I have always wanted to do this once in a while and have never found a way until now. You can run ScreenSaver’s as your desktop background. To do this you have to use a quick Terminal script. Open Terminal which is located in Applications>Utilities>Terminal.app and then type the following line in:

/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background &

and then click enter

Terminal Window with code for Screensaver Script

This will immediately change your desktop to the default screensaver. To the change the default screensaver, go to System Preferences>Desktop & Screensaver

Desktop and Screen Saver in System Preferences

Once you open that, select the screensaver near the top.

Screen Saver Tab

Then select a new screen saver in the sidebar that will become your default.

Select a New Default Screen Saver

Choose the Screen Saver time to be “never” and then run the script again!

This isn’t faultless. If you quit Terminal, the Screensaver will immediately disappear. I am currently working on an application that will stay in the Menu Bar and will then be able to configure different screen savers.

Enjoy your screen saver on the Desktop!


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