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interference patterns.


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

--window-id number

Draw on the specified 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.


The window ID to use with --root.

See Also

X(1), xscreensaver(1)


Tom Hammersley.


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