How to change the ASCII logo in Neofetch

How to change the ASCII logo in Neofetch

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Neofetch is a command-line utility software that displays the system information and configuration settings attractively. Neofetch is a popular software among people who enjoy customizing their desktops and showcasing their configurations (often referred to as "rice"). It has been well-liked since its creation. In this article let's have a look at how we can change the ASCII logo which neofetch displays in the output.

Installation

To install Neofetch, go to the terminal and search for the Neofetch package in your preferred package manager. Neofetch is a popular tool, so it should be easily available in most repositories.

For Ubuntu/Debian

Note: Do not use sudo on Debian-based distros

First, update your system

sudo apt update

Install neofetch using apt package manager

sudo apt install neofetch

For Arch Systems

Using Pacman, type:

pacman -S neofetch

Using Yaourt, run:

yaourt -S neofetch-git

Or

yaourt -S neofetch

This command will clone the neofetch-git repository and build the package using mkepkg
Using packer run

packer -S neofetch

Or

packer -S neofetch-git

The Default Output

The default output of neofetch command is as below:

neofetch

output:

As you can see we can have different ASCII logos, this can be achieved by typing the following command in the terminal:

neofetch --ascii_distro <distroname>

The following <distroname> options are vailable:

ASCII:
       --ascii_colors x x x x x x
              Colors to print the ascii art

       --ascii_distro distro
              Which Distro's ascii art to print

       NOTE: AIX, Alpine, AlterLinux, Anarchy, Android, Antergos, antiX,
              "AOSC OS", "AOSC OS/Retro", Apricity, ArcoLinux, ArchBox, ARCHlabs,  ArchStrike,  XFerience,  Arch‐
              Merge,  Arch,  Artix, Arya, Bedrock, Bitrig, BlackArch, BLAG, BlankOn, BlueLight, bonsai, BSD, Bun‐
              senLabs,  Calculate,  Carbs,  CentOS,  Chakra,  ChaletOS,  Chapeau,  Chrom,   Cleanjaro,   ClearOS,
              Clear_Linux, Clover, Condres, Container_Linux, CRUX, Cucumber, Debian, Deepin, DesaOS, Devuan, Dra‐
              cOS,  DragonFly,  Drauger,  Elementary,  EndeavourOS,  Endless,  EuroLinux, Exherbo, Fedora, Feren,
              FreeBSD, FreeMiNT, Frugalware, Funtoo, GalliumOS, Gentoo, Pentoo, gNewSense, GNOME, GNU, GoboLinux,
              Grombyang, Guix, Haiku, Huayra, Hyperbola, janus, Kali, KaOS, KDE_neon, Kibojoe,  Kogaion,  Korora,
              KSLinux,  Kubuntu,  LEDE, LFS, Linux_Lite, LMDE, Lubuntu, Lunar, macos, Mageia, MagpieOS, Mandriva,
              Manjaro, Maui, Mer, Minix, LinuxMint, MX_Linux, Namib, Neptune, NetBSD, Netrunner,  Nitrux,  NixOS,
              Nurunner,  NuTyX,  OBRevenge,  OpenBSD,  OpenIndiana,  openmamba, OpenMandriva, OpenStage, OpenWrt,
              osmc, Oracle, OS Elbrus, PacBSD, Parabola, Pardus, Parrot, Parsix, TrueOS,  PCLinuxOS,  Peppermint,
              popos,  Porteus,  PostMarketOS, Proxmox, Puppy, PureOS, Qubes, Radix, Raspbian, Reborn_OS, Redstar,
              Redcore, Redhat, Refracted_Devuan, Regata, Rosa, sabotage, Sabayon, Sailfish, SalentOS, Scientific,
              Septor, SereneLinux, SharkLinux, Siduction, Slackware, SliTaz, SmartOS, Solus, Source_Mage, Sparky,
              Star, SteamOS, SunOS, openSUSE_Leap,  openSUSE_Tumbleweed,  openSUSE,  SwagArch,  Tails,  Trisquel,
              Ubuntu-Budgie,  Ubuntu-GNOME,  Ubuntu-MATE,  Ubuntu-Studio, Ubuntu, Venom, Void, Obarun, windows10,
              Windows7, Xubuntu, Zorin, and IRIX have ascii logos

              NOTE: Arch, Ubuntu, Redhat, and Dragonfly have 'old' logo variants.

              NOTE: Use '{distro name}_old' to use the old logos.

              NOTE: Ubuntu has flavor variants.

       NOTE: Change this to Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu-GNOME,
              Ubuntu-Studio, Ubuntu-Mate  or Ubuntu-Budgie to use the flavors.

       NOTE: Arcolinux, Dragonfly, Fedora, Alpine, Arch, Ubuntu,
              CRUX, Debian, Gentoo, FreeBSD, Mac, NixOS, OpenBSD, android,  Antrix,  CentOS,  Cleanjaro,  Elemen‐
              taryOS, GUIX, Hyperbola, Manjaro, MXLinux, NetBSD, Parabola, POP_OS, PureOS, Slackware, SunOS, Lin‐
              uxLite, OpenSUSE, Raspbian, postmarketOS, and Void have a smaller logo variant.

              NOTE: Use '{distro name}_small' to use the small variants.

Set Custom Image

To set a custom image you need to first convert the image into ASCII art. To do this we need a program called jp2a, it is a simple JPEG-to-ASCII converter.

Execute the following command to perform the conversion and store the JPEG image in ASCII text format:

jp2a ~/Pictures/photo.jpg >> ~/Downloads/photo.txt

To employ this image with neofetch, input the subsequent command:

neofetch --ascii ~/Downloads/photo.txt

output:

Final Words

In conclusion, changing the ASCII logo in Neofetch is a simple process that allows you to personalize your terminal and make it your own. By using the jp2a and --ascii flag and providing the path to your custom image file, you can easily set a new logo for Neofetch to display.

Remember to keep the image file in a supported format and to use the correct file path when specifying the location of the image. With a few quick commands, you can give your terminal a fresh new look with a custom Neofetch logo.

And as always, Keep Reading, Keep Exploring and Keep Learning.