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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 2.0.0, it also includes videos shared by Joshua Michaels & Hal Bergman!

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

For downloads and instructions, please go to our new website, hosted on GitHub Page:

New to GitHub or Aerial? Let us walk you through the installation!
Don't want automatic updates? Download Aerial without Aerial Companion
Windows user? Try OrangeJedi/Aerial
Linux user? Try graysky2/xscreensaver-aerial

About 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.

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Trying Big Sur? Very bold of you! Please read this to get your settings and videos back.

Have a question?


With changes in Catalina and Big Sur, a screen saver can no longer update itself, so I've made a separate companion app that can update Aerial in the background or when you manually choose to update it. This is the preferred way to install and keep Aerial up to date!

Installation instructions:

  • Download AerialInstaller.dmg from here
  • Open the .dmg and follow the instructions (for more information, click here)
  • This will install both the companion app and the screen saver (or update you to the current version if you already have it installed)

Need more information on install, setup, or uninstall? Or want to install via homebrew or manually? Check our extended instructions here.

What's New in Aerial 2.0.0+ (Aug 19, 2020)?

  • 20 new videos! Starting with version 2.0, Aerial includes new videos kindly shared by Joshua Michaels & Hal Bergman:

If you enjoy those videos, please consider supporting them by checking the video packs they have created especially for Aerial on their website.


  • A whole new UI, that feels just right at home on macOS Big Sur. It still looks great on other macOS versions, don't worry! It includes large live previews of videos, and new easy ways to found the videos you like, and don't like! It's even resizable!

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  • New cache options! You can finally set a cache size limit, so Aerial will not fill up your disk. Aerial can also periodically replace videos in your cache, say after a week, so things stay fresh.

You can still opt to manually download your videos, or simply grab them all. All up to you. If you allow automatic downloads, you can even specify a list of trusted WiFi networks!

  • A new "On rotation" feature, so you can quickly switch from watching space videos, to only sunset videos:

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  • You can also favorite and hide videos now, based on your preferences.

  • There are many other new options, including vibrance control if you want to make your non HDR videos pop a bit more, sunset and sunrise video at appropriate time, and more!

You can find more about version changes here.


  • Minimum OS X Mavericks (10.9) - Some features will not work below OS X Sierra (10.12)
  • Aerial 2 is optimized for macOS Big Sur (macOS 11.x) and macOS Catalina (macOS 10.15)
  • Aerial 2 has been tested and supports Apple Silicon


Multilingual Support

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

Community Strings example

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

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

More Documentation

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MIT License