An elephant being eaten by a snake: Easter eggs on your Pi

Grab your Raspberry Pi, everyone — we’re going on an Easter egg hunt, and all of you are invited!

Voilà, a terminal window!

When they’re not chocolate, Easter eggs are hidden content in movies, games, DVD menus, and computers. So open a terminal window and try the following:

1. A little attitude

Type aptitude moo into the terminal window and press Enter. Now type aptitude -v moo. Keep adding v’s, like this: aptitude -vv moo

2. Party

Addicted to memes? Type curl into your window!

3. In a galaxy far, far away…

You’ll need to install telnet for this one: start by typing sudo apt-get install telnet into the terminal. Once it’s installed, enter telnet

4. Pinout

Type pinout into the window to see a handy GPIO pinout diagram for your Pi. Ideal for physical digital making projects!

5. Demo programs

Easter egg-ish: you can try out various demo programs on your Raspberry Pi, such as 1080p video playback and spinning teapots.

Any more?

There’s lots of fun to be had in the terminal of a Raspberry Pi. Do you know any other fun Easter eggs? Share them in the comments!


Max avatar

*mumbles something about konami codes and NOOBS*

Alan O'Donohoe avatar

Two of my favourites are, in a Python shell, try:

>>> import antigravity


>>> import this

sobotkama avatar

from __future__ import braces

Waterlord avatar

Type in the terminal window:
sudo apt-get moo

Tobias Huebner avatar

Kids in our workshop love to let the Steam locomotive run. Just type “sudo apt-get install sl” and then type “sl”.

AberDerBart avatar

Also a great command is ‘gti’ (works analogously, only for git)

Infinity48 avatar

I can not figer out out how to install gti!

Dougie Lawson avatar

This one: was always mildly amusing

Alan avatar

try ‘import antigravity’ in a python shell

Albert avatar

One of my favourite is the Excel 97 Flight simulator

If you fly around enough you will see scrolling credits for the developers.

pakt avatar

There’s also a Google doodle that’s a working PAC-MAN game!

From comments by Marcin Wichary, senior UX designer and developer:

“Google doodler Ryan Germick and I made sure to include PAC-MAN’s original game logic, graphics and sounds, bring back ghosts’ individual personalities, and even recreate original bugs from this 1980’s masterpiece. We also added a little easter egg: if you throw in another coin, Ms. PAC-MAN joins the party and you can play together with someone else (PAC-MAN is controlled with arrow keys or by clicking on the maze, Ms. PAC-MAN using the WASD keys).”

MOB avatar

There is Minesweeper in Aptitude.


Use arrow keys to move. Use Enter to test. Use f to mark a mine. See

Don Isenstadt avatar

Pinout worked when i dragged the window onto the desktop..but the section on top of the pinout did not detect the integrated bluetooth or wifi on my pi 3b+.said false to both.
Says revision a020d3

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