Liteshell Alternatives

    The most popular alternative is Cairo Shell, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked 10 alternatives to Liteshell so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Liteshell alternatives are WindowBlinds (Paid), bbLean (Free, Open Source), BB4Win (Free, Open Source) and Emerge Desktop (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Dec 2, 2020

    • Cairo is a desktop environment for Windows. Its goal is to develop a desktop experience that increases productivity and advances current technology standards.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
    • WindowBlinds is a computer program that allows users to skin the Windows graphical user interface.


    • bbLean is the lean version of Blackbox for Windows. It tries to keep balance between features and complexity, to give you some efficient means within a compact shell.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.17.1, released in May 2009, can be still downloaded from the official website.

      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
    • BB4Win (Blackbox for Windows) is an alternative shell for Microsoft Windows. The program aims to emulate the look and feel of a Linux based desktop.

      Discontinued

      Latest release 2009, see http://bb4win.sourceforge.net/

      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
    • Emerge Desktop is a replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above.

      Discontinued

      Emerge Desktop is no longer maintained. Last version, 6.1.3, released in 2012, and the source code are still available on SourceForge

      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
    • SharpEnviro (or SharpE) is an open source shell replacement system for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

      Discontinued

      As of december 2011 the SharpEnviro project is no longer under active development. All files provided come without any warranty or support! It is uncertain if or how well the previously released versions of SharpEnviro will work with any new or updated Windows system after Windows 7 Service Pack 1.

      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
    • Talisman Desktop is a configurable Windows shell replacement introduced in 1997 by Lighttek Software.
    • GeoShell - The premier minimalist Windows shell replacement. It replaces the default Explorer interface.

      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 4.11.10, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
    • SmartWindows streamlines the way you work. It is perfect for professionals looking to optimize the overall work experience or switch between projects.
      • Freemium
      • Windows
    • Easily create and add additional style modes to Windows 10. (Stardock alternative software to its WindowBlinds, for Windows 10).
      • Windows