The XScreenSaver application is a large collection of historic and educational graphics demos.

XScreenSaver is the standard screen saver collection shipped on most Linux and Unix systems. I released the first version in 1992. In 2006, I ported it to MacOS, and in 2012 I ported it to iOS.

This application is not a screen saver, of course, since iOS doesn't have those. But it does let you play with the hundreds of graphics demos that are a part of the XScreenSaver collection.

What’s New

Version 5.43

New hacks "GravityWell" and "DeepStars".
"GLPlanet" now supports the Mercator projection.
"Bouncing Cow" has mathematically ideal cows (spherical, frictionless).
Foggy toasters.
"Unknown Pleasures" can now use an image file as a clip mask.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

blaine00 ,

This is awesome

I can remember being completely mesmerized by these screensavers back in my early days of playing around with Linux. Seeing them run perfect on a device I can slid into my pocket is really cool. I really do appreciate the work that was put into getting these onto the iPhone. There is so much nostalgia in this package, and my kids really enjoy flipped through them. Thank you and please keep up the awesome work!

WundermonkeyZA ,

Thank you.

Thank you so much, xscreen-savers is one of my favourite things about linux / Mac. Now I can carry it on my pocket!

La-a Johnson ,

Great Screensavers, But UI Needs Work

I’m a huge fan of xscreensaver, but the interface of the app overall is quite lacking.

My biggest gripe is that, to exit a demo, you have to tap the screen once to show the exit button, and then tap a very tiny x button in the top left of the screen. This guarantees you have to move your hand if you have a larger phone, and it’s also very hard to actually tap the button on the first try.


Jamie Zawinski
21.1 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Copyright (c) 1991-2019 Jamie Zawinski


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