ripples - Man Page

interference patterns.


ripples [-display host:display.screen] [-visual visual] [-window] [-root] [-delay number] [-duration secs] [-rate number] [-fluidity number] [-light number] [-water] [-stir] [-oily] [-grayscale] [-colors number] [-no-shm] [-fps]


This draws rippling interference patterns like splashing water. With the -water option, it manipulates your desktop image to look like something is dripping into it.


-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: 50000 (0.05 seconds.).

-duration seconds

How long to run before loading a new image.  Default 120 seconds.

-rate number

Drizzle.  1 - 100.  Default: 5.

-fluidity number

Small Drops.  0 - 16.  Default: 6.

-light number

Lighting Effect.  0 - 8.  Default: 0.

-water | -no-water

Grab Screen Image.  Boolean.

-stir | -no-stir

Moving Splashes.  Boolean.

-oily | -no-oily

Psychedelic Colors.  Boolean.


Convert the screen image to grayscale. Ignored if we don't grab the screen image or if our screen doesn't have enough color depth.

-colors number

Colors Two.  Default: 200.

-shm | -no-shm

Use Shared Memory.  Boolean.


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)


Tom Hammersley.


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