Use stunning live wallpapers on your desktop. Create your own custom wallpapers and share them on Steam Workshop!
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Release Date: Oct 10, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early Access will allow me to ensure stability and compatibility for a wider range of systems and focus on expanding features that users need the most. Since a multitude of wallpaper types are supported, I need to figure out which kind of wallpapers are most commonly used and then prioritize further developing those and making them as good as they can be.”

Approximately how long will this software be in Early Access?

“Until about early 2017.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will include more wallpapers and features. There is no specific plan on how many wallpapers and which features will be added, as that will depend on the feedback gathered during early access.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version of Wallpaper Engine includes 13 wallpapers, Steam Workshop support, an editor to create wallpapers of any kind and a multitude of options to tweak and personalize the application. Everything required for a first release is available and the application should be working well.”

Will this software be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes! The price during Early Access is a little bit lower than the final price to accommodate the additional content and improved overall experience that will be added during the Early Access period. If you purchase the application now, you will not have to pay anything extra after Early Access - you will get all new content and improvements as they are being added now.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The community will help shaping Wallpaper Engine through the Steam Forums and built-in feedback methods in the application. The future of Wallpaper Engine will be based on which kind of wallpapers are received well and which additional new features Workshop creators could make use of.

Finally, in case you are experiencing any bugs or problems, I will assist you and work on resolving the issue as soon as possible.”
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January 18

Patch released - CEF update, DWM color options, fixes (Build 1.0.456)

Make sure to fully close Wallpaper Engine when updating. If you are having issues, try verifying the files over Steam first.

Hey all,

Another small update for Wallpaper Engine has been released that is focused on fixing some issues that have come up:

The web engine (CEF/Chromium) has been updated to the latest version. This should fix loading of certain web pages and some DPI scaling related issues (the web wallpaper not being fullscreen or not registering clicks). If you are still having these problems, please let me know. Automatic pausing when Microsoft Edge is fullscreen, i.e. playing a video, should be fixed too.

I replaced the shimmering particles wallpaper with a new dynamic version that allows color changing and is designed to support stretching over three monitors (resolution of 5760 x 1080).

The Windows color adjustment on Windows 10 can now additionally be configured to overwrite the Windows settings for title/task bar colors. You can choose to keep the current Windows settings or overwrite them.

The tag "multi-monitor optimized" is gone now, because it was almost exclusively being abused. A new tag was added, "Unspecified", which is the default genre. The tag input control has also been replaced with a simple drop down menu, to reduce tag abuse:

I also got in touch with EVGA about excluding Wallpaper Engine from EVGA Precision X so the crashing issues when both applications are running should be gone with their next update.

If everything goes as planned, the next update will finally introduce the playlist/random feature in about 2 to 3 weeks.


  • Fixed Traditional Chinese flag.
  • Potentially fixed Edge fullscreen not pausing videos.
  • Potentially fixed a audio recording crash if an application in exclusive mode is started.
  • Fixed web wallpaper not covering the entire monitor on some systems.
  • Fixed web wallpaper clicking on some systems (I hope).
  • Fixed certain web pages not loading by updating CEF.

  • Made Windows color adjustment work without overriding the taskbar/title bar color settings.
  • Made it possible for web wallpapers to read the application language from the 'language' property.
  • Replaced shimmering particles wallpaper with a dynamic scene that supports coloring and stretching over triple screens.
  • Added a warning message when the user attempts to play video on Windows N with missing video components (prompts to install the Media Feature Pack).
  • Changed tags input into a drop down.
  • Removed Multi-Monitor tag, add Unspecified tag.
  • Added a CEF file check that warns the user when Steam only partially updated the application (which leads to problems).

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January 7

Patch released - Translations, Workshop Rules, Fixes (Build 1.0.432)

Make sure to fully close Wallpaper Engine when updating. If you are having issues, try verifying the files over Steam first.

Hey all,

I've released a small patch that adds a notice about acceptable content for Workshop, full support for 64-bit during auto start and launching from Steam and a huge number of new translations. Thank you everyone who has helped with those!

This notice will be shown when you open the editor, to make it clearer what is accepted on Workshop and what isn't. These rules are pretty much the same for any Workshop on Steam. Workshops have to be suitable for minors, too, so nudity and violence is not allowed, while it is allowed on some games on Steam (which are then rated M or A).

You can now use the 64-bit version of Wallpaper Engine. To switch, close Wallpaper Engine and start it over Steam, while choosing the 64-bit version there. If you configure auto start with this version running, it will then also use the 64-bit version during auto start.

A bunch of new Workshop tags have been added, including "CGI, Cyberpunk, Landscape, Medieval, MMD, Pixel art, Relaxing, Retro". It is now also required to specify at least one tag when uploading your submission. I think most cases should be covered, but if you think there are some urgent tags missing, make sure to let me know. The tags in the editor also have translations now, next to the original English version shown on Workshop.

Full changelog:

  • Added support for 64 bit auto start and Steam launcher.
  • Added localization for Swedish.
  • Added localization for Traditional Chinese.
  • Added localization for Spanish.
  • Added localization for Lithuanian.
  • Added localization for Japanese.
  • Added localization for Thai.
  • Added localization for Czech.
  • Added localization for French.
  • Added localization for Korean.
  • Added localization for Finnish.
  • Added a warning if run on a system that falls below the minimum OS requirements.
  • Added a modal to the editor that informs about the Workshop rules.
  • Added a quick link for the editor to the browse window.
  • Localized the tags in the editor.
  • Added new tags: CGI, Cyberpunk, Landscape, Medieval, MMD, Pixel art, Relaxing, Retro.

  • Changed the publish process to require at least one genre tag being set.
  • Changed the tag auto-complete box to show all suggestions when clicking.

  • Fixed web wallpaper mouse position being incorrect with varying DPI settings.
  • Fixed image deselection in wallpaper properties.
  • Potentially fixed the "startup error code 3" issue. Now Wallpaper Engine will continue loading in this case and not quit.
  • Attempted to fix a crash that occured if an external application closed the wallpaper windows (for videos).
  • Attempted to fix a crash in the editor that occured if it was used without Steam running.


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About This Software

Wallpaper Engine enables you to use live wallpapers on your Windows desktop. Various types of wallpaper are supported, including 3D and 2D animations, websites, videos and even certain applications. Choose an existing wallpaper or create your own and share it on Steam Workshop!

  • Bring your desktop alive with realtime graphics, videos, applications or websites.
  • Personalize your wallpapers with your favorite colors.
  • Use interactive wallpapers that can be controlled with your mouse.
  • Support for many aspect ratios and native resolutions including 16:9, 21:9, 16:10, 4:3.
  • Support for multi monitor environments.
  • Wallpapers will pause while playing games.
  • Create your own wallpapers with the Wallpaper Editor.
  • Use the Steam Workshop to share your wallpapers.
  • Wallpaper Engine can be used in parallel to any other Steam game or application.
  • Supported video formats: mp4, WebM (Workshop); mp4, WebM, avi, m4v, mov, wmv (local files).

Wallpaper Engine aims to deliver an entertaining experience while using as few system resources as possible. To not distract or hinder you while playing a game or working, you can choose to automatically pause or completely stop the wallpaper while using another application or playing fullscreen (including borderless windowed mode). Various options to tweak quality and performance exist to make Wallpaper Engine suit your needs. As a general rule of thumb, 3D, 2D and video based wallpapers will perform best, while websites and applications will require more resources from your system. Having a dedicated GPU is highly recommended, but not required.

The Steam Workshop integration will allow you to share your own wallpapers with the Steam community. Using the Wallpaper Editor, you can create 3D and 2D wallpapers by importing pictures or 3D models and textures. Video, web and application wallpapers are created by simply importing your files into the editor and pushing them to Workshop as a wallpaper. All wallpapers on Workshop are ready-to-use and can either be distributed for free or a price of your choice.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 (with Aero), 8.1, 10
    • Processor: 1.66 GHz Intel i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: HD Graphics 4000 or above
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows N versions require the 'Media Feature Pack' from Microsoft. Aero must be enabled on Windows 7. High contrast mode is not supported. Max video res. Windows 8, 10: 4K, Windows 7: 1080p
    • OS: Windows 8.1, 10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, AMD HD7870, 2 GB VRAM or above
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1024 MB available space
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