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flipflop(6x) XScreenSaver manual flipflop(6x)


flipflop - draws a grid of 3D squares that change positions


flipflop [-display host:display.screen] [-visual visual] [-window] [-count number | -free number] [-size number] [-size-x number] [-size-y number] [-spin number] [-mode sticks | tiles] [-delay number] [-wireframe] [-fps] [-texture]


Flipflop draws a grid of 3D colored tiles that change positions with each other.


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.
Number of tiles on the board. A value of "0" means "default". The default number of tiles depends on the size of the board and the mode: 95% of total tiles for "tiles" mode and 80% of total sticks for "sticks" mode (e.g. 76 tiles or 64 sticks for a 9x9 board).
Number of tiles missing from the board. See -count.
Number of tiles on each side of the board. Takes precedence over -size-x and -size-y. Default: 9.
Width (in tiles) of the board. Default: 9.
Length (in tiles) of the board. Default: 9.
Angular velocity for the rotation of the board.
Draw hopping sticks instead of flipping tiles.
Draw flipping tiles. This is the default.
Per-frame delay, in microseconds. Default: 20000 (0.02 seconds.).
Display the current frame rate, CPU load, and polygon count.
Only draw outlines.
Whether to texture the tiles with a screen grab or an image.


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.


X(1), xscreensaver(1)


Copyright © 2003 by Kevin Ogden. Permission to use, copy, modify, distribute, and sell this software and its documentation for any purpose is hereby granted without fee, provided that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in supporting documentation. No representations are made about the suitability of this software for any purpose. It is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty.


Kevin Ogden <>. Some additional code by Sergio Gutierrez <>.

6.02 (11-Oct-2021) X Version 11