Synchronet v3.19b-Win32 (install) has been released (Jan-2022).

You can donate to the Synchronet project using PayPal.


Converts a Synchronet ASCII text file encoded with Ctrl-A codes (e.g. *.msg or *.asc file) to the equivalent ANSI terminal escape sequences.

This utility allows you to convert files that use Ctrl-A codes (attributes) into ANSI files suitable for viewing or editing with a ANSI Editors (the opposite function of the ANS2ASC utility).

The syntax is:

asc2ans infile.asc [outfile.ans] [options]
Option Description
-strip strip Ctrl-A codes without ANSI equivalent, e.g. pause, delay

The suffix/extension for the input filename will most likely be .asc or .msg and the output file should have a .ans extension.

If an [outfile.ans] argument is not provided, the converted ANSI output is sent to stdout.

See Also