Did you know that you can use any screensaver as a animated live wallpaper on OS X? This is how you do it.
- Open a new terminal window
- Type the following command and press enter:
/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background
Once you type
crtl-c or close the terminal window the screensaver stops playing.
In order to have a bit more comfortable access to this command I’ve added the following aliases to my .bash_profile file.
(.bash_profile can be used to store terminal settings, aliases and custom functions. It is located in your user directory,
/Users/theowinter/.bash_profile and loaded whenever you open a new terminal window.)
Cool “Live Wallpaper” screensavers
- My favourite live wallpaper is the “Apple TV Aerial” screensaver. It consists of beautiful 1080p video flyovers of cities like New York and London.
- Another cool screensaver is “SaveHollywood”. You can specify a folder and it will play the videos in there.
There’s probably a ton of other screensavers that might be cool as animated desktop background. So let me know if you find some!