Brightness Controller Alternatives

    Brightness Controller is described as 'allows you to control Brightness of your Primary and Secondary Display in Linux. It is a software based dimmer'. There are six alternatives to Brightness Controller for Windows, Mac and Linux. The best alternative is Dimmer, which is free. Other great apps like Brightness Controller are Desktop Dimmer (Free, Open Source), Brisync (Free, Open Source), iBrightness Tray (Free) and DimScreen (Free).

    This page was last updated Oct 17, 2021

    1. Adjust the brightness of all monitors, screens and displays.
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    2. Enables darker-than-dark Desktop dimming for your displays. - Small resource footprint, minimal User Interface. - Settings are persisted and restored per-Display without any configuration.


      The last commit to the project is from November, 16 2017 and it gave some users a bunch of deprecation errors when they tried to install and run it.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      Synchronize your external monitor brightness with built-in display. Application reads current brightness of your built-in display and passes it to external monitors via DDC interface. You can adjust brightness by menu in system status bar.
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    3. iBrightness Tray is a little bit of a swiss army knife display tool as adjusting the brightness of your screen is just one of three main functions it has.


      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.0, released in 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.

    4. Form 1 Hour Software by skrommel, it can dim the screen by applying a transparent gray layer on top of your opened applications

    5. Brightness Controller easily allows windows users to set the brightness level of your LCD screen (It is very useful when your screen doesn't allow settings to be remembered without having to push many buttons on your screen!).


      Last version, 1.0.0, was released on 2003. It is no more available on the official website, but it can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine. It works on Windows 7 too.

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