Lively Wallpaper for Windows

  • Free
  • In English
  • V
  • 4.2
  • (189)
  • Security Status

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Chantelle van Heerden
Chantelle van HeerdenUpdated 7 months ago

Bring life to your desktop

Lively Wallpaper is a free software design application that can make your PC look active and frisky. Developed by a programmer named Dani John, this personalization software enables you to turn various video, GIF, emulators, HTML, web addresses, shaders, and even games into a Windows desktop wallpaper. Just drag and drop any files or webpages into the lively windows to set a more dynamic wallpaper.   

Fully packed with useful and handy features

Lively Wallpaper offers a library wherein you can browse and see a preview of wallpapers. It supports real-time and customizable web wallpapers. The hardware-accelerated video playback that the software offers also provides an option to use your preferred external Directshow codec. Some of the choices include LAV, K-Lite, and Kawaii Codec, among others. On top of that, its lively-zip format can be easily shared. You can generate this format using the built-in creator of the tool which also ensures compatibility. 

It also provides full multiple monitor support. A single wallpaper can be stretched across all screens. Each display can have different wallpapers and the same wallpaper can also be duplicated into numerous desktops. It is capable of playing various video formats such as MP4, MKV, WebM, AVI, and MOV. Whenever you are not on your PC, your clip's audio will automatically be put on mute. Not only that but the video quality can also be freely adjusted with the program’s settings. GSL shaders ran from your browser and Unity and Godot games can be launched in this software.

Once a fullscreen application or game is running on your system, the wallpaper playback immediately pauses to ensure 0% CPU and GPU usage. This personalization utility’s performance can be configured profoundly. You can set wallpaper playback rules based on running foreground applications,  and you can pause wallpaper playback per display or on all of it and impose to play the wallpaper only when you are on desktop. 

Best among the rest   

This free-of-charge and open-source software is one of the most reliable wallpaper tool to have. Lively Wallpaper sets a high standard from the rest of its competitors, especially with the number of features it provides and the highly-customizable options and settings that can be tuned to your preference. This is a highly-recommended personalization app to get.


  • Fully-packed with useful features
  • Personalize tool’s performance to your preference
  • Capable to play and utilize various platforms
  • A free and open-source program


  • Not much in-app wallpapers offered

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Lively Wallpaper for PC

  • Free
  • In English
  • V
  • 4.2
  • (189)
  • Security Status

User reviews about Lively Wallpaper

  • SM

    by SM

    I find it calming to sometimes just stare at the wallpaper, while not doing anything else. Also, it's interesting & attractive screens are nice.


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