braid - Man Page

draws random color-cycling braids around a circle


braid [-display host:display.screen] [-foreground color] [-background color] [-window] [-root] [-mono] [-install] [-visual visual] [-ncolors integer] [-delay microseconds] [-cycles integer] [-count integer]



The braid program draws random color-cycling braids around a circle.


braid accepts the following options:


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


Draw on the root window.


If on a color display, pretend we're on a monochrome display.


Install a private colormap for the window.

-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.

-ncolors integer

How many colors should be used (if possible).  Default 64. The colors used cycle through the hue, making N stops around the color wheel.

-cycles integer
-count integer

Display the current frame rate and CPU load.



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), xlock(1)


John Neil <>, 29-Aug-95.

Ability to run standalone or with xscreensaver added by  Jamie Zawinski <>, 10-May-97.


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