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Apple TV Aerial Screensaver for Mac

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Aerial - Apple TV Aerial Views Screen Saver

Aerial is a Mac screensaver based on the new Apple TV screensaver that displays the Aerial movies Apple shot over New York, San Francisco, Hawaii, China, etc. Starting with version 1.6, this also includes the new undersea videos available in tvOS 13 ! See here for a complete list of available videos.

Aerial is completely open source, so feel free to contribute to its development.

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Windows user? Try OrangeJedi/Aerial Linux user? Try graysky2/xscreensaver-aerial

Aerial was started in 2015 by John Coates (Twitter, Email)

Starting with version 1.4, Aerial is maintained by Guillaume Louel (Twitter). If you are looking to support the development of Aerial, feel free to donate using the following button Support via PayPal.

You can see a list of contributors here.


Please note : Starting with Catalina, Aerial will only notify you of new versions, but won't be able to automatically update itself. This is a limitation of macOS Catalina.

Installation instructions (latest versions require macOS 10.12 or above) :

  1. Quit System Preferences.
  2. [Download the latest release of
    ]( Alternatively, you can find the latest beta here.
  3. Unzip the downloaded file (if you use Safari, it should already be done for you).
  4. Double-click
    ; it will open in
    System Preferences
    Desktop & Screen Saver
    and ask you if you want to install for all users or for your user only. Be aware that installing for all users will require a password at install and each subsequent update, including auto-updates.

Need more information on install, setup, or uninstall ? Or want to install via homebrew ? Check our extended instructions here. Curious about auto-updates ? Have a look here.

What's new in Aerial 1.9.0 (May 25, 2020)?

At first glance, the current versions of Aerial seems to work correctly with macOS Big Sur 11. Check here for more details (and information on the upcoming 2.0.0).

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  • Weather ! Aerial can now display current conditions for a location of your choice using Yahoo! Weather's API.

This feature can be enabled and configured inside the Info tab.

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You can either manually specify a location, or use your mac's location services to provide Aerial with your most recent location when it starts. To preserve your privacy, should you wish to use location services, Aerial will only provide your location with an approximate 1km margin of error.

  • Graphical battery indicator. The old text battery indicator was replaced with a nicer graphical one :
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This version also includes several extra refinements such as adding the ability to override the 12/24 hour format for the clock, and also includes Italian translation thanks to @marguglio.

You can find more about version changes here.


Aerial is written in Swift, which requires OS X Sierra (10.12) or above. Aerial 1.7.1 is the last version that supports macOS 10.9.


Multilanguage support

Aerial features overlay descriptions of the main geographical features displayed in the videos.

Community Strings example

These descriptions are available in many languages (Spanish, French, Polish… check the complete list here) and that is only possible thanks to the collaboration and uninterested work of many. To best serve the international community we've defined a translation workflow that allows any person, even with no technical background to help translating these descriptions.

If you want to collaborate, please read the details here.

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