Updated: 10/02/2017 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as ANSI art, text art, or word art, ASCII art is the process of forming pictures or art out of the characters available in the ASCII chart. These pictures were popular before the Internet and broadband when users connected with each other through a BBS. ASCII art can still be found today throughout the Internet and is still a popular form of creating a distinctive image.

Example of ASCII art

In the picture to the right is an example of ASCII art that uses characters to create a picture of Captain Kirk from the original Star Trek series. You can also view the original file by downloading the kirk.txt file found on our server.

Related pages

ANSI, ASCII, Graphics character, Typography terms, WordArt