bsetroot man page

bsetroot — blackbox utility to change root window appearance


bsetroot -help
bsetroot [ -display display ] -solid color
bsetroot [ -display display ] -mod x y -fg color -bg color
bsetroot [ -display display ] -gradient texture -from color -to color


Bsetroot is a utility that can control the appearance of the root window in three ways: Either give it a solid color, or write a two color modula pattern to it, or render a gradient texture, based on two different colors.

Bsetroot resembles xsetroot(1) in this functionality but it supports multiple screen displays, and gradient textures the same way as Blackbox does. It doesn't handle cursors etc. Bsetroot is part of the Blackbox package.


Bsetroot operates in three ways, you must choose one of the first 3 options:

-solid color

Sets the root window to specified color.

-mod x y

Creates a modula pattern. You must specify -bg and -fg colors.

-gradient texturestring

Renders the specified texture string to the root window. For possible texture strings, please refer to blackbox(1). You must also specify both a -from and a -to color.

-display display

Tells Bsetroot to connect to the specified display.

-bg, -background color

Background color. Needed for -mod patterns.

-fg, -foreground color

Foreground color. Needed for -mod patterns.

-from color

Start color for rendering textures. Needed for -gradient operation mode.

-to color

Ending color for rendering textures. Needed for -gradient operation mode.


Prints version info and short help text.


Bsetroot was written and maintained by Brad Hughes ( and Jeff Raven (

See Also


Referenced By

blackbox(1), bsetbg(1).

June 16th, 2000 0.60.3