ASCII cinema: animated text-only embeds

Ascii Cinema is a purely text-based way to record and view, well, text. Whether it's terminal sessions or gorgeous ASCII animations such as those created by MapSCII, this means you get crisp, copy/pastable 1:1 representations of the input and output in a form as easily embedded as a YouTube video.

Simple recording

Record right where you work – in a terminal. To start just run asciinema rec, to finish hit Ctrl-D or type exit.

Copy & paste

Any time you see a command you'd like to try in your own terminal just pause the player and copy-paste the content you want. It's just a text after all!


Easily embed an asciicast player in your blog post, project documentation page or in your conference talk slides.

Here are a few pretty examples: