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 cast my vote with 7-zip

I cast my vote with 7-zip here also. It's never failed me and is always among the first programs to get installed upon a reinstall of windows.

Just right click on the file that needs to be extracted, go to the 7-zip option and choose how you want it to do it and you're done. It will extract .zips, .rars, .7z's, even linux extensions and more and will zip files for you too.

Any comp nerd will tell you the same thing, get 7-zip :)

If you keep getting errors upon extraction it's a sign that your download is corrupted. Although rare with high-speeds these days it does still happen. If it is corrupted and 7-zip won't get 'em out for you either you will have to re-download. Always keep 'net browsing to a minimum if you are downloading big files as this would be the most likely culprit of a corrupted download.

you there

stop using winace, its a noob program. Go download winRar its free.

Not seen that. Try 7-Zip

Not seen that. Try 7-Zip

Cool, thanks for the help. I

Cool, thanks for the help. I had 7-Zip on my old machine, guess I just grabbed whatever I ran across first when setting up the new one. Yea sheep!


Good to see it working again. Thanks! Got pack 3 so far unzipped and working nice.

Quick question since I have not seen it mentioned or posted so far... do i need to grab the xml's and slap 'em in the content/xml folder or not? Wondering since it seems to be working anyway. Thanks again.

the xml files are used only

the xml files are used only to know what sheep to download. If you download the whole pack, you don't need xml files. So you don't need to copy them anywhere. Only file in mpeg folder are used for displaying sheep.

Thanks dasvo. Jus one more

Thanks dasvo. Jus one more thing, if you could, how does it decide when to participate in making sheep? For as much as I've had it on since the 21st it has only cranked out 7 .png's.

Wondering if this is normal and/or how it determines when/if to use you.

I also discovered that if you vote on a sheep after you first start up it will get connected to the server much, much faster. Just thought others might find this useful. Thanks again for the reply.


I've had this for about 3 days now. I did not register and was able to get the 6 or so sheep which were on the front page. I registered yesterday and installed on my laptop as well. It ran all night and nothing.

I must have been lucky to get the packs I did on my other computer.

And to you people asking silly questions like "Beta 18?" or "Where is the mpeg folder, I don't have one?" - Did you even open the config? I mean seriously. I've never seen a more self explanitory (LITERALLY - it has pop ups for EVERYTHING) program that was this cool.  IF you don't know how to get to the config and you don't know how to look up information.... it's the "settings" button in your screen saver control panel |OR| you can find it in the start menu under Electric Sheep. (There's also a nice button on the second tab page to take you to the content folder, which contains the mpeg and jpg folders)

7-zip can make using split archives a lot easier. It's also free and opensource (so no "pay me or else" nagging messages)
VLC Player (also free and opensource) will play the sheep files as well, and can convert them to other formats if needed. I plan to convert and burn to DVD to use on my big screen.
Google's Sites may provide for a conveint place to upload individual .avi files, though I would not upload entires packs. I don't know what their upload/single file size limit is.

Oh, one other thing... Watch out for that giant spider hanging over your head.

Content folder

I looked for the content folder based on the suggestion above the forum and I do not have an Application Data folder to navigate any further in the instructions. So i'm just trying to figure out exactly where i need to put my sheep. Help would be good :D Thank you

I'm assuming that you are

I'm assuming that you are running XP then? That folder should definitely be there then as more programs than just ES would make use of that location. Double check the path carefully.

Also, if you open the ES config and go to the advanced tab at the bottom it shows you the exact path it is using to access your content. You can even change the path there if you want also.

Possibly a better sheep-pack host??

Same size limit, still requires splitting of packs. BUT claims to have Bandwidth unlimited by lack of registration. WebFileHost allows a huge 500Mb file size o Maximum file size: 500 Mb o Allowed Files: documents, mp3, video, image files o Split-archives: Allowed o Upload limit: Unlimited o Bandwidth: Unmetered o Powered by: Linux WebFileHost Is a absolutely free file web hosting service powered by a dedicated linux servers network. It can be used to share your files across the internet with friends, forums, or anywhere. Great for businesses, project management, people who work from home. For example, people who invest, apply for mortgage, life insurance quotes, etc, etc.

this has 30 days limit

The FAQ page on said files will be deleted after 30 days.

Server to Download sheep??

I cannot find a server where i can get the correct files for downloading the sheep. I keep getting files that need to open with the browser. Can anyone help?

link for new packs broken

I have tried for  a day and keeps saying cant find the server, also downloaded a 385 meg zip of pack 3-1.001 and it appears to be bad as well

you have to read

You have to read the instruction before downloading packs. Because of file size limitation, I have to split file into pieces to upload packs, so that you have to join pieces into packs when you download them.

Sorry if the hosting service didn't work well for you. If you know a better free file hosting service, please let me know.

How do you join the pieces?

How do you join the pieces?

There are lots of tools to

There are lots of tools to split/join files (such as HJSplit, which supports Windows/Mac/Linux).

Or, if you prefer the command line, you can use following command to join pieces into

- on Windows: copy /b pack4.001 + pack4.002 + pack4.003

- on Mac/Linux: cat pack4.001 pack4.002 pack4.003 >


Well i have found a few sites

Well i have found a few sites that tell me to put the files in my mpeg folder..but i do not have any such folder on my Electric Sheep file. Nor do i know where to find it.

Mpeg folder

i found mine @ C:\ProgramData\ElectricSheep\content\mpeg

Using Vista


finding mpeg folder made simple

Open the control panel for E S, then the "Advanced" tab to an item named "Content directory" . Click on "Open this folder" and you are there. Just make sure you have been running E S for a few hours first so it can create the folders. Nothing invisible here...

Wont download anything

I tried this link a few times and cant get anything to download. Its a bad link. And for face, i left my pc on all night last night hoping itd download more sheep... Nothin, im stuck with the same two sheep as before and haven't been able to download anything else.  The Sheep folder in the Programdata is only 7.72mb.. Much smaller than the 2000mb limit... Also says can't connect to server using free one.  Any ideas why i can't download?

again, the server is still

again, the server is still down. (try searching through the forums first for an answer)

it will be down until otherwise stated.

Additional Problems

I have installed twice and I got one avi file. However it does not play. All links to flocks or sheep packs do not work. Browser says that it cannot find the server om all links tried. I liked your program in the past, but since max OS 10.4 I have never gotten it to work. Are the sheep pack links being fixed? Are there additional config issues to be sorted out in the screen saver options? It shouldn't be this difficult!

Running Mac OS 10.5.7, Safari 4.03

Sheep 2.7b15a

the server with the sheep

the server with the sheep packs is down right now.  i've asked the owner about it, but haven't heard back yet.

if you got an AVI file it should play.  what is its name?  do you have the "seamless" option enabled?  if so, turn it off.

The sheep I got

The name of the file isfile:///Users/bzylman/Library/Application%20Support/ElectricSheep/



thats it. Does not seem to work

Seamless setting

Turned seamless off and it worked. Other problem is I have two monitors. Is sheep multi monitor aware?

I have the packs

I have the packs before the server going down. I'm trying to upload them to (in 400MB pieces). I'll post links here ASAP.

mirror of sheep packs

I'm uploading sheep packs to It is horribly slow. I also made a page for them at

when i downloaded the file it

when i downloaded the file it had to use the web browser to open it..any way i got turn that file into the sheep?
And also, where do I put the sheep after i fixed the file?

You need to decompress the pack and

You need to decompress the pack and put the sheep into the Mpeg folder, which is located in the Content folder.

I have updated the intruction on the wiki page. Hope it helps.

Thanks for the info. Only

Thanks for the info. Only problem i got now is im trying to re-install it so i can get a fresh new file that i can dowload all the new sheep on, but it keeps "cloning" the same Electricsheep file. And when i delete one the other one stops working

yep link broken for me as

yep link broken for me as well  error reads

The connection was reset

The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.

im running out of options hear  i downloaded one more sheep manualy from the flock page so now i have 2 sheep ....... spose im going to have to hope they mate

or start downloading them one at a time

i have let sheep run in the displat propertys window for hours now with no new sheep  it sais server is r2d7c whitch i think is rong  but the instructions i found on other blog for fixing it were for lisux so i cant atempt  ....... also at one point the screen saver said server failed useing free one (still no sheep i may add) but i never new there was a pay server  i looked all over the main site for a pay option to no avail   hell if it will get me some sheep tell me where to pay!!!!!!!!


yea something has gone wrong,

yea something has gone wrong, i asked after it.  do you have windows or mac?

Links bad...

The link appears to be down. I keep getting errors. Possible overload or have you removed it?

link not working

for me for some reason .....any help?

pack contents

all packs are from flock 243 - here are the sheep numbers for each pack:

pack3 13634-13999
pack4 14000-14571
pack5 15098-15998
pack6 16000-16998
pack7 17005-17683

Thank you so much for providing these. I did a stupid thing when I started to run beta 18, forgot to increase the disk space limit and that erased about 3 GBytes of flock 243 sheep. It's great to have them back!


Packs 1 and 2

Hi, how come packs are numbered 3 to 7? Where are packs 1 and 2?

Beta 18?

What do you mean by beta 18? Is this a new ES version for windows because the last version was 2.7b17.  I would appreciate some clarification on what you're saying. 


I didn't see anything about new betas until after I posted my previous post and scrolled the forums.

Just LOVE them!!!!

Thanks so much to all the artists and computer folks who have made this possible!

the packs are a great

the packs are a great concept.  I know storage space is far from infinite, but it would be very nice to have an archive to point people to to find additional sheep.  perhaps keep the screensaver running the way it currently does, and make the archives available via torrent?  possibly make the torrents (free) and then make it a fee for having the screensaver that automatically downloads them?  this way it provides additional incentive to use the pay service as compared to just faster and more.  that might not make people who want it to still be free terribly overjoyed, but I think it might help prevent an issue like the server taking you down again.


New Electric Sheep user here.. just downloaded 2 of the 5 packs and so far... its Flawless shame i didnt find this earlier.. cant wait till server is fully operable. -Garvizzle :)


Which flock are these packs from.

Well, I downloaded pack 3,

Well, I downloaded pack 3, and it is flock 243. Not sure if they all are, but I imagine that they are. It's great to have these packs available for those who would like to fill in some missing sheep.

Edit: just wondering why the new links at the archive say flock 244, when they are really 243?


Hmm ... Yes, W H Y ?

Hmm... Why?

r these any better resolution?

first thing first..the electric sheep just suck on on 1080p screen.. are these manually downloaded flocks any better?

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