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chafa /ˈtʃafa/ (adj): cheap, low quality; lame


Chafa packages are available for many Linux distributions, including Arch, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo and Ubuntu. Thanks to Brew, it is also available for MacOS X. Check your software distribution's repositories, or look for it on

Arch Linuxpacman -S chafa
Brewbrew install chafa
Debianapt install chafa
Fedoradnf install chafa
Gentooemerge media-gfx/chafa
Guixguix install chafa
Kali Linuxapt install chafa
openSUSEzypper ar -f obs://graphics graphics
zypper in chafa
Ubuntuapt install chafa
Packaging status


Chafa can be compiled from source in a Unix-like environment, either from a tarball release or directly from the Git repository.

You need the GLib and ImageMagick development files in order to perform the build. These are usually available from your package manager.

The latest release is version 1.2.1 (2019-08-15).

  1. Download the latest release (signature).
  2. ./configure && make && sudo make install

Git repository

In order to build from Git, you will need Automake, Libtool and optionally the Docbook tools if you want to generate the documentation.

  1. git clone
  2. ./ && make && sudo make install

You may also browse the git repository.