Display a cool clock on your terminal

watch -t -n1 "date +%T|figlet"
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).
Sample Output
_  ___    ____   __    _  _ _____
/ |/ _ \ _| ___| / /_ _| || |___  |
| | (_) (_)___ \| '_ (_) || |_ / /
| |\__, |_ ___) | (_) ||__   _/ /
|_|  /_/(_)____/ \___(_)  |_|/_/

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By: dennisw
2009-06-21 01:02:37

What Others Think

Very fun, thanks. :)
topher1kenobe · 494 weeks and 6 days ago
Nice. I find that using the "-k" option makes it more readable: $ watch -t -n1 "date +%T|figlet -k"
mpb · 494 weeks and 6 days ago
@mpb: watch -t -n1 "date +%T|figlet -W -f big"
dennisw · 494 weeks and 6 days ago
how about xclock?
bwoodacre · 494 weeks and 5 days ago
now that's cool/funny
linuxrawkstar · 494 weeks and 4 days ago
Wow. Very cool!
qubyte · 494 weeks and 4 days ago
For some reason this doesn't work if you substitute toilet for figlet. The command $ date +%T | toilet works. Hmmm.
bubnoff · 455 weeks and 1 day 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
dennisw · 455 weeks and 1 day ago
Multiline screensaver-like version that respects your locale settings: watch -t -n1 "date +%A%n%x%n%X|figlet -t -c"
lordtoran · 368 weeks and 6 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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