  Gray{N0f8}(0.616)  …  Gray{N0f8}(0.596)
 Gray{N0f8}(0.612)  Gray{N0f8}(0.616)     Gray{N0f8}(0.596)
 Gray{N0f8}(0.62)   Gray{N0f8}(0.616)     Gray{N0f8}(0.596)
 Gray{N0f8}(0.612)  Gray{N0f8}(0.616)  …  Gray{N0f8}(0.6)
 Gray{N0f8}(0.62)   Gray{N0f8}(0.616)     Gray{N0f8}(0.6)
 ⋮                                     ⋱
 Gray{N0f8}(0.435)  Gray{N0f8}(0.439)     Gray{N0f8}(0.439)
 Gray{N0f8}(0.494)  Gray{N0f8}(0.475)  …  Gray{N0f8}(0.467)
 Gray{N0f8}(0.475)  Gray{N0f8}(0.482)     Gray{N0f8}(0.435)
 Gray{N0f8}(0.475)  Gray{N0f8}(0.482)  …  Gray{N0f8}(0.435)
 Gray{N0f8}(0.475)  Gray{N0f8}(0.482)     Gray{N0f8}(0.435)

julia> colorview(RGB, rand(3, 10, 10))
10×10 Array{RGB{Float64},2}:
 RGB{Float64}(0.272693,0.183303,0.0411779)  …  RGB{Float64}(0.743438,0.903394,0.0491672)
 RGB{Float64}(0.035006,0.220871,0.377436)      RGB{Float64}(0.341061,0.145152,0.675675)
 RGB{Float64}(0.164915,0.275161,0.737311)      RGB{Float64}(0.636575,0.460115,0.255893)
 RGB{Float64}(0.656064,0.904043,0.796598)      RGB{Float64}(0.764059,0.573298,0.373081)
 RGB{Float64}(0.203784,0.682884,0.61882)       RGB{Float64}(0.544405,0.934227,0.995363)
 RGB{Float64}(0.906384,0.820926,0.308954)   …  RGB{Float64}(0.00728851,0.996279,0.620743)
 RGB{Float64}(0.574717,0.423059,0.306321)      RGB{Float64}(0.506259,0.138856,0.322121)
 RGB{Float64}(0.0372145,0.60332,0.121911)      RGB{Float64}(0.591279,0.74032,0.876621)
 RGB{Float64}(0.328746,0.69418,0.397904)       RGB{Float64}(0.90115,0.734102,0.893911)
 RGB{Float64}(0.422224,0.914328,0.773111)      RGB{Float64}(0.448258,0.955572,0.0445449)

Using ImageInTerminal

julia> using Images, TestImages, ImageInTerminal

julia> testimage("cameraman")

julia> colorview(RGB, rand(3, 10, 10))


Sixel encoder (Julia 1.6+)

If Sixel is supported by the terminal, this package will encode the content using a Sixel encoder for large images, and thus bring much better image visualization experience in terminal:


However, do notice that not all terminals support sixel format. See Terminals that support sixel for more information.

Display equations

ImageInTerminal can be used to display latex equations from Latexify.jl, here on mlterm:

using ImageInTerminal, Latexify

render(latexify(:(iħ * (∂Ψ(𝐫, t) / ∂t) = -ħ^2 / 2m * ΔΨ(𝐫, t) + V * Ψ(𝐫, t))), dpi=200)


8-bit (256) colors and 24-bit colors

By default this packages will detect if your running terminal supports 24-bit colors (true colors). If it does, the image will be displayed in 24-bit colors, otherwise it fallbacks to 8-bit (256 colors). To manually switch between 24-bit and 8-bit colors, you can use the internal helpers:

using ImageInTerminal

Note that 24 bits format only works as expected if your terminal supports it, otherwise you are likely to get some random outputs. To check if your terminal supports 24 bits color, you can check if the environment variable COLORTERM is set to 24bit (or truecolor).

Here's how images are displayed in 24-bit colors:


Enable and disable

If you want to temporarily disable this package, you can call ImageInTerminal.disable_encoding(). To restore the encoding functionality use ImageInTerminal.enable_encoding().


If you see out of place horizontal lines in your Image it means that your font displays the unicode block-characters in an unfortunate way. Try changing font or reducing your terminal's line-spacing. If your font is Source Code Pro, update to the latest version. It is recommended to use the JuliaMono font.