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simulates the rotation of a disk inside a circular rim


xspirograph [-display host:display.screen] [-window] [-root] [-install] [-visual visual]  [-delay seconds]  [-subdelay useconds]  [-layers integer] [-alwaysfinish] [-noalwaysfinish] [-fps]


xspirograph draws patterns such as those made by a spirograph, that is, the curve traced by a point on a circular disk rotating on the inside of a hollow circular rim.


xspirograph accepts the following options:


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


Draw on the root window.


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.

-delay secs

The delay between finishing one draw and starting the next. Default: 5 seconds.

-subdelay usec

The time to delay between each hundred line draws.  Use this if you want to see the pattern form.  Default: 0.

-alwaysfinish -noalwaysfinish

If you want each pattern to draw until it is done, specify the first. Otherwise, they will stop after a set number of iterations.  Default:  no.

-layers integer

Number of pairs of patterns to draw between each erase.



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)


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