Rainmeter System Monitor software is a free and open-source desktop customization tool for Windows that allows you to modify the look and feel of your Windows desktop. Using Rainmeter you can modify the desktop so that it uses various themes, skins, and can add applets that float freely on the desktop. Rainmeter lets you display customizable skins on your desktop, from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio visualizers. It is a platform that enables skins to run on the desktop. It is released under the GNU GPL v2 license.
Some of the applets available with Rainmeter allow you to monitor the resources of your system, such as memory or battery power, and online data feeds to your email, RSS feeds, and weather forecasts. Using Rainmeter applets you are able to start using the Windows desktop as an application rather than just a place to store files or launch applications.
You may enhance your Windows computer desktop customization at home or work with skins handy, compact applets that float freely on your desktop. Rainmeter skins provide you with useful information at a glance. This application is easy to keep an eye on your system resources, like memory and battery power, or your online data streams, including email, RSS feeds, and weather forecasts.
Many skins are even functional: they can record your notes and to-do lists, launch your favorite applications, and control your media player – all in a clean, unobtrusive interface that you can rearrange and customization of desktop to your liking. Rainmeter is at once an application and a toolkit. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.
Many skins are even functional: they can record your notes and to-do lists, launch your favorite applications, control your media player – all in a clean, unobtrusive interface that you can rearrange and customize to your liking. There are thousands and thousands of skins available, crafted by a large and ever-growing community of Rainmeter users.
This application-based on a community. People in our forums are always happy to help you get started or answer questions. Over the last few years, a thriving community has built up around Rainmeter, as average users freely contribute their own original skins, their generous knowledge and support, and their inspirational ideas to a project whose scope and capabilities are constantly expanding.
This application is designed for YOUR system. Rainmeter System Monitor uses very little CPU and RAM resources have a tiny space footprint and will run perfectly well on any hardware using Windows XP through Windows 8. The most common functionalities of Rainmeter skins include desktop clocks, RSS readers, system monitors, weather widgets, application launchers, and audio players.
Rainmeter System Monitor Features
Rainmeter for Windows 10 uses very little hardware resources and will run perfectly well on any PC using Microsoft Windows 7 through Windows 10.
Create and modify your own skins in a simple language that’s easy to learn. Rainmeter System Monitor is not just an application, it is also a robust toolkit.
Over the last few years, a thriving community has built up around Rainmeter System Monitor is creating beautiful skins and helping each other.
Rainmeter System Monitor Benefits
Unique and attractive display of system information
The app that displays several panels on your desktop presenting a wide range of information about the host PC, such as the CPU, RAM, and Swap usage, as well as the free space on each connected drive. This way, one can obtain a detailed overview of the computer within the same place, without needing to explore various menus and system windows.
Rainmeter System Monitor is not just an application, it is a robust toolkit. Create and modify your own skins in a simple language that’s easy to learn, with the help of our extensive documentation, getting started guide and skin tutorials. Rainmeter customization allows you to create, display and generate customizable desktop widgets or applets called “rainmeter skins” that display information on your desktop from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio visualizers.
It has ready to use collections of skins that can be downloaded and installed in packages known as “suites”. Skins call upon measures, a set of powerful built-in modules that do all the heavy lifting and create interactive meters to display that information however you decide. In this way, this application brings productive innovation together with creative artistry like no other platform of its kind.
Monitor usage levels and take action to boost performance
Needless to say, when the monitored values are too high, users need to start closing some of their running applications and reduce the strain on their PC. Similarly, if they are running out of space on any partition, it is time to begin removing obsolete, unnecessary, duplicate or temp files either manually or with a specialized software solution.
Extra multipurpose panels to enhance the desktop
In addition to the aforementioned panels, this application can also place some extra ones onto the desktop gadgets depending on your choice: a feed reader, the current time and date, Google search box and details about the network activity. Thus, everybody can keep track of their preferred news feed or monitor the upload and download rates without installing distinct apps.
Customize all panels and save the desktop configuration
Users get the possibility to select the panels they need and to modify the opacity and position for each of them. Once they obtain the layout that suits their desktop best, they can save it and restore it at a later time, thus getting the chance to keep experimenting with new designs without affecting the initial one.
Download numerous third-party Rainmeter skins
Due to the flexibility of these application third-party developers or enthusiast amateurs can easily use their creativity to produce artistic skins that can match the installed OS theme. In other words, the functionality of the app can still be enjoyed regardless of the skin one settles for, and they can use the app for as long as they choose since it comes with a freeware license.
What is a Rainmeter “skin”?
Skin can be many things. Some skins are very simple, single-purpose tools, like Windows desktop gadgets, or “widgets” on an Android device. Others are more complex, like miniature applications themselves. Some skins even come bundled in large “suites” and include their own tools for customizing their form and appearance, within or alongside Rainmeter’s basic user interface. Every skin works differently, depending on the choices of that skin’s individual author.
However, all skins are made from the same building blocks: measures, which gather information from your computer, a website, a text file, or some other source; and meters, which create visual elements in the skin’s window, such as frames, borders, backgrounds, images, text, charts, or buttons.
Skins can interact with other skins and applications using special commands, called bangs, and they can be customized by changing short lines of text, called variables. All of these things are made possible by Rainmeter’s unique code language, which allows the skin to access functions and resources built into the Rainmeter application. Every skin’s code is completely open and can be tweaked, modified or even completely rewritten using any text editing software.
How much technical skill do I need to use Rainmeter?
If you only want to download skins from the Internet and use them as-is, then the answer is “none.” Rainmeter provides a basic user interface for managing your library of skins, saving and restoring layouts, and changing basic settings such as a skin’s location, transparency, and “always on top” behavior.
Some skin authors create their own controls for users to customize their skins. These controls may be included as a separate utility, or they may be created entirely within Rainmeter as another skin. If this is the case, then you will not need to know any code to customize these skins.
In other cases, you may need to change some variables in the skin code. This may be scary if you are not a programmer, but usually, these “variables” are clearly marked labeled, located near the beginning of the file so that you don’t have to do any searching, and are accompanied by helpful instructions and comments.
What isn’t Rainmeter?
Rainmeter is just one of many different tools that you can use to customize your Windows PC. It includes a powerful and flexible set of features, and we are continually surprised by the creative ways that those features are used. However, it is important to understand what Rainmeter does not do:
- Rainmeter does not change your Windows visual style. It cannot change the appearance of your taskbar, Start button, desktop icons, file explorer, or other built-in Windows components.
- Rainmeter is also not a window manager. It does not keep track of your open windows; it cannot maximize or minimize other application windows, and it does not enable “workspaces” or manage multi-monitor setups.
- Rainmeter does not replace other applications that it interacts with. For example, an “iTunes” skin may let you pause, play or skip to the next track in your iTunes media player. But iTunes must still be running in the background for the skin to work.
In short, you cannot usually download and apply someone else’s amazing desktop transformation in one click. Most customizers are courteous enough to provide links to the myriad programs, plugins, icons, wallpapers and other materials that they have used.
Pros and Cons
|Pre-installed with stylish Enigma skin||Still room for simplification|
|Usability greatly improved|
|Adds great widgets to your desktop|
|Title||Rainmeter System Monitor 126.96.36.19938 (beta) for Windows|
|File Size||2.37 MB|
|Requirements||Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10|
|Date added||November 19, 2019|
|Author||Rainmeter Team https://www.rainmeter.net/|
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