TOIlet - display large colourful characters
toilet [ -hkostvSW ] [ -d fontdirectory ]
[ -f fontfile ] [ -F filter ] [ -w outputwidth ]
[ -I infocode ] [ -E format ] [ message ]
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, colour fonts, filters and various export formats.
TOIlet either reads its input from the command line or from the
-f, --font <name>
Use the given font instead of the default value. Fonts are .flf
or .tlf files stored in the /usr/share/figlet directory. Fonts
are looked first in the font directory, then in the current
directory. There is also a special built-in font called term
that serves as a fallback if no font is available.
-d, --directory <dir>
Specify the directory in which to look for fonts. The default
value is set at build time and usually defaults to
-s, -S, -k, -W, -o
Select character composition rules. -S sets smushing (nicely
merging glyphs), -k sets kerning (rendering subcharacters as
close to each other as possible), -W renders characters at their
full width and -o sets overlapping (glyphs slightly overlap the
previous one). -s (default behaviour) uses the font’s smushing
information if any, otherwise forces overlapping, or does
nothing if the glyph only has one subcharacter.
-w, --width <width>
Set the output width. By default, TOIlet will wrap its output at
80 character columns.
Set the output width to the terminal width.
-F, --filter <filters>
-F, --filter list
Specify a list of filters to be applied to the output.
<filters> is a colon-separated list of filters such as
crop:rotate:gay and the special argument list outputs a list of
--gay and --metal are shortcuts to commonly used filters that
are guaranteed to exist. Several -F flags can also be specified
on the command line, in which case filters will be applied in
order of appearance.
-E, --export <format>
-E, --export list
Specify the output format. By default, TOIlet will output UTF-8
text using ANSI colour codes suitable for most terminals such as
XTerm or rxvt. <format> is the name of the export format as
recognised by libcaca. The special argument list outputs a list
of available export formats.
--irc and --html are shortcuts to commonly used export formats
that are guaranteed to exist.
Display a short help message and exit.
-I, --infocode <code>
Print a FIGlet infocode. This flag is only here for FIGlet
compatibility, see the figlet manpage for more information about
Output version information and exit.
toilet Hello World
toilet Hello | toilet
tail -f /var/log/messages | toilet -f term --gay
FIGlet compatibility is not complete yet.
TOIlet and this manual page were written by Sam Hocevar
<email@example.com>. There is a webpage available at