Sharing & embedding

You can share any recording by copying its URL and sending it to a friend or posting it on a social network. asciinema.org supports oEmbed/Open Graph/Twitter Card protocols, displaying a nice thumbnail where possible.

You can also easily embedded an asciicast on any HTML page. If you want to put a recording in a blog post, project’s documentation or in a conference talk slides, you can do it by copy-pasting one of the the embed scripts.

Sharing a link

You can get the share link for a specific asciicast by clicking on “Share” link on asciicast page.

Any of the options listed in “Customizing the playback” section below can be appended to the asciicast URL as the query params, e.g.:

https://asciinema.org/a/14?t=25&speed=2&theme=solarized-dark

Visiting this link will start the playback at 25s and play at double speed, using Solarized Dark terminal theme.

Embedding image link

Embedding as an image link is useful in places where scripts are not allowed, e.g. in a project’s README file.

You can get the embed snippets for a specific asciicast by clicking on “Share” link on asciicast page.

This is how they look for asciicast 14:

HTML:

<a href="https://asciinema.org/a/14"><img src="https://asciinema.org/a/14.png" width="836"/></a>

Markdown:

[![asciicast](https://asciinema.org/a/14.png)](https://asciinema.org/a/14)

You can pass extra options (listed in “Customizing the playback” below) to the linked URL as query params. For example, to start the playback automatically when opening linked asciicast page append ?autoplay=1 to the asciicast URL in href attribute:

<a href="https://asciinema.org/a/14?autoplay=1"><img src="https://asciinema.org/a/14.png" width="836"/></a>

Embedding the player

If you’re embedding on your own page or on a site which permits script tags, you can use the full player widget.

You can get the widget script for a specific asciicast by clicking on “Embed” link on asciicast page.

It looks like this:

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://asciinema.org/a/14.js" id="asciicast-14" async></script>

The player shows up right at the place where the script is pasted. Let’s look at the following markup:

<p>This is some text.</p>
<script type="text/javascript" src="https://asciinema.org/a/14.js" id="asciicast-14" async></script>
<p>This is some other text.</p>

The player is displayed between the two paragraphs, as a div element with “asciicast” class.

The embed script supports all customization options (see the section below). An option can be specified by adding it as a data-option-name=”value attribute to the script tag.

For example, to make the embedded player auto start playback when loaded and use big font, use the following script:

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://asciinema.org/a/14.js" id="asciicast-14" async data-autoplay="true" data-size="big"></script>

Customizing the playback

The player supports several options that control the behavior and look of it. Append them to the URL (?speed=2&theme=tango) or set them as data attributes on embed script (data-speed="2" data-theme="tango").

t

The t option specifies the time at which the playback should start. The default is t=0 (play from the beginning).

Accepted formats: ss, mm:ss, hh:mm:ss.

NOTE: when t is specified then autoplay=1 is implied. To prevent the player from starting automatically when t option is set you have to explicitly set autoplay=0.

autoplay

The autoplay option controls whether the playback should automatically start when the player loads. Accepted values:

  • 0 / false - do not start playback automatically (default)
  • 1 / true - start playback automatically

preload

The preload option controls whether the player should immediately start fetching the recording.

  • 0 / false - do not preload the recording, wait for user action
  • 1 / true - preload the recording

Defaults to 1 for asciinema.org URLs, to 0 for embed script.

loop

The loop option allows for looping the playback. This option is usually combined with autoplay option. Accepted values:

  • 0 / false - disable looping (default)
  • 1 / true - enable looping

speed

The speed option alters the playback speed. The default speed is 1 which means it plays at the unaltered, original speed.

size

The size option alters the size of the terminal font. There are 3 available sizes:

  • small (default)
  • medium
  • big

theme

The theme option allows overriding a theme used for the terminal. It defaults to a theme set by the asciicast author (or to “asciinema” if not set by the author). The available themes are:

  • asciinema
  • tango
  • solarized-dark
  • solarized-light
  • monokai

cols

The cols option allows overriding width (in characters) of the emulated terminal. By default the recorded terminal’s width is used.

rows

The rows option allows overriding height (in lines) of the emulated terminal. By default the recorded terminal’s height is used.

oEmbed / Open Graph / Twitter Card

asciinema supports oEmbed, Open Graph and Twitter Card APIs. When you share an asciicast on Twitter, Slack, Facebook, Google+ or any other site which supports one of these APIs, the asciicast is presented in a rich form (usually with a title, author, description and a thumbnail image), linking to your recording on asciinema.org.