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Open Source Wallpaper Engine Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Wallpaper Engine is Lively Wallpaper. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Wallpaper Engine and 17 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Wallpaper Engine are Variety Wallpaper Changer, ScreenPlay, WinDynamicDesktop and Wave Lines Live Wallpaper.

Wallpaper Engine alternatives are mainly Desktop Customization Tools but may also be Shell Extensions. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Wallpaper Engine.
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  1. Lively Wallpaper icon

    Lively Wallpaper

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    17 alternatives to Lively Wallpaper 

    Free and open-source application for setting GIFs, Videos and Webpages as your desktop wallpaper and screensaver!

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    1.  Ad-freeLively Wallpaper doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Support for scriptingLively Wallpaper supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    Dynamic and customizable wallpapers.
    Theming support.
    Lively Wallpaper vs Wallpaper Engine opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Lively Wallpaper is a great alternative to Wallpaper Engine.
    Guest

    surprisingly good app to use for animated wallpapers!

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    aazard

    ITs infact more powerful than wallpaper engine, and the dev's arnt greedy... unlike the devs of wallpaper engines

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    gltchpnk

    Pro: -It's free~ -No clutter -Customizable, you can even change the taskbar (TaskbarX still offers a bit more)

    Con: -JavaScript Wallpapers preinstalled (heavy) -can be cpu%gpu heavy if you don't know what youre doing/uploading.

    has a lot of settings (pro&con)

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    EnricoMarcel

    It's nice,but don't have many customizable wallpapers.

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  2. Variety Wallpaper Changer icon

    Variety Wallpaper Changer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    44 alternatives to Variety Wallpaper Changer 

    Variety is a wallpaper changer for Ubuntu which is featureful, yet slim and very easy to use. It can automatically download wallpapers from various online sources, allows rotating them on a regular interval or on demand, and provides easy to use ways to separate the great images...

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    Main settings, indicator menu and thumbnails display
    Variety Wallpaper Changer vs Wallpaper Engine opinions
    Most users think Variety Wallpaper Changer is a great alternative to Wallpaper Engine.


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    ScreenPlay

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Steam
    34 alternatives to ScreenPlay 

    ScreenPlay is an Open Source cross-platform app for displaying Video Wallpaper & Widgets. It is written in modern C++20/Qt6/QML. It currently supports Windows and macOS (x64 and arm).

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    ScreenPlay vs Wallpaper Engine opinions
    Almost everyone thinks ScreenPlay is a great alternative to Wallpaper Engine.
    Guest

    It's open source and cross platform. It also has very active development!

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    Guest

    Works great and soon on Linux and Mac as well!

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    WinDynamicDesktop

    23 alternatives to WinDynamicDesktop 

    This app ports the Dynamic Desktop feature from macOS Mojave to Windows 10. It uses your location to get the times of sunrise and sunset each day, and rotates through the 16 Mojave wallpaper images throughout the day and night.

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    RemovedUser

    Great app, but it changes static wallpapers depending on time (no animated wallpapers like WallpaperEngine).

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  5. Wave Lines Live Wallpaper icon

    Wave Lines Live Wallpaper

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • F-Droid
    35 alternatives to Wave Lines Live Wallpaper 

    A simple, unobstrusive live wallpaper showing slowly moving wave lines. You can choose a color theme, build your own, change if the lines should grow and shrink or if they should have a uniform width. The lines may swing in harmony or each line independently.

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    HydraPaper

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    11 alternatives to HydraPaper 

    Manage your collection simply with folders, then add all of them to HydraPaper. You can enable or disable them with just a click.

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    1.  Ad-freeHydraPaper doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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  7. weebp

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    20 alternatives to weebp 

    free and open-source wallpaper engine, set any window as your wallpaper.

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    The project seems still developed, but latest version, 0.6.1, was released in November 2018. It can be still downloaded from GitHub.

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  8. Aerial

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    5 alternatives to Aerial 

    Aerial is a Mac screen saver based on the new Apple TV screen saver that displays the aerial movies Apple shot over New York, San Francisco, Hawaii, China, etc.

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    AwesomeWallpaper

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    15 alternatives to AwesomeWallpaper 

    AwesomeWallpaper plays videos, shows images and system information on your desktop wallpaper. It supports next modes:

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    Wallpaper Manager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    14 alternatives to Wallpaper Manager 

    Wallpaper Manager is a wallpaper cycling and management tool especially designed for multiscreen systems.

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