redshift man page

redshift ā€” set color temperature of display according to time of day


redshift -t 5700:3600

redshift -l latitude:longitude

redshift -b 0.7:0.4

redshift -g red:green:blue

redshift -O temperature


redshift [-l LAT:LON | -l PROVIDER:Options] [-t DAY:NIGHT] [Options...]


redshift adjusts the color temperature of your screen according to your surroundings. This may help your eyes hurt less or reduce the risk for delayed sleep phase syndrome if you are working in front of the screen at night.

The color temperature is set according to the position of the sun. A different color temperature is set during night and daytime. During twilight and early morning, the color temperature transitions smoothly from night to daytime temperature to allow your eyes to slowly adapt over a period of about an hour. At night the color temperature should be set to match the lamps in your room. This is typically a low temperature at around 3000K-4000K (default is 3700K). During the day, the color temperature should match the light from outside, typically around 5500K-6500K (default is 5500K). The light has a higher temperature on an overcast day.



Display this help message


Verbose output


Show program version


Screen brightness to apply (between 0.1 and 1.0)


Load settings from specified configuration file

-g R:G:B

Additional gamma correction to apply


Your current location, in degrees, given as floating point numbers, towards north and east, with negative numbers representing south and west, respectively.


Select provider for automatic location updates (Use `-l list' to see available providers)


Method to use to set color temperature (Use `-m list' to see available methods)


One shot mode (do not continuously adjust color temperature)


One shot manual mode (set color temperature)


Print mode (only print parameters and exit)


Reset mode (remove adjustment from screen)


Disable temperature transitions


Color temperature to set at daytime/night

The neutral temperature is 6500K. Using this value will not change the color temperature of the display. Setting the color temperature to a value higher than this results in more blue light, and setting a lower value will result in more red light.

Default temperature values:

Daytime: 5500K, night: 3700K

Configuration File

A configuration file with the name `redshift.conf' can optionally be placed in `~/.config/'. The file has standard INI format. General program options are placed under the `redshift' header, while options for location providers and adjustment methods are placed under a header with the name of that provider or method. General options are:

temp-day = integer

Daytime temperature

temp-night = integer

Night temperature

transition = 0 or 1

Disable or enable transitions

brightness-day = 0.1-1.0

Screen brightness at daytime

brightness-night = 0.1-1.0

Screen brightness at night

elevation-high = decimal

The solar elevation for the transition to daytime

elevation-low = decimal

The solar elevation for the transition to night

gamma = R:G:B

Gamma adjustment to apply (day and night)

gamma-day = R:G:B

Gamma adjustment to apply at daytime

gamma-night = R:G:B

Gamma adjustment to apply at night

adjustment-method = name

Select adjustment method. Options for the adjustment method can be given under the configuration file heading of the same name.

location-provider = name

Select location provider. Options for the location provider can be given under the configuration file heading of the same name.

Options for location providers and adjustment methods can be found in the help output of the providers and methods.


Example for Copenhagen, Denmark:

$ redshift -l 55.7:12.6 -t 5700:3600 -g 0.8 -m randr -v

An example configuration file with the same effect as the above command line:




Executables (e.g. scripts) placed in folder `~/.config/redshift/hooks' will be run when a certain event happens. The first parameter to the script indicates the event and further parameters may indicate more details about the event. The event `period-changed' is indicated when the period changes (`night', `daytime', `transition'). The second parameter is the old period and the third is the new period. The event is also signaled when Redshift starts up with the old period set to `none'. Any dotfiles in the folder are skipped.

A simple script to handle these events can be written like this:

case $1 in
        exec notify-send "Redshift" "Period changed to $3"


redshift was written by Jon Lund Steffensen <>.

Both redshift and this manual page are released under the GNU General Public License, version 3.


Please report bugs to <>

Known Issues

Redshift won't affect the color of your cursor when your graphics driver is configured to use hardware cursors. Some graphics drivers have an option to disable hardware cursors in xorg.conf.


2011-10-01 redshift