sierpinski - Man Page

draws Sierpinski triangle fractals


sierpinski [-display host:display.screen] [-foreground color] [-background color] [-window] [-root] [-mono] [-install] [-visual visual] [-ncolors integer] [-delay microseconds] [-cycles integer] [-count integer]



The sierpinski program draws Sierpinski triangle fractals.


sierpinski accepts the following options:


Draw on a newly-created window.  This is the default.


Draw on the root window.


If on a color display, pretend we're on a monochrome display.


Install a private colormap for the window.

-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.

-ncolors integer

How many colors should be used (if possible).  Default 64. The colors are chosen randomly.

-cycles integer
-count integer

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), xlock(1)


Desmond Daignault <>, 05-Sep-96.  (Original  xlock version was called tri.c.)

Ability to run standalone or with xscreensaver added by  Jamie Zawinski <>, 10-May-97.  (Renamed to sierpinski.)


5.44-2.fc33 (16-Apr-2020) X Version 11 XScreenSaver manual