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floating eyeballs.


peepers [-display host:display.screen] [-visual visual] [-window] [-root] [-delay number] [-speed number] [-count number] [-mode bounce | scroll | random] [-wireframe] [-fps]


Eyeballs. They float. They bounce. They stare at your cursor.


-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).

-speed number

Animation speed.  2.0 means twice as fast, 0.5 means half as fast.

-count number

Number of eyes. 0 means random.

-mode bounce

The eyeballs bounce onto the screen from the bottom.  Like a cow.

-mode scroll

The eyeballs scroll in from the left and right.

-mode xeyes

The eyeballs remain stationary, but always turn to stare at the mouse pointer, wherever it happens to be on the screen.  Perhaps best used in conjunction with -count 2.

-mode beholder

Render a ball made of eyeballs, all looking at you. Valid -count values are 20, 80, 320 or 1280.

-wireframe | -no-wireframe

Render in wireframe instead of solid.

-fps | -no-fps

Whether to show a frames-per-second display at the bottom of the screen.



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)


Jamie Zawinski.


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