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Electric Sheep is a screen saver that owes its name to Philip K. Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. It realizes the collective dream of sleeping computers from all over the Internet.

When the screen-saver is activated, the screen goes black and an animated 'sheep' appears [note: sheep = beautiful, fractal based, MPEG2 compressed animations- this does not put hopping sheep all over your screen].. Behind the scenes, the screen-saver contacts a server and joins the parallel computation of new sheep. Samples are

What's New

Version 2.7b36:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.6 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor.

  • Removed support for OS X 10.4 and 10.5, PowerPC, and 32-bit (!). ES now needs at least OS X 10.6 on 64-bit processor. The legacy platforms were slowing down the progress and making the code maintainability harder and harder.
  • Improved full screen behaviour of the standalone


  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 151,555
Version Downloads 1,348
License Free
Date 09 Oct 2015
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
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