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Best Rainmeter Alternatives

Rainmeter is described as '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' and is a very popular system information utility in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Rainmeter for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and Android Tablet. The best alternative is Sidebar Diagnostics, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Rainmeter are XWidget, Conky, Übersicht and GKrellM.

Rainmeter alternatives are mainly System Information Utilities but may also be Desktop Customization Tools or Network Monitors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Rainmeter.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows

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  1. SidebarDiagnostics - A simple sidebar for Windows desktop that displays hardware diagnostic information.

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    Almost everyone thinks Sidebar Diagnostics is a great alternative to Rainmeter.
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    XWidget

    • 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: http://android.xwidget.

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    Most users think XWidget is a great alternative to Rainmeter.

    Easy to uses and easy to create my own skins and theme. awesome.

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  3. 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.

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    Some users think Conky is a great alternative to Rainmeter, some don't.

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

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  4. 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

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    It's very flexible, and unlike the other options for Mac, it's still under active development.

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    very well made, nonintrusive

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    GKrellM

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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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    Most users think GKrellM is a great alternative to Rainmeter.


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    XMeters

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    Taskbar System Monitoring for Windows.

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    hwinfo

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    hwinfo/libhd are used to probe for the hardware present in the system. It can be used to generate a system overview log which can be later used for support.

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    GeekTool

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    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:

    Discontinued

    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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    Most users think GeekTool is a great alternative to Rainmeter.
    amanpreetsingh

    As the name suggests it's a little bit geeky, but after few tutorials you can do wonders on your mac :)

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    It's not a system monitor

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  9. This is a port to OS X El Capitan 10.11 of MenuMeters by Alex Harper.

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    BitBar

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    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.

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