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Display a cool clock on your terminal

Terminal - Display a cool clock on your terminal
watch -t -n1 "date +%T|figlet"
2009-06-21 01:02:37
User: dennisw
Functions: watch
Display a cool clock on your terminal

This command displays a clock on your terminal which updates the time every second. Press Ctrl-C to exit.

A couple of variants:

A little bit bigger text:

watch -t -n1 "date +%T|figlet -f big"

You can try other figlet fonts, too.

Big sideways characters:

watch -n 1 -t '/usr/games/banner -w 30 $(date +%M:%S)'

This requires a particular version of banner and a 40-line terminal or you can adjust the width ("30" here).


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

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Very fun, thanks. :)

Comment by topher1kenobe 361 weeks and 2 days ago


I find that using the "-k" option makes it more readable:

$ watch -t -n1 "date +%T|figlet -k"

Comment by mpb 361 weeks and 2 days ago


watch -t -n1 "date +%T|figlet -W -f big"
Comment by dennisw 361 weeks and 2 days ago

how about xclock?

Comment by bwoodacre 361 weeks and 1 day ago

now that's cool/funny

Comment by linuxrawkstar 361 weeks and 1 day ago

Wow. Very cool!

Comment by qubyte 361 weeks ago

For some reason this doesn't work if you substitute toilet for

figlet. The command $ date +%T | toilet works. Hmmm.

Comment by bubnoff 321 weeks and 4 days ago

@bubnoff: That's because watch can't handle the UTF8 with ANSI color codes that toilet outputs. This won't work as expected either: watch ls --color-always

Comment by dennisw 321 weeks and 4 days ago

Multiline screensaver-like version that respects your locale settings:

watch -t -n1 "date +%A%n%x%n%X|figlet -t -c"
Comment by lordtoran 235 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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