Boxes is a command line program that draws a box around its input text. It can remove and repair those boxes, too. You can easily make your own box designs if you wish, but many designs are already provided.

Hello World!  ==>

/*                */
/*  Hello World!  */
/*                */
        / _  _ \
      (| (.)(.) |)
|                      |
|     Hello World!     |
|                      |
     (   )   Oooo.
      \ (    (   )
       \_)    ) /

Feb 21, 2019 - New release: boxes v1.3

Version 1.3 is out.
This release features a small number of bug fixes and several new box designs ... read more

Sep 10, 2018 - Notepad++ Integration

We put together some step-by-step instructions on how to call boxes directly from the Notepad++ editor on Windows. It requires a bit of clicking to set up, but works like a charm!

Oct 26, 2017 - Yay!

We have 100 stars on GitHub - thank you!

GitHub 100 stars

Aug 23, 2017 - Geek Must Have boxes

John Schuster of the “Geek Must Have” blog published a blog post on boxes.
It gives very detailed guidance on how to set up boxes to work in Windows PowerShell. Thanks John!
In short, on Windows, you want boxes.exe and boxes.cfg in the same directory, ideally one that’s listed on the PATH environment variable.

Mar 16, 2017 - New release: boxes v1.2

Version 1.2 is out. This release features a minor enhancement to the configuration file capabilities, several bug fixes, improvements to the build, and several new box designs. ... read more

Aug 2, 2016 - Boxes becomes part of Windows 10

Boxes is now part of Windows 10! This sounds amazing, and it is - albeit, to be honest, in an indirect way. Since this year’s “anniversary update”, Windows 10 features an optional Ubuntu Subsystem, which supports boxes natively. This is mostly thanks to @carnil, who maintains the Debian packages; and Debian being the foundation of Ubuntu. So, like I said, it is an indirect way, but still, we can’t help being a little proud of the fact! ... read more

Feb 3, 2016 - JetBrains support boxes with free license

JetBrains have decided to support boxes with a free license for their C/C++ IDE CLion.
That's really nice - thank you!

Jan 16, 2015 - New release: boxes v1.1.2

Version 1.1.2 is out. Version 1.1.2 is only a maintenance release. There are no new features and no bug fixes, but a few new box designs and several changes to the way that boxes is built. So version 1.1.2 should be easier to build on more platforms. ... read more

Dec 23, 2014 - New site design, hosted on GitHub

The boxes website moved to GitHub. The address and all URLs stay the same, except that .shtml extensions are now plain .html. The new website is based on Jekyll and features a responsive design by Scott Emmons. Now we have the power of GitHub available for the website, too! Just check out the gh-pages branch to get going.

Sep 24, 2014 - The boxes sources moved to GitHub!

The boxes sources moved to GitHub!

This will hopefully make maintaining boxes much more efficient. Issues, feature requests, and contributions are now handled via GitHub. Also, development-related documentation will eventually be moved to GitHub. Everything else on this website stays the same for now.