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XaoS is an interactive fractal zoomer. It allows the user to continuously to zoom in or out of a fractal in a fluid, continuous motion. This capability makes XaoS great for exploring fractals, and it’s just plain fun! XaoS can display many different fractal types, including Mandelbrot, Barnsley, Newton, Phoenix, and many more. Fractals can be rendered using various coloring methods and planes for an almost endless variety of images. XaoS also supports switching between Julia and Mandelbrot sets for each formula. Check out all of XaoS’s great features and learn how to use it in the on-line manual.

If you don’t understand what fractals are, don’t worry! XaoS includes many animated tutorials that make learning about fractals fun and easy. These tutorials are also a great introduction to all of XaoS’s features.

XaoS currently runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and other unix-like systems. Older versions are available for DOS, BeoS, and more. Download a copy for your operating system today!

XaoS is free software, licensed under the GPL. It was originally written by Thomas Marsh and Jan Hubicka, and it is currently maintained by Zoltan Kovacs. Countless other improvements have been contributed by volunteers around the world. You can help improve XaoS too!


XaoS 3.6 Source Released

After 4 years of work including several bug fixes and many small and bigger improvements, today we released version 3.6 of XaoS. It can be accessed at SourceForge.

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XaoS 3.6 for Mac Released

We recently released the Mac version of XaoS 3.6 which resolves the zooming issue on Mac OS X 10.8. We will announce the official tarball of 3.6 soon, keep tuned!

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Web site moved

As of 2013 October 16 we moved the web site to Please update your links if required.

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Web site moved · Zoltán Kovács · 2013/10/16 07:45


Introducing a port of the XaoS zooming algorithm to JavaScript. Real-time fractal zooming in your browser! Check out a very early version here. The source code is on GitHub. I’d welcome volunteers. It performs best in the latest version of Chrome, but also works pretty well in Firefox 4.0 and greater.

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XaoS.js · J.B. Langston · 2011/09/16 02:18

Wiki Edits Blocked

Unfortunately, due to spam being posted on the Wiki, we have had to block automated registration of new users and remove many of the existing users.

If you would like to help maintain the XaoS web page, please let us know on the XaoS Users' Discussion Group, and we will be happy to create an account for you.

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Wiki Edits Blocked · J.B. Langston · 2011/08/08 20:45

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