This is very unusual when you find that your typical boring command prompt can do much more than that you have ever anticipated. I am a huge fan of the whole series and have watched all the sequels in the movie theatres. But, watching Star Wars inside the command prompt was a completely unique and new experience for me. 

Star Wars have gained a lot of fame and is in one of my most favorite movie lists. The massive spaceships, intense battles, beautiful planets, and rich animations are so mesmerizing to watch.

The steps are quite simple and the only requirement is that your computer should be connected to the internet. Actually, the movie doesn’t come pre-embedded inside the command prompt. You need to connect to the remote server that hosts the ASCII Star Wars in order to fetch the movie via the internet.

The movie will be the original version of the Star Wars movie i.e., Episode IV – A New Hope.

For Windows Users

Open the command prompt on your computer, type the following command and press enter.

pkgmgr /iu:"TelnetClient"
pkgmgr /iu:"TelnetClient" command written inside the command prompt

This command will enable/install the Telnet Client on your computer. Telnet is nothing but a client that will connect you to the servers of the ASCII Star Wars movie. 

Enter the admin password, if prompted. 

Close the command prompt normally by pressing the cross button at the right corner.
Re-launch the Command Prompt, type the following command and press Enter.

telnet Towel.blinkenlights.nl  
telnet Towel.blinkenlights.nl  command written inside the command prompt

Wait for a second and your ASCII Star Wars movie will begin shortly. Refer screenshot.

Enjoy 😀

Star wars movies running as ASCII characters inside the command prompt.

For Mac Users

You can also watch the Star Wars movie on your Mac command prompt. Mac computers have Terminal which has the same functionality as that of the Command prompt inside Windows.

Open the Terminal on your Mac device and type the following commands sequentially. Each time you type the command, press Enter to execute it.  Don’t include the bracket contents.

  1.  telnet ( this will launch the telnet interface that allows you to connect to the remote servers)
  2. o ( this will open a telnet connection)
  3. towel.blinkenlights.nl (this will connect you to the host and launches the movie eventually)