Stupid Terminal Tricks: The Dancing ASCII Party Parrot

Mar 23, 2018 - 3 Comments

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Want to horse around in the Terminal? If you have already finished watching Star Wars in ASCII from the command line, you have Rickrolled the Terminal dozens of times, and you’re done watching The Matrix style scrolling screens of text gibberish, and the scrolling screens of poop emoji is no longer cutting the mustard, perhaps it’s time to see a dancing color-cycling ASCII party parrot at the command line.

Oh yes, with a simple command string you will have an ASCII art party parrot bobbing its head in your Terminal window. Are you excited yet? Of course you are!

There isn’t much rocket science or complexity to this one, so you can put down your extra cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy the magic.

To see the goofy command line parrot, all you need to do is launch the Terminal application (found within your /Applications/Utilities/ directory), then type the following command string:

curl parrot.live

Hit the Return key and in just a moment you will be enjoying an endlessly dancing party parrot.

When you have finished enjoying your ASCII head bobbing parrot, hit Control+C to stop the dance.

If you’re wondering how this works, it uses the curl command to stream the ASCII from the server ‘parrot.live’ (who runs parrot.live is anyones guess, but presumably they are an ASCII parrot enthusiast), you can break the magic by scrolling up the Terminal window and you’ll see its just a ton of text that is scrolling down the window, thereby giving the illusion it’s a dancing bobbing parrot head.

Here’s what this little gem looks like in animated GIF format:

The color changing party parrot at the command line

Is this useful? Is this the most important thing you will see this day, year, decade? Is this the secret of the universe? Is a party parrot dancing in ASCII art at your Terminal the purpose of it all? Who knows? But it’s goofy, and sometimes goofy is just plain fun.

This little trick was found on Twitter from @darksim905, though it looks like this is the original Github source, and apparently there’s an entire “cultofthepartyparrot.com” for anyone interested in taking this to some other level.

It’s Friday, can you tell?

Alright, now that you’re hooked on ASCII parrots, you can have a little fun and create ASCII art banners yourself, watch movies in ASCII art with VLC, or indulge yourself in learning some other command line tricks and topics.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Command Line, Fun

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  1. Dan Trockman says:

    To get it to work in terminal for me on MacOS, I used: ‘sudo curl parrot.live’

    • Jose says:

      You should not use sudo for this, and you do not need to use sudo. sudo gives superuser privilege and then you are connecting to a remote server downloading who knows what with superuser access…. bad idea at every level do not do that.

  2. Alaa says:

    It’s really annoying that Mac updates not upon our expectations, mobile updates as well

    I started to hate it ( where are you Steve jobs )

    Please fix the errrors

    Thank you
    Alaa

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