How to Convert Facebook and Instagram Photos to ASCII

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If you have seen a photo either on Facebook or Instagram and would like to have its ASCII version, then look no further as both of these websites do have the feature that lets you convert any public photo to ASCII right in your browser.

All you need to do is launch the photo in your browser and add some modifications in the URL, and you are all set to get the ASCII version of your photo.

Here’s the entire procedure to do so for both Facebook and Instagram.

This should only work for the photos that have their privacy set as Public. It will not work for photos that are hidden from Public.

1. Head over to Facebook and find a photo that is publicly viewable. This means you cannot use the photos that are set to only be viewed by yourself, friends, or friends of friends.

2. When the photo loads, right-click anywhere on the photo and select the option that says “Open Image in New Tab.” The photo will then load without the interference of Facebook features.

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3. When the photo launches in a new tab, look in the address bar of your browser, and you should see the full path to the photo on Facebook. The path should end with the format of the photo (.jpg, .png, etc.).

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What you need to do is add “.html” (without quotes) at the end of the URL and press Enter. It will instantly convert the photo to ASCII characters.

4. You should be able to see the converted photo in your web browser tab. You can now copy these ASCII characters laid out as the given photo anywhere on your computer. Press “Command + S” for Mac or “Ctrl + S” for Windows to save the ASCII photo to your computer.

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While it was easy to convert Facebook photos to ASCII, converting Instagram photos to ASCII is not that easy because you cannot get the direct URL of a photo easily.

1. Head to Instagram using any of the browsers on your computer, and click on the photo that you want to convert to ASCII. Make sure you click on the photo so that you are taken to the photo page and not the Instagram profile where you found the photo. Again, the photo has to be set as viewable to the public or you cannot do the task.

2. Once you are on the chosen photo page, add “media” at the end of the URL in the address bar to go to the direct link for the photo.

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The URL to my photo is  “https://www.instagram.com/p/vvPs4bMUjh/.”

After adding “media” it will look like “https://www.instagram.com/p/vvPs4bMUjh/media.”

3. Now that you are on the direct page of the photo, click on the address bar in your browser and add “.html” after the photo format as shown below.

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4. Your photo will be converted to ASCII, and you can save it to your computer for other uses.

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If you wish to convert a photo on Facebook or Instagram to ASCII, then you can use the built-in features on those sites to do the job without running to third-party tools.

7 comments

  1. Wow your directions for Instagram also made it way easier to save Instagram photos instead of having to go to inspect element. Thank you so much for this hack to save instagram pics

      • This is great cause as you know when you right click on a pic in Instagram they have it so there’s no save image as dialogue for you to save pics there like you can on Facebook or anywhere else. I hope now Instagram doesn’t get wise to this hack and take that away so people can’t save Instagram pics anymore.

          • Well now thanks to you it can now be done. Let’s just hope Instagram doesn’t find this out and take this away from us also

  2. Why can’t any photo be converted to ASCII? i.e., why must they come from FB or Instagram?
    Thanks,
    Dan

    • Hi dan,

      There are many websites that help you convert any of your photos to ASCII, but the method that we’ve described above is only for Facebook and Instagram and the method doesn’t take help of any third-party websites.

      Thanks!

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