Alternatives to Rainmeter for all platforms with any license

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  • Conky icon

    Conky

    Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any kind of information on your desktop. Originally a fork of Torsmo, Conkys torsmo-based code is BSD licensed. New code in Conky has been licensed under the GPL 3.0. ...

    Open Source Linux BSD

    • Conky lacks a main repository for adding/removing desktop widgets, nor maintains any central database of them.
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    XWidget

    XWidget is a free desktop customization platform. It’s light, handy with powerful visual widget editor and very subtle animations. The Android page is found here: http://android.xwidget.com/

    Free Windows Android Android Tablet

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    GKrellM

    GKrellM is a single process stack of system monitors which supports applying themes to match its appearance to your window manager, Gtk, or any other theme.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Moss icon

    Moss

    Moss is a live wallpaper, an alternative to Conky for Android. It provides system statistics such as uptime, cpu usage, network usage, top processes, and battery level.

    Open Source Android Android Tablet

  • gDesklets icon

    gDesklets

    gDesklets is an architecture for "desklets", which are tiny applets sitting on your desktop in a symbiotic relationship of eye candy and usefulness. You can populate your desktop with status meters, icon bars, weather...

    Open Source Linux BSD

    • Discontinued The project is no longer updated since 2011 and the official website is no longer available. The unofficial website http://gdesklets.info/archive/ maintains an archive of new and old desklets.
  • Bginfo icon

    Bginfo

    How many times have you walked up to a system in your office and needed to click through several diagnostic windows to remind yourself of important aspects of its configuration, such as its name, IP address, or operating system...

    Free Windows

  • GeekTool icon

    GeekTool

    GeekTool is an application for Mac OS 10.6+. It lets you display various kinds of information on your desktop via 3 default plug-ins: * File plugin to monitor MacOS X activity * Shell mode to launch custom scripts or commands *...

    Free Mac

  • BitBar icon

    BitBar

    The BitBar app lets you put the output from any script or program right in your Mac OS X menu bar. And it's completely free. An impressive number of plugins have already been contributed by a wide range of developers just like...

    Open Source Mac

  • KLWP Live Wallpaper Maker icon

    KLWP Live Wallpaper Maker

    Create you own designs and display any data you need, at once, and with wonderful animations too! If you were looking for Rainmeter or Conky on Android, this is it! With Kustom you can create customized Digital and Analog Clocks...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet

  • WinBar

    WinBar is a free and compact program that lets you monitor your system and provides easy access to frequently used controls. WinBar will run on Windows 2000 and newer operating systems and is available in 32 and 64 bit flavors.

    Open Source Windows

  • 8GadgetPack icon

    8GadgetPack

    8GadgetPack makes it possible to use gadgets on Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10.

    Free Windows

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    Nerdtool

    NerdTool is a GeekTool-like application that displays information directly on your desktop.

    Open Source Mac

  • Moo0 System Monitor

    Lets you keep your eye on system resource usages of your PC. It supports 43 kinds of information including CPU, Memory, Network, and detailed HDD usages, so you may discover what's limiting your system performance in each occasion.

    Free Personal Windows

  • Free Desktop Widget Toolbox icon

    Free Desktop Widget Toolbox

    Download a multi widget toolbox. Use an elegant and clean display with one-click access. Use widgets, including Countdown Timer, Logbook Calculator, Month view Calendar, Rich Notes Editor, Slides Whiteboard, Weather Forecast and a...

    Free Windows

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    ThemeWidgets

    Theme Widgets has eight small apps that run on your PC desktop. The apps cover different tasks such as: clock, calculator, weather, notes, calendar, timer, stopwatch and a whiteboard. This will hopefully grow over time. They all...

    Free Windows

  • Desktop Info icon

    Desktop Info

    This little application displays system information on your desktop in a similar way to some other desktop information tools. Unlike others, this application looks like wallpaper but stays resident in memory and continues to update...

    Free Windows

  • MiniUsage icon

    MiniUsage

    MiniUsage displays various data like CPU usage, amount of network flow, battery status and process names which uses much CPU time in a menubar. It takes little space and can display various data, so it's suitable for notebook. ...

    Free Mac

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    WPInfo

    WPInfo displays system information on the Windows wallpaper. It works similarly to BGInfo from SysInternals but it adds a few unique features: - Picks the background image most appropriate for the current screen resolution from a...

    Open Source Windows

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    iPulse

    Using its concise and appealing user interface, iPulse graphically displays the inner workings of OS X on your desktop, menu bar or Dock.

    Commercial Mac

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Rainmeter Comments

It's really to bad that they don't have a version of Rainme ... 1 Helpful

Comment by jdehnert
about Rainmeter Jun 2011

It's really to bad that they don't have a version of Rainmeter for the Mac. It's such an excellent concept. I believe that Mac users would really embrace this app. It would be a real asset to anyone who used it. Unfortunately, the developers don't seem to have any interest in supporting it on the Mac, and as far as I know no one has stepped up to the place to try and create a Mac fork of the project. The alternatives available to the Mac that are commonly sited don't really offer the depth and breadth of configurability that Rainmeter does.

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Looks nice but presumably causes crash of my win xp explore ...

Comment by uebermensch
about Rainmeter Jun 2011

Looks nice but presumably causes crash of my win xp explorer. Also, handling of settings etc. could be more handy.

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Long life Rainmeter! ^0^Too much awesome, useful & innovati ...

Comment by Aerialsky
about Rainmeter Jun 2011

Long life Rainmeter! ^0^

Too much awesome, useful & innovative skin available by community ^^

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