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Rainmeter Alternatives for Linux

Rainmeter is not available for Linux but there are some alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Conky, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Rainmeter and five of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Rainmeter are GKrellM, hwinfo, nwg-wrapper and gDesklets.

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.
This page was last updated Apr 20, 2022
  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows

Rainmeter allows you to display customizable skins on your desktop, from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio...

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  1. 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.

    Conky vs Rainmeter opinions
    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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  2. 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.

    Most users think GKrellM is a great alternative to Rainmeter.

  3. 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.

  4. This program is a GTK3-based wrapper to display a script output, or a text file content on the desktop in sway or other wlroots-based compositors. It uses the gtk-layer-shell library to place the window on the bottom layer.

  5. gDesklets

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    gDesklets is an architecture for "desklets", which are tiny applets sitting on your desktop in a symbiotic relationship of eye candy and usefulness.


    The project is no longer developed and the official website is no longer available. Last version, 0.36.3, released in January 2011, can be still downloaded from Launchpad

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