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bsetroot - blackbox utility to change root window appearance

bsetroot -help
bsetroot [ -display display ] -solid color
bsetroot [ -display display ] -mod x y -fg color -bg color
bsetroot [ -display display ] -gradient texture -from color -to color

Bsetroot is a utility that can control the appearance of the root window in three ways: Either give it a solid color, or write a two color modula pattern to it, or render a gradient texture, based on two different colors.

Bsetroot resembles xsetroot(1) in this functionality but it supports multiple screen displays, and gradient textures the same way as Blackbox does. It doesn't handle cursors etc. Bsetroot is part of the Blackbox package.

Bsetroot operates in three ways, you must choose one of the first 3 options:

Sets the root window to specified color.
Creates a modula pattern. You must specify -bg and -fg colors.
Renders the specified texture string to the root window. For possible texture strings, please refer to blackbox(1). You must also specify both a -from and a -to color.
Tells Bsetroot to connect to the specified display.
Background color. Needed for -mod patterns.
Foreground color. Needed for -mod patterns.
Start color for rendering textures. Needed for -gradient operation mode.
Ending color for rendering textures. Needed for -gradient operation mode.
Prints version info and short help text.

Bsetroot was written and maintained by Brad Hughes ( and Jeff Raven (


June 16th, 2000 0.60.3