T he Matrix is a science fiction action movie from 1999. It was written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers. The film has falling green characters on screen. The digital rain is representing the activity of the virtual reality in “The Matrix.” You can now have Matrix digital rain with CMatrix on a Linux or Unix terminal too.
Install and setup CMatrix as per your Linux/Unix version.
Type the followingapt-get command/apt command on a Debian/Ubuntu/Mint Linux:
$ sudo apt install cmatrix
[sudo] password for vivek: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Suggested packages: cmatrix-xfont The following NEW packages will be installed: cmatrix 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 15.8 kB of archives. After this operation, 50.2 kB of additional disk space will be used. Get:1 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful/universe amd64 cmatrix amd64 1.2a-5build2 [15.8 kB] Fetched 15.8 kB in 0s (19.7 kB/s) Selecting previously unselected package cmatrix. (Reading database ... 205388 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to unpack .../cmatrix_1.2a-5build2_amd64.deb ... Unpacking cmatrix (1.2a-5build2) ... Setting up cmatrix (1.2a-5build2) ... Processing triggers for man-db (220.127.116.11-2) ...
Type the following pacman command:
$ sudo pacman -S cmatrix
To install the port run:
# cd /usr/ports/misc/cmatrix/ && make install clean
OR add the binary package using the pkg command
# pkg install cmatrix
Type the following brew command:
$ brew install cmatrix
Type the following pkg_add command:
# pkg_add cmatrix
Simply type the command:
The following keystrokes are available during execution (unavailable in -s mode):
|a||Toggle asynchronous scroll|
|b||Random bold characters|
|B||All bold characters|
|n||Turn off bold characters|
|0-9||Adjust update speed|
|! @ # $ % ^ & )|| Change the color of the matrix to the corresponding color: ! – red, @ –
green, # – yellow, $ – blue, % – magenta, ^ – cyan, & – white, ) – black.
|q||Quit the program|
You can pass the following option to the cmatrix command:
$ cmatrix -h
-a: Asynchronous scroll -b: Bold characters on -B: All bold characters (overrides -b) -f: Force the linux $TERM type to be on -l: Linux mode (uses matrix console font) -o: Use old-style scrolling -h: Print usage and exit -n: No bold characters (overrides -b and -B, default) -s: "Screensaver" mode, exits on first keystroke -x: X window mode, use if your xterm is using mtx.pcf -V: Print version information and exit -u delay (0 - 10, default 4): Screen update delay -C [color]: Use this color for matrix (default green)
You now have the coolest terminal app!
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