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Lively Wallpaper

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Lively is the only animated desktop wallpaper application that you will need.

Its super easy.. barely an inconvenience, just drag & drop the files or webpages to set as wallpaper.

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Videos / GIFs

Eternal Light by VISUALDON

  • Powered by mpv / vlc player.
  • Customize videos with filters.
  • Hardware Acceleration supported.
  • Supports integer scaler for sharp image.


25th Hour by Loius Coyle

  • Load HTML file or web address as wallpaper.
  • Runs webgl, javascript.. basically anything that works on chrome.
  • Audio Reactive Wallpaper support.

Video Streams

  • Just drag & drop stream links.
  • Adjustable video quality.
  • Autofills wallpaper data.


Heartfelt by BigWIngs

  • Run GLSL shaders in browser.
  • Custom shader renderer (coming soon.)
  • urls are supported as wallpaper.

Games & Applications

  • Support Unity, Godot games as wallpaper.
  • Limited support for gui applications as wallpaper.
  • Learn more..


  • Lively supports Windows screensaver.
  • Any wallpaper can be used as screensaver.
  • Multiple monitor supported.
  • Learn more..


  • Lively can be controlled with command line arguments from terminal.
  • Can be paired with third party scripting software like AutoHotkey.
  • Learn more..

Lively API

  • Powerful set of API for developers to create interactive wallpapers.
  • Get system information, audio graph, music information..
  • Learn more..

Taskbar Customization

  • Several system taskbar theme : Clear, Blur, Fluent..
  • Can adapt taskbar color based on live wallpaper color.
  • Learn more..

& more

  • Easy to use; Just drag'n'drop media files & webpages into lively window to set it as wallpaper.
  • Hardware accelerated video playback, powered by mpv player.
  • Interactive webgl wallpapers, powered by lightweight chromium engine Cef.
  • Windows 10 fluent design, native windows theme.
  • Efficient, Lively is a native .net core application.
  • Fully opensource & free; no blackmagic, no features behind paywall.
  • Supports converting any wallpaper to video via screen recording.


  • Wallpaper playback pauses when fullscreen application/games run on the machine (~0% cpu, gpu usage).
  • Set wallpaper playback rules based on running foreground application.
  • Can be set to pause wallpaper when running on battery power (laptops.)
  • Wallpaper automatically pauses when running remote desktop session.

Multiple displays

  • Supports any number of monitors.
  • Wallpaper adjusts automatically to monitor settings change.
  • Span single wallpaper across all screens.
  • Duplicate same wallpaper across all screens.
  • HiDPI and Ultrawide resolutions supported.

I'm not officially affiliated with Unity technologies, godot, shadertoy;


Latest version: v1.7.4.2 (Windows 10 1903 or above)What's new?

SHA256: 0683fe78bede802eece570da143e8c26c75753374f57c964907c672b66d12b6e

Installer will give Smartscreen warning, discussion.

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Which version do I download?


See github issues.



Pull requests are welcome, check guidelines for further instructions.


Help translate lively to other languages.


You can always help development by buying me a cup of coffee(paypal): ko-fi


Lively v1.0 onwards is licensed under GPL-3.