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I have ssh access to my web server. I have some image files there and I would like to see a preview of. Is there a tool that will help me? Is there a curses-based viewer that will approximate the picture?

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up vote 22 down vote accepted

Oh yes

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If you prefer colour there's libcaca

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I'd +10 this if I could... LOL! Good answer! – skub Jan 16 '12 at 0:10
aview is awesome! Is there any particular difference between the formats .p[ngbp]m? – user111228 Jan 16 '12 at 0:19
@hesse: about .p{ngbp}m and converting them to/from jpeg etc – RedGrittyBrick Jan 16 '12 at 16:15
all I can say is YES. – Fox Wilson Aug 18 '13 at 3:40
@RedGrittyBrick : Nice, but most screen can display colours today. (this include ssh and ncurses) – user2284570 Aug 2 '14 at 13:12

The libcaca library comes with img2txt and cacaview tools for this. In color.

One can watch movies through it as well:

mplayer -really-quiet -vo caca ~/Movies/*
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there's also fbi if you have frame buffer enabled. IDK if it would work over SSH, but I can view pictures from TTY without having X enabled with it.

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No, it wouldn't, because SSH does not have a framebuffer. – grawity Aug 18 '13 at 12:37
Yeah. I know a lot more about what's going with my stuff than I did over a year ago. – Rob Aug 19 '13 at 15:42

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