Fractal Software

We believe that the best way to learn about fractals is to explore them yourself! Please download the fractal software below and begin to explore the infinite realm of fractals.

XaoS for Windows | XaoS for Mac OS X | Instructions for XaoS | XaoS Open Source Project
This is the dazzling Real-Time Zoomer featured in our presentations. Explore the Mandelbrot set and 23 other fractals. Used by children everywhere, it’s even simple enough for adults. Free!

This is an app for iPhones and iPads, and it is the best touch screen fractal explorer EVER made. It’s simply wonderful! You can pinch to zoom or spin and steer by tilting. Incredible fun, and so beautiful.

Mandelbulber | Mandelbulb3D
If you’re ready to explore 3D fractals like the Mandelbulb and Mandelbox, here are two great free programs that will open up infinite worlds. The first one may be a little more powerful and possibly a bit faster, but the second one is a little easier to use. I love them both! And they’re both Free!

Ultra Fractal
When you are ready for more power, Ultra Fractal is an awesome, professional package that supports animation, arbitrarily deep fractals, and extremely high resolution.

This is a complex and powerful 3D modeling program that makes fractals really well. A professional program, it supports animation as well as high resolution rendering.

Electric Sheep
This is an incredible evolving collaborative fractal screen saver project. Download the screensaver (for Mac, PC or linux) and let your computer help create some of the most beautiful fractal animations anywhere. Interact with it by voting on your favorite sheep, and help contribute to the fractal evolution! Free!

This incredible realtime video manipulation software allows the user to do all sorts of fun and beautiful live video effects, and best of all it is integrated with XaoS, the fractal zoomer, so you can blend yourself and your friends into the infinite fractal landscapes…

Fractal Grower
An interactive Java applet by UNM professor Joel Castellanos, that allows you to virtually grow ‘plants’ and other similar fractal shapes, by repeating a simple geometric operation. Lots of fun. Free!

Google Earth
The magnificent free program that allows you to explore anywhere on Earth. Zoom in to discover natural fractals such as mountains, rivers and coastlines. (Coming soon: custom KMZ layers showing a special collection of natural fractals on the Earth.) Free!


27 Responses to “Fractal Software”
  1. Ross Hilbert says:


    Please take a look at the Fractal Science Kit!

    Windows program for exploring fractals including: Mandelbrot, Julia, Convergent, Newton, Orbit Traps, Sierpinski Triangle, IFS, Strange Attractors, Rep-N Tiles, Symmetric Icons, Apollonian Gasket, Circle Inversion, Schottky Group, Kleinian Group, L-System and many more. Hundreds of built-in equations, transformations, orbit traps, and color controllers, allow the casual user to produce stunning fractal images while providing the experienced fractal developer a rich set of illustrative examples on which to build his/her own programs.

    Key Links:

    Main page:
    Fractal Gallery:
    Fractal Tutorials:
    Fractal Examples:



  2. robin says:

    awesome program fractals are awesome

  3. Kevin says:

    This is awesome, though you may want to add GnoFract4d. It’s like an open-source ultrafractal (it even supports the same files), but it only runs on linux.

  4. You forgot FRACTINT! The grand-daddy of them all!

  5. Gunnar says:

    Fractint won’t work in Windows 7. Neither will WinFrac. Almost worth keeping an old comp around to run them. I’ll miss exploring the Popcorn Julia fractal.

  6. Deb Booth says:

    How about Apophysis? It’s a free program, downloadable from – just do a search for Apophysis. There are classes taught online at for $25 for a 7-week course. I loved taking it, and learned a lot.

  7. Paul N. Lee says:

    There are well over 600 fractal applications available to the general public. And only a handful of them actually will cost you money to use. The majority are Freely available, and you can find the most popular ones listed here:

    And for further information and references, try the following:


  8. David Byrne says:

    Fractoid is an open source fractal program for the Android platform. Supports pinch to zoom, mandelbrot and julia set fractals, 10 different equations, and escape-time and gaussian integer coloring algorithms. Its free and can be downloaded from the Android market.

  9. You can run the older fractal generators in a virtual machine. All you need is an old version Windows CD that hasn’t gone to a landfill yet.

    I turned to virtualization so that I could use my original formulas in Fractal Explorer (yes, you forgot another, very important and versatile one)

  10. marcusbacus says:

    Fractint does work in Windows 7. There are 2 ways to make it work: use an older version inside a little piece of software called DOSBox (maybe other softwares can run this way as well), or else get the v. 21 beta 5. It has a few crashes here and there but it works fine both with 7 and Vista despite the lack of the old VESA drivers.

  11. KK says:

    Grt software. A must for everyone!!!

  12. David Makin says:

    Two more recommended *free* fractal programs:

    ChaosPro is a bit like a free version of Ultra Fractal and somewhat compatible with various Ultra Fractal formulas, though perhaps not quite as stable as UF.
    Chaoscope is probably the best software available for rendering strange attractors (certainly of thte available freeware).

  13. arthur says:

    you may want to include “amazing boxplorer” in the 3d mandelbuls apps, it uses the graphics card to render mandelboxes at 30 60 fps depending on graphics card.

  14. Pixie says:

    I love this site. Some of the featured fractal animations are stunning!!

    I would really love to create my own fractals and fractal animations. Is there any software that you could recommend for an absolute beginner?


  15. Bryan says:

    Hi, does anyone know of a good program (I’m willing to pay for it) that generates fractals from music? Thanks!

  16. Nice post! Thank you for providing great info. I like forward to your future posts. Keep up great writing.

  17. Tim says:

    There is an improved version of Apophysis called Apophysis 7X and it is freely available at

  18. Rick Chapman says:

    Another free program is J-Wildfire. It is Apophysis like but written in Java. You can go back and forth between the two with relative ease. Getting great support from the developer and user base.

  19. Tatanka Wakantanka says:

    ManPwin is a stripped-down version of the immortal FRACTINT that runs on Windows. Have not tested on Win7 yet, but runs great on XP. Worth checking out. I will second the ChaosPro recommendation as well. TW

  20. Paul says:

    Thank you so much for this awesome collection. I’m looking forward for tomorow, where i have much more time to check it all out.

    Thank you again and keep working!

    Greetings from Paraguay!

  21. Michael says:

    Here’s a little Javascript program that associates to each name (or word)
    a Julia set:
    It runs in every newer Browser (HTML5).
    So have fun while checking out what your name looks like as a Julia set…

  22. Emilio says:

    these fractals are amazing I love them!!!!

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