Watch videos in terminal on Linux Ubuntu/Mint

Last Updated on March 21, 2012 by CSch

Watching videos in a terminal is not exactly a useful thing since everything can only be displayed in colored ASCII code - meaning, you will have quite a low resolution. However it is still a funny thing you should have done once if you're already on a Linux system.

All you basically need is a video and the newest version of mplayer - I'll use mplayer2 here since I had some issues with the official repository version. To download mplayer2, add the appropriate repository, refresh your sources and install afterwards:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ripps818/coreavc


sudo apt-get update


sudo apt-get install mplayer

If the last command does not work for you, replace mplayer with mplayer2 and try again. Afterwards, enter

mplayer -vo caca /home/christian/soi.mp4

to play the video (replace the video path i used with yours). To cancel the video, simply press q.

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