carousel - Man Page

displays multiple images rotating in a circular formation


carousel [--display host:display.screen] [--visual visual] [--window] [--root] [--window-id number] [--count int] [--zoom | --no-zoom] [--tilt XY] [--titles | --no-titles] [--font font] [--speed ratio] [--duration seconds] [--fps] [--debug] [--wireframe]


Loads several random images, and displays them flying in a circular formation.  The circle changes speed and direction randomly, tilts on its axis, and the images move in and out.

This program requires a good video card capable of supporting large textures.

To specify the directory that images are loaded from, run xscreensaver-settings(1) and click on the "Advanced" tab.


--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.

--window-id number

Draw on the specified window.

--count int

How many images to display.  Default 7.

--zoom | --no-zoom

Whether the images should move in and out (toward and away from the axis of rotation).  Default true.

--tilt XY | --no-tilt

Whether the axis of rotation should tilt, and how.  -tilt X means that it will tilt toward and away from the viewer.   -tilt Y means that it will tilt to the left and right of the screen.  -tilt XY (the default) means it will do both.

--titles | --no-titles

Whether to display the file names of the images beneath them.  Default: yes.

--font font-name

The font to use for titles.  Note that the size of the font affects the clarity of the characters, not their size (it is auto-scaled.)

--duration seconds

Every duration seconds, one of the images will be replaced with a new one.  Default 20 seconds.

--speed ratio

Speed up or slow down the animation.  0.5 means half as fast as the default; 2.0 means twice as fast.

--delay number

Per-frame delay, in microseconds.  Default: 20000 (0.02 seconds.).


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


Prints debugging info to stderr.


Another debug mode.



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.


The window ID to use with --root.

See Also

X(1), xscreensaver-settings(1) xscreensaver-getimage(6x) xscreensaver(1) glslideshow(6x) photopile(6x)


Jamie Zawinski.


6.08-2.fc40 (27-Jan-2024) X Version 11 XScreenSaver manual