Watch Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in ASCII via Telnet

Dec 18, 2009 - 7 Comments

watch star wars ascii art

ASCII art is just one of those wonderful retro throwbacks to the earliest days of computing. So, if you’re looking for a nostalgic return to the the days of BBS, MUD, and IRC, and perhaps a little bored at school or work, why not watch the entirety of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope discretely thanks to being rendered entirely in ASCII art?

Yea seriously, you read that right, you can watch Star Wars in ASCII art, so live your wildest dreams because we’ve got you covered here, thanks to a fully rendered ASCII version of the movie that you can access with Telnet via your command line of just about any modern operating system with a command prompt.

How to Watch Star Wars from the Terminal

In Mac OS X, Linux, unix, and even windows, all you need to do is launch the Terminal or appropriate command prompt and type the following:


Now just sit back, relax, and enjoy Star Wars, all drawn in ASCII art, subtitled and all.

Now, I’ll be very impressed if you can get through the entire thing, but I’m sure many do. And yes seriously this works on any platform with a telnet client, so even if you’re not going for the nostalgia because you’re actually stuck in 1993 with Windows 3.11, as long as you have a telnet client, your life can be saved with Star Wars: A New Hope. Oh, the joy of ASCII, what would we do without thee?

Telnet Star Wars server and movie

And yes this is obviously ridiculous and retro, and so incredibly silly I almost didn’t post it, but it’s Friday so what the hey…


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Command Line, Fun


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  1. Matthew says:


  2. Dan Loras says:

    I doubt that you’re really stuck on Windows 3.11 if you’re reading this, but if you are, you need more than just a telnet client to get this to work. You need a network connection and a network stack. It would probably just be easier to use HyperTerm if you have a modem, and dial into a local BBS that has telnet out. Or better yet, just enjoy the BBS, post on FidoNet, play LORD, BRE, or whichever other game you fancy. ;)

  3. […] and if you’re suddenly on a Star Wars kick, you can watch “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” entirely in ASCII using the command line (nerd […]

  4. Agustin Moye says:

    I really love the recently released star wars adidas film. It definitely made me laugh.

  5. I must obtain the latest star wars theme on my Tom Tom GPS. Looks like It is fantastic!

  6. Woodgie says:

    I remember this! I think it went offline a while back, it’s nice to see it’s still around.

  7. BitterMacFace says:

    this made the day at the office, thanks! dumbest thing I’ve seen!

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