beats - Man Page

create offset beating figures


beats [-display host:display.screen] [-visual visual] [-window] [-root] [-delay number] [-count number] [-cycle number] [-wireframe] [-fps]


The beats program draws balls that move around at a slightly different rate from each other, creating interesting chaotic and ordered beating patterns. Each cycle / pattern is created such that it finishes as a single line of balls at the top of the screen, so that the patterns can smoothly transition between each other.


-visual visual

Specify which visual to use.  Legal values are the name of a visual class, or the id number (decimal or hex) of a specific visual.


Draw on a newly-created window.  This is the default.


Draw on the root window.

-delay number

Per-frame delay, in microseconds.  Default: 30000 (0.03 seconds.).

-count number

Number of balls.  Default: 30.

-cycle number

Cycle type to use (Default: -1):
 -1 - pseudo-random based on current time
  0 - clockwise
  1 - rain dance
  2 - metronome
  3 - galaxy

-tick | -no-tick

Add a tick for 'clockwise' and 'galaxy' patterns.

-blur | -no-blur

Add motion blur to the ball movement.

-wireframe | -no-wireframe

Render in wireframe instead of solid.


Display the current frame rate, CPU load, and polygon count.



to get the default host and display number.


to get the name of a resource file that overrides the global resources stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.

See Also

X(1), xscreensaver(1)


David Eccles (gringer) <>, 2020-Feb-04.


6.04-1.fc37.1 (23-Jul-2022) X Version 11 XScreenSaver manual