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Simple text-based terminal screensaver.

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A simple text-based screensaver for terminal windows.

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The motivation behind this project is basically pure boredom (laughs). Seriously, it may look like nonsense to have a screensaver look-alike program running on a terminal window. Nonetheless, sometimes, we still want to see some kind of movement, or action on the screen… which invigorates one’s state of mind and helps concentration back to the black screen (well, some people like it white, meh!).

If you are:

  • looking for some extra display on your main terminal window, to keep the screen busy while you are up to something else; or
  • looking for some distractions that may entertain you after too many hours in front of the terminal; or
  • with plenty of screen space (so long 80x25 default terminal window! long live 1920px…), and use many terminals on screen; or
  • just wanting to pretend you are busy with something (this is terrible)

then, TermSaver is the right application for you.


  • Linux, or Mac (or Windows too, but you are on your own)
  • Python 2.5+ (and < 3.x)


Apt (Advanced Packaging Tool)

For Ubuntu (12.10+) distro, you can use:

sudo apt-get install termsaver

Pip (Pip Installs Packages, for Python Package Index)

For those using others, and still want to do it the easy way, I recommend:

sudo pip install termsaver

From the Source

  1. Download the Source here:
  1. Unpack it
tar -zxvf termsaver-{version}.tar.gz
  1. Install it
sudo python install

PPA (Advanced Packaging Tool)

If you can’t wait for Debian/Ubuntu releases, you can get the latest packages from:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bruno-braga/termsaver
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install termsaver


The TermSaver is a very simple application, built with the idea to allow more screensavers to be added to its core. Developers, please read the section below.

The current published screensavers are:

Ascii Art Farts

This is a screensaver that displays ascii art from RSS feed in an animation format.

Jokes For All

This is a screensaver that displays recent jokes from website, from its hourly updated RSS feed.


This is a screensaver that displays source code from a specified path in visual animation.

Quotes For All

This is a screensaver that displays recent quotes from website, from its hourly updated RSS feed.

Random Text

This is a screensaver that displays a text (your name, or whatever) on a
randomized position of the screen, changing position every N seconds.

Request for Change

This is a screensaver that fetches documents from RFC (Request for Comments) in visual animation, which are documents elaborated by the Internet Engineering Task Force, available at This screensaver randomizes documents to display, from a list of latest valid documents. See more information about this in Wikipedia.

RSS Feeds

This is a screensaver that displays any RSS feed you want to show in your terminal, with customizable settings and format.

URL Fetcher

This is a screensaver that displays content from a specified URL directly on screen, in visual animation.


This is a screensaver that displays a digital clock using ascii letters.


This is a screensaver that displays falling (rising) Japanese characters simulating the screen from the movie The_Matrix


(For Linux systems only) Displays the CPU/Memory usage over time in a graphic alike screensaver.

Disclaimer Note: termsaver holds no responsibility for the contents offered by third-parties, nor it has controls to filter them. Use it at your own risk.


A more detailed guideline for developers willing to jump in and create screensavers for termsaver is here:


There is no current roadmap defined, besides improvement tickets created in Issues tab in GitHub. Refer also to for some insights of stuff we are thinking about.



The internationalization of this application follows same standards of most applications out there, by using gettext and MO/PO files.

The translation is still being finished up, and when it is ready for contributor calls, we will post detailed information about the procedure.

Screensavers (plugin)

As of v0.2, full plugin support is available, find an example here:

Submit a bug

If you find any errors in this application, you are more than welcome to participate. You can:


Using Apt (Advanced Packaging Tool) or PPA (Personal Package Archive)

sudo apt-get remove termsaver

Using Pip (Pip Install Packages, for Python Package Index)

sudo pip uninstall termsaver

Manual Uninstall

Just remove manually the following files:

# For Linux boxes
rm -rvf /usr/local/bin/termsaver
rm -rvf /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/termsaver*
rm -rvf /usr/local/share/man/man1/termsaver.1
find /usr/local/share/locale/ -name "" -exec rm -rfv {} \;

If the actuall location differ from the above, it might be worth it to just run the find command and look for them yourself (should not be hard):

find /usr/ -name "*termsaver*"

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