[Windows] Convert your animated GIF to an ASCII art animation with ASCII Animator

asciianimatorDo you like ASCII codes? Well, I can’t when it appears in my text to spoil my reading. ASCII animation can be fun though! I remember when I saw the first ASCII animation online, I was amazed. If you would like to have fun with ASCII animated images, ASCII Animator is a GUI tool that can do that job for you as long as you have a GIF image/animation in hand.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

ASCII Animator is unique, funny and free software to convert GIF image/animation to an ASCII art GIF image/animation.


  • Very simple to use (read discussion for more details)
  • Works on both GIF image/animation
  • Created HTML image/animation can be embedded directly onto webpages
  • Black-n-white or color GIF image/animation generated at will


  • Fails at times
  • Requires Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or later


ASCII Animator extracts a GIF image into frames, then converts each frame to an ASCII art, and encodes the ASCII art into a new animated ASCII art GIF image. The conversion can be accomplished in 4 steps:

  1. Browse for Source GIF image (or Files > Add source GIF image).
  2. Choose Output Directory (or Files > Set output directory).
  3. Go to Settings > Settings … and select Output type. You can select one of the 3 output types: Animated ASCII Art (.html), Animated ASCII Art (.gif), or Coloured Animated ASCII Art (.gif). You have options like Font … type, style, Size; Script, Strikeout, Underline. You can also change Characters number in every 100 pixel width (1-100) (default 50).
  4. Hit Convert button (or Files > Convert). When the conversion is done, you can hit Close button (or Files > Close).

ASCII Animator needs Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or later; therefore, if you don’t like that, you cannot use this program. This software uses ~ 5 MB of RAM when idle but the usage of RAM may vary depending on the output format (colored GIF output takes more). Take a look at one sample conversion:


Conclusion and download link

I unreservedly recommend this software to anyone who wants to enjoy ASCII images, ‘specially the animated ones. Just chill!

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.8

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 1.33 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Is it portable? No

ASCII Animator homepage

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  • Tinkles

    Some of us just have WAY too much time on our hands…

  • Mukhi

    [@DoktorThomas] My Pros say it “Works on both GIF image/animation”. So, enjoy! :)

  • DoktorThomas

    What about unanimated gifs?

  • Mary

    Since I don’t know what ASCII is, I’m gonna guess that this program turns drawn lines into text?

    I guess it’s kind of cool. I like the line drawing better myself, but it could be fun doing some changes like that. Interesting! I may have to play with it now! lol