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floating eyeballs.


peepers [--display host:display.screen] [--visual visual] [--window] [--root] [--window-id number] [--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.

--window-id number

Draw on the specified 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.


The window ID to use with --root.

See Also

X(1), xscreensaver(1)


Jamie Zawinski.


6.09-1.fc41 (11-Jun-2024) X Version 11 XScreenSaver manual