Conky Alternatives

    Conky is described as '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' and is a well-known app in the Network & Admin category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Conky for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and Android Tablet. The best alternative is Rainmeter, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Conky are GKrellM (Free, Open Source), Übersicht (Free, Open Source), Desktop Info (Free) and XWidget (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jun 14, 2021

    1. Rainmeter allows you to display customizable skins on your desktop, from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio visualizers. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.
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      Rainmeter vs Conky opinions
      Some users think Rainmeter is a great alternative to Conky, some don't.
      rain meter is more usable than conky
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      Conky Is not a Desktop customisation platform, it is a system monitor.
      Top negative comment  almost 4 years ago

      I thinks it is more like a desktop customize software that include some system monitor function, not mainly design as a system monitor, and it is definitely not a conky clone or any alternative.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      This isn't a desktop monitoring tool
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      Conky does not customize Desktop, it is a system monitor, Rainmeter shows some info but it is designed to customize the user interface.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

    2. 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.
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      GKrellM vs Conky opinions
      Almost everyone thinks GKrellM is a great alternative to Conky.
      I've used GKrellM for years in Linux. Very simple to set up and displays the info I like to keep an eye on. I didn't realise it's available on Windows too.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      CeesT Works flawlessly out of the box, while being nice to look at as well.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      Cross platform, Open source and Configurable in a user-friendly way, Definitely the best alternative in my book
      Positive comment 8 months ago


    3. Übersicht lets you run system commands and display their output on your desktop in little containers, called widgets. Widgets are written using HTML5, which means they - are easy to write and customize - can show data in tables, charts, graphs ...
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    4. 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 the display in real time.
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      Almost everyone thinks Desktop Info is a great alternative to Conky.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      • Steam
      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:

    5. vtop is a graphical command-line tool that uses unicode braille to chart CPU and memory usage. It can be easily extended.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      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 version If you manage multiple computers you...
    6. 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 * Image mode.


      The program is reportedly still working, but latest version, 3.3.1, was released in October 2016. It can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    7. 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 you, and this site makes it easy to find them.
    8. 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.
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