Timothy Escopete

OSX: Randomize cow in Cowsay with Fortune

Cowsay is a program which generates ASCII pictures of a cow with a message. It can also generate pictures using pre-made images of other animals, such as Tux the Penguin, the Linux mascot. While fortune is a simple program that displays a pseudorandom message from a database of quotations.

When fortune is piped to cowsay, it generates an ASCII pictures of a random cow which displays a pseudorandom random quotation message.

Installation via Homebrew

brew install fortune
brew install cowsay
brew install coreutils


fortune | cowsay -f $(ls /usr/local/Cellar/cowsay/3.03/share/cows | gshuf -n1)

Other Information

  1. shuf - is a linux command
  2. gshuf - is an OSX equivalent command via coreutils


The first paragraph is a wikipedia definition of cowsay and fortune.