Birthdays are special occasions, and it’s very satisfying and a pleasure to get birthday wishes from loved ones.
As a Linux user, you can surprise our friends and family with some cool birthday wishes from the terminal.
Here's a birthday card (or should I say animation) I created for the birthday of Abhishek Sir.
Everyone in the team liked it so much that I was requested to do a tutorial on it. I am only glad to comply as it may help our readers :)
This tutorial requires editing config files in the terminal. Proficiency with Linux terminals and commands make it easier to follow this tutorial.
PyBirthdayWish is a small Python program through which you can create beautiful terminal birthday wishes. With music too!
The program itself is not available in the default repositories of Ubuntu. You need to install it using Pip.
First, install pip in Ubuntu, using the command below:
sudo apt install python3-pip
Once Pip is installed, you can clone the repo and install the program:
git clone https://github.com/hemantapkh/PyBirthdayWish.git && cd PyBirthdayWish && pip install -r requirements.txt
On their repo, you can check the
.requirements.txt file to know what are the requirements as mentioned in the above command.
After the installation is complete, inside the
PyBirthdayWish directory, that you have cloned, run the command below:
This will ask you to press F11 and then enter to go full screen mode and then play the animation.
There is music too, but not shown here.
It's highly customizable. Let me show various levels of optional customization you can do with this tool.
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Create the default birthday wish
In the above program, there are three wish Python files that can be used for the animation. They are,
artwithstars. You can open these three files in text editor to get an overview.
Now, if you want to use the
artwithstars file instead of the default example, open the
config.py in any available text editor, replace the
arts entry with the required name and save it, as shown in the screenshot below:
After that, in the
PyBirthdayWish directory, run:
And you will get the new animation.
Create a custom birthday wish
What if you want to print the name of your loved one, instead of the default text? This needs a little bit of patience because you need to edit the art file without destroying it.
First, make a backup copy of the design art files you want. Which is basically copying the file in the same
arts directory but with a different name; say
Now, open the design art file with the text editor of your choice. Replace the text in the art file with the one you need. It will be wise to use the symbols
| _ \ / for creating the text, design etc. You can use an online tool to convert text to ASCII.
Typing one character moves the rest of the animation one character forward. Similarly, removing a character moves the rest of the design, one character backward. So, you should add a space if you remove a character. Similarly, remove one space if you added a new character on a particular line. This should be done in real-time so that you can view the changes. This way, you can match the rest of the design and not destroy the looks, when completed.
After completing the edit, save it. Now, open config.py and change the art file to show your file.
You can now run to get your required text inside the animation:
Use your own music file
You can use your own music file as part of this animation.
If you are planning to upload the video on YouTube of other such sites, please use copyright-free music to avoid issues.
Copy your music file inside the cloned directory.
Edit the config.py file to add the new music, as shown in the screenshot below:
Done! Now, if you execute the run command,
python3 PyBirthdayWish.py, the custom music will be played along with the animation.
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Create an executable
If you want to send the above wish message as an executable to a friend, there is a way for this too.
An associated pyinstaller will be installed to the
.local/bin directory, which will not be on your path.
So add that directory to your path using:
To make it permanent, add it to your
After you are done with the art file editing and changing the config file to reflect the change, use the command below to create an executable:
pyinstaller --noconfirm --onefile --console --icon "icon.ico" --no-embed-manifest --add-data "arts:arts/" --add-data "config.py:." --add-data "HappyBirthday.mp3:." --add-data "PyBirthdayWish.py:." "PyBirthdayWish.py"
It will create an executable file named “PyBirthdayWish” to the
Copy this executable and send to anybody who want to view this. They can execute it with:
Always be cautious while running executables from unknown external sources.
More terminal fun
Like Birthdays, Christmas too is a special occasion. You can give some festive touch to your Linux desktop if you want.
If you liked ASCII animation, you may like ASCII art, too.
And why just stop here? Explore more ASCII tools.
Enjoy using Linux in this fun way :)
🗨 Let me know if you face any issues with this tool and I'll try to help in my capacity.