MapSCII – The World Map In Your Terminal

MapSCII - The World Map In Your Terminal

I just stumbled upon an interesting utility. The World map in the Terminal! Yes, It is so cool. Say hello to MapSCII, a Braille and ASCII world map renderer for your xterm-compatible terminals. It supports GNU/Linux, Mac OS, and Windows. I thought it is a just another project hosted on GitHub. But I was wrong! It is really impressive what they did there. We can use our mouse pointer to drag and zoom in and out a location anywhere in the world map. The other notable features are;

  • Discover Point-of-Interests around any given location
  • Highly customizable layer styling with Mapbox Styles support
  • Connect to any public or private vector tile server
  • Or just use the supplied and optimized OSM2VectorTiles based one
  • Work offline and discover local VectorTile/MBTiles
  • Compatible with most Linux and OSX terminals
  • Highly optimizied algorithms for a smooth experience

Displaying the World Map in your Terminal using MapSCII

To open the map, just run the following command from your Terminal:

telnet mapscii.me

Here is the World map from my Terminal.

Cool, yeah?

To switch to Braille view, press c.

Type c again to switch back to the previous format.

To scroll around the map, use arrow keys up, down, left, right. To zoom in/out a location, use a and z keys. Also, you can use the scroll wheel of your mouse to zoom in or out. To quit the map, press q.

Like I already said, don’t think it is a simple project. Click on any location on the map and press “a” to zoom in.

Here are some the sample screenshots after I zoomed it.

I can be able to zoom to view the states in my country (India).

And the districts in a state (Tamilnadu):

Even the Taluks and the towns in a district:

And, the place where I completed my schooling:

Even though it is just a smallest town, MapSCII displayed it accurately. MapSCII uses OpenStreetMap to collect the data.

Install MapSCII locally

Liked it? Great! You can host it on your own system.

Make sure you have installed Node.js on your system. If not, refer the following link.

Then, run the following command to install it.

sudo npm install -g mapscii

To launch MapSCII, run:

mapscii

Have fun! More good stuffs to come. Stay tuned!

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2 Responses

  1. z10rog says:

    This is really cool. I really like following the articles here. This site made me in fact build up the courage to switch from Mint to Arch (Antergos).

    There is however one feature from Debian derived distributions I really miss. And that’s crontab. How on earth do one set up tasks similar to cron jobs in arch linux? I would like to run certain scripts every sunday at 1 pm. In Mint that was eay to set up in crontab.
    It would be awesome if this site could post a detailed tutorial on that matter. I think you have to ‘mess around’ with systemd in arch?

    Anyway keep the good work up. I’m sure many followers really appreciate OSTechNix!

    • SK says:

      Thank you very much for the positive feedback about our blog. crontab is available in Arch, but with different name. You need to install the package ‘cronie’ (sudo pacman -S cronie) to setup cron jobs. Setting up cron jobs is same as you do in Linux mint. For more details, check this Arch wiki link. https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Cron .And, yes I have added “Systemd” article to my to-do list. I will write about systemd soon. Keep visiting!

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