photopile - Man Page

displays multiple images in a periodically shuffled pile


photopile [--display host:display.screen] [--visual visual] [--window] [--root] [--window-id number] [--count int] [--scale factor] [--maxTilt degrees] [--titles | --no-titles] [--polaroid | --no-polaroid] [--shadows | --no-shadows] [--font font] [--speed ratio] [--duration seconds] [--fps] [--debug] [--wireframe]


Loads several random images, and displays them as if lying in a random pile. The pile is periodically reshuffled, with new images coming in and old ones being thrown 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.

--scale factor

Size of images in relation to the size of the window.  Default 0.4.

--maxTilt degrees

Maximum deviation from vertical.  Default 50 degrees.

--duration seconds

Every duration seconds, one of the images will be replaced with a new one.  Default 5 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: 10000 (0.01 seconds.).

--titles | --no-titles

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

--polaroid | --no-polaroid

Whether to simulate images taken by an instant camera.  Default: yes.

--shadows | --no-shadows

Whether to draw images with drop shadows.  Default: no.

--font font-name

The font to use for the initial loading screen and for image titles.


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) carousel(6x) glslideshow(6x)


Jens Kilian.


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