New Sheep Packs

Download, unzip, and copy to your content/mpeg folder (on XP look in C:\Document and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ElectricSheep, or on Win7 C:\ProgramData\ElectricSheep, and on Mac ~/Library/Application Support/Electric Sheep, and on Linux in ~/.electricsheep).  Note that on Mac that Library folder is in your home directory but is hidden, see this article for how to get to it.

If you want to install a bunch of packs (more than 2GB total) you should first increase the cache size under the settings control panel, or make it unlimited.

On Windows, that's in a hidden folder, you may have to go to "View" under the "Folder Options" menu and check the "Show Hidden Files and Folders" box. You can go there directly from configuration/settings window by clicking to the advanced tab, and then click "opening this folder", and put them in "mpeg".

I did install the screensaver

I did install the screensaver and it runs.

If you installed for all

If you installed for all users then look in /Library instead of ~/Library.

sheep pack

the sheep pack i copied to mpeg is associated with do i get E/S to use them....i extracted,copied to mpeg folder...but nothing???

sheep pack

never mind...i figured it out :-)

Is there a problem with using flock 243?


I currently have a lot of sheep from flock 244 and would like to download more sheep from The sheep in the pack linked to above are from flock 243. Will there be a degradation in performance if I mix the two flocks, or do they mix seamlessly?

Also, when I try exploring the the internet archive for other electric sheep files, it's pretty clear that some sort of numerical naming scheme is being used. For example, recently downloaded files include:

Could you explain the naming scheme. The "electricsheep-flock-244-" portion is pretty obvious, but what should I make of the "15000-2" and "2500-1," etc.? I'd like to be able to make some sense of the numerical strings...

Thanks in advance for any help!

the sheep from 243 and 244

the sheep from 243 and 244 are compatible, you can put them both in your flock.

the name electricsheep-flock-244-15000-2 means generation 244, sheep from 15000 to 17499 those last digit is 2.

why dont the sheep packs work?

how do i get them to work? before i  downloaded the sheep packs and installed them into the proper folder, it was working. but now ive let the screensaver stay up for a few hours and all i got was a black screen. i erased the whole folder and its working again, but it only has a few sheep to work with, like it started over from scratch. after i download the sheep pack and extract the .avi files to my ~/.electricsheep folder, what do i have to do to get it to work? ive even tried downloading the whole sheep pack again to see if that was the problem, but it still didnt work. please help!!!

that should do it.  try

that should do it.  try running on the command line with the "--debug 1" option and see if the output has any clues.  what is the output from these commands:

ls ~/.electricsheep/*.avi | wc -l


du -h ~/.electricsheep



the command that started with ls gave me an output of '76'

the command that started with du gave me an output of  '213M    /home/bob/.electricsheep'

these commands were run after i totally erased my ~/.electricsheep folder and then let the screensaver run for atleast an hour. it looks like it created the ~/.electricsheep folder and then populated it with 76 sheep and 3 other files when i let it run for an hour. I want to be able to put all of the other files from the sheep pack in to the folder at let it run with those too. It doesnt seem to wanna work for me, and I dont know what I am doing wrong. I ran it with the --debug 1 from command line and it ran, but didnt tell me anything that seemed like it would help. im going to try and copy the sheep packs back into the folder again and see what happens.


problem solved

i had been running the command 'gksu nautilus' from terminal to copy files to ~/.electricsheep, because i mistakenly thought that was the only way to do it since it is a hidden folder. i realized it was changing the permissions and then tried it without running the file browser as root, and now i got everything to work. see what being a linux n00b and thinking too hard gets you? I was just making my life harder than it should be. i wasted hours trying to figure this out. im glad it is finally working. thanks for trying to help, i should have been explaining everything i was doing

linux noob. im lost

i just installed electricsheep. when i go to the screensaver configure window, electricsheep shows up as one of the screensavers i can choose from. now, im kinda new to linux, after i downloaded one of the sheep packs from and i extracted it to my download folder, now im supposed to copy it to ~/.electricsheep, how exactly do i do that? i dont understand what '~' means. someone please help

first, if you are patient it

first, if you are patient it should work without the sheep pack.

second, ~ means your home directory.

Are the .avi files linked to on the homepage sheep?

Great Program

Ive got a few questions:

Im currently using an older version of ES and instead of the files being in "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data"

They are found in "C:\WINDOWS\system32\electricsheep-cache\mpeg"

When I go to the ES homepage and click on the "Top Sheeps" links on the right it allows me to download .avi files.

Are these Flock Files ? If they are, do I have to rename them to the

"#####=#####=#####=#####.mpg" filenames?


thanks.  the old version is

thanks.  the old version is obsolete, if you want to use the new content you should download the new version.  it's way better.

I'm having problems running the new version

Maybe I'll try again and see what happens


I downloaded Sheep for Mac running 10.5.8.  Selected it in the screensaver via system prefs.  Only one sheep renders.

Do I need to do anything else or does it take awhile to start the rendering?

sometimes it can take a while

sometimes it can take a while to download.  let it run for a few hours or overnight.  make sure your power settings don't turn off the screen.


I will let it run for awhile and see what happens.  Thx

something is still not quite right...

I have windows, and I saved lots of sheep (815, to be precise) saved in my mpeg folder under content.  I followed the advice of the wiki to rename them all from ".avi" files to ".mpg" files.  However, they not only are still classified as "movie files", they also don't work...

Any ideas why they still don't come up?



NEVER MIND it works beautifully.  and i MEAN beautifully

how did you get it to

how did you get it to work...mine are still classified as movie files also.

you should not be renaming

you should not be renaming any files.

im so confused...this stuff

im so confused...this stuff is above my head...hahaha. the files are classified as mov. files in winzip. what do i do next

i don't know what you should

i don't know what you should do next.  what did you do already?

you should follow the instructions at the top of this forum post.

What's the deal with the downloading?

Hi, first, thank you for the sheep that I have been successful downloading. May I ask, why I am downloading these either avi or mpeg files one at a time? The grouped downloads seems to corrupt when expanded, so I am downloading one movie at a time which takes forever. I am no expert, but really love the effects when placed in my ~/Lib/Application Suppot/ElectricSheep/contensts/mpeg folder in Leopard 5.8. Thanks for the movies again, but wish there were a single compressed download.


john r

no ES forlder in APs

i can dl the full pack, in avi format, but i dont hav the folder to put them in .... schould i just create one ? sorry for stupid ques,... i am just new on mac

run the screensaver first to

run the screensaver first to create the folders.

i had the same problem i have

i had the same problem i have no folder to save my sheep in a few are payin but i cant find where they are stored to save the rest in the same place. Theres are no files other than the install and run files etc. would be great to hear bk as i would love to get this thing running. Also just curious but how does the breeding and mutations work? does every one see the same sheep at the same time hu is on there e.s.? and if not then why woud it need to be all linked up? cheeers, D.T.

what operating system do you

what operating system do you have?

i believe the pack files are

i believe the pack files are correct on the server; you may have a bad copy.  i recommend you delete it and download from again.


Got it fixed ^^ Great program

First time user of electric sheep

Hopp this shit's dopp

I've been a sheep herder for years.

I am downloading pack 6 right now, I would like to participate a little more. Scott do I have to be a code guru to participate at a higher level? Also, I killed a sheep by accident, is there any way to bring it back to life? I really can't give it mouth to mouth, lol

Thanks for offering, Mark. 

Thanks for offering, Mark.  There's a ton of stuff to do, like updating the wiki documentation.  What are your skills?

If it's still alive you can bring a sheep back by downloading it from the current flock (click on a sheep on the right and then click "flock").

Otherwise you can use the archive:

Active Desktop?

Hi spot,

I just saw your reply and wanted to ask if there is a posibility that ES could be made into an active desktop? If so how much regedit would have to be done? I really think that the effort would be worth the prize. This idea has been in the back of my mind for a long time now and has given me the incentive to go back to school for IT-CNS. I am a Lake Co. resident and was going to ask if you would consider visiting our school sometime in the near future? I really would like to know a little more about how you make computer magic happen.


Yes It can be

Hey Mark, I was just reeding through the forum while my new sheep pack downloads, thats a great idea so i decided to try it out and it works (on my mac). Just open terminal and past this:

/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ -background

That will make your active screensaver (ES) into your desktop background. Idk what this will do as far as contributing to the supercomputer, maybe it will make your computer always rendering? Mine still runs fine anyways so i dont mind helpin the cause. Hope this helped!

How To Remove Active Desktop On Mac (With Terminal)?

Hi,  I want to use ES as an Active Desktop on my iMac (OS 10.6.8) but don't want to start this until I know how to remove it later if I need to, and I'm new to Mac.  As suggested, I was going to add ES as an Active Desktop by going to Terminal and typing /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ -background.  Is there a way to use Terminal to disable / remove the Active Desktop and return things to normal?  If so, how . . . what do I need to type?

Many Thanks,

~ evenstill

just control-c to kill the

just control-c to kill the process and it returns to normal.

Correction: Packs 243 vs 244 is misleading. It contains Flock 243! is correct. This contains Flock 244.

Correct? No Sheep! Still Looking For Pack 244's

When I went to the page was empty except that it reported a different Fatal Error each time I tried it. Here are 3:


Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 99 bytes) in /usr/local/petabox/www/common/ on line 231


Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 79 bytes) in /usr/local/petabox/www/common/setup.php on line 218


Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 71 bytes) in /usr/local/petabox/www/common/ on line 322

At that point, I gave up and wrote this message. What's happening here, and what can I do about it?


Mac PPC 10.4.11

Sony Vaio WIN Vista, current rev.



archive is having a problem,

archive is having a problem, they are working on it.


Mon, 09/14/2009 - 19:10 — Novogrudsky

same error

Hi, im from argentina so my english is not the best.

I have the same problem as many people here. Id download ES, and i have 2... draws, 2 sheeps and it appear the message:server request failed, using free one

I d read this panel, and im dowloading that pack.(ive to dowload everyone in that page?) (and for what is that, are they sheeps?) but i dont find the folder to put it. i have Vista (in spanish) but i have c-program files-Electricsheep screensaver, and inside this i have several files and a folder 'Scripts' and inside this i have more files and 2 folders: clibs and  loggings .where do i put what im downloading?.. and then?? when does the magic beggins?? je




and I have the same problem, i dont have un-hide folders to get programdata and at the ES folder i dont have content/mpeg... y have to crate it?

On Vista, "ProgramData" is a

On Vista, "ProgramData" is a hidden folder, you may have to go to "View" under the "Folder Options" menu and check the "Show Hidden Files and Folders" box.

you don't need all of them, you can start with just one.

downloaded sheep pack, now nothing works

i just got the sheep pack 4 and put it in the electric sheep folder, didn't work. I've been looking on how to correct this, people say to un-hide folders to get programdata but it still dosen't exist, what do i do? also is there a way to instantly launch the visuals instead of opening configurations first?

you have to put them in the

you have to put them in the content\mpeg folder like the instructions say.

yes i tried that, those

yes i tried that, those folders do not exist even after unhiding them. should i make the folders myself? why should it matter if i tell it where the sheep are?

take that back

ok for some reason last night the mpeg folder wouldn't show up, but today it did. so i moved the files into it and changed the directory, still no good.

shouldn't change the

what did you set the directory to?  you shouldn't have to set that.  i recommend deleting your config file and reinstalling.  or set the path to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ElectricSheep\content/


that worked, for whatever reason, thanks

shortcut to fullscreen running?

is there a way to directly start the visualization in fullscreen from a shortcut, like the last version did?

how did you do it before?  it

how did you do it before?  it should still work if it was something like this:

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