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svenstaro / genact

πŸŒ€ A nonsense activity generator

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genact - a nonsense activity generator

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Pretend to be busy or waiting for your computer when you should actually be doing real work! Impress people with your insane multitasking skills. Just open a few instances of

and watch the show.
has multiple scenes that pretend to be doing something exciting or useful when in reality nothing is happening at all.


Packaging status

You don't have to install anything! For your convenience, prebuilt binaries for Linux, OSX and Windows are provided here that should run without any dependencies. Additionally, there is a web version at

It's compatible with FreeBSD, Linux, OSX, Windows 10 (it needs a recent Windows 10 to get ANSI support) and most modern web browsers that support WebAssembly.

On FreeBSD: You don't have to do anything special here. Just run

pkg install genact

On Linux: Download

from the releases page and run
chmod +x genact-linux

On OSX: Download

from the releases page and run
chmod +x genact-osx

On Windows: Download

from the releases page and double click it.

With Cargo: If you have a somewhat recent version of Rust and Cargo installed, you can run

cargo install genact


To see a list of all available options, you can run

./genact -h


cargo run -- -h

or (on Docker)

docker run -it --rm svenstaro/genact -h


genact 0.10.0
Sven-Hendrik Haase 
A nonsense activity generator


FLAGS: -h, --help Prints help information -l, --list-modules List available modules -V, --version Prints version information

OPTIONS: -e, --exit-after Exit after running for this long (format example: 2h10min) -m, --modules ... Run only these modules [possible values: bootlog, botnet, cargo, cc, composer, cryptomining, simcity, download, docker, memdump, mkinitcpio, kernel_compile, weblog] -s, --speed-factor Global speed factor [default: 1]

Web usage

In the web version, you can run specific modules by providing them as

parameters like this:

You can also provide a

like this:


You should have a recent version of rust and cargo installed.

Then, just clone it like usual and

cargo run
to get output:
git clone
cd genact
cargo run --release


This is mostly a note for me on how to release this thing:

  • cargo release --dry-run
  • cargo release
  • Releases will automatically be deployed by Github Actions.
  • Docker images will automatically be built by Docker Hub.
  • Update AUR package.

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