The.Matrix-ASCII is the original Matrix movie encoded in text. The finished product is an MPEG-2 file 7989979136 bytes in size, too large to fit on a DVD5. I re-encoded the ASCII movie to fit on a standard DVDR. The two samples are from the larger file and are higher quality. The DVDR is available through BitTorrent. If you wish to download the final movie or either of the samples using BitTorrent I suggest TheSHADOW's BitTorrent Client. You will need a media player that can play MPEG-2 videos to watch either sample and a DVD player to watch the movie.

Below the downloads is a text box that allows you to see any frame of the movie and its ASCII equivalent. Just click in the text box and hit enter. The images are stored on an external drive and may or may not be available.

Please note that the samples will not be streamed to your movie player. They must be downloaded before they can be played. Right click on the links and select save to download them.

Jan 16th 2004 05:00:00 UTC  - Initial Release.
Apr 5th 2004 10:54:13 UTC  - 1000th completed download.
Jul 29th 2004 00:04:52 UTC  - 2000th completed download.

After 6 months and 2000 complete downloads I am no longer providing a seed for this torrent. I hope others continue to keep their torrents open.

Short Sample - 33M - 42 seconds, studios and title.
Long Sample - 358M - 6 minutes 36 seconds, opening scene.
The.Matrix-ASCII Movie - 4.38G - 2 hours 16 minutes, DVDR - completed downloads.
Short Sample - 33M - 42 seconds, studios and title.
Long Sample - 358M - 6 minutes 36 seconds, opening scene.
DVD Cover - 849k
DVD Insert - 4.2M
View Frame: Click in the text box and hit enter to view frame.
Progress:All frames are encoded (1-196158)

Click to view the process.

Because I love this movie.
This was the first thing I thought of when I first saw AA-Lib with MPlayer. I have to admit I did not think of it when I saw ttyquake. After I watched The Matrix with MPlayer on a Linux console I wanted it to be green and I wanted to be able to watch it anywhere.

Contact me: or go to The.Matrix-ASCII Forum.

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Fine Print:
This notice stolen from Zion Mainframe.
Matrix concept and Matrix characters, images and sounds COPYRIGHT © 1998-2003 Wachowski brothers, Village Roadshow Pictures, and Warner Bros. Studios. The WB logoTM is a registered trademark of Time Warner, Inc. All rights reserved. The images and sounds from the Matrix movie found on this site are used without permission from copyright holder. The Matrix soundtrack is COPYRIGHT © Maverick Records. Other copyrights may apply. No infringement of copyright is intended. The authors of this site have no affiliation with Warner Brothers, Village Roadshow Pictures, the Wachowski Brothers, any of the actors from the movie, any of the bands performing on the soundtrack, or any of the crew.