Browse Rainmeter Themes With Rainmeter Skin Gallery For Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 4, 2012
Updated • Apr 9, 2012
Software, Windows

Rainmeter is a popular desktop customization tool for all recent versions of the Windows operating system. Rainmeter ships as a single executable with options to install a full or portable version on the system. This is unlike full conversion themes that require you to make changes to core system files before they can be installed. The default Rainmeter installation adds several widgets, like date and time, system resource usage or network information to the desktop which you can move freely around.

The welcome message links to recommended resources, including suggested skins that you can install on your system.  A better destination for skins is the Rainmeter Skin website which offers plenty of them as downloads.

Each skin is displayed with a preview screenshot, name and author on the main screen. A click opens the skin's profile page on the site with additional information and download options.

Rainmeter Skin Gallery

And exactly that functionality has now been moved into a desktop app for Windows. When you start the portable app on your system, you will notice that it looks and behaves identical to the web version, with the difference that the browser interface has been removed.

rainmeter skin gallery

Skins that you select can automatically be launched by Rainmeter to trigger the installation on the system. Rainmeter skins are automatically installed this way, but not activated automatically. A right-click on the program's system tray icon and the selection of manage displays the configuration screen where you can load individual modules or switch between themes.

Skins in this regard are collections of individual modules that you can activate on your desktop, while themes usually consist of multiple modules that you can activate with a single-click. You can also save your own with mixed modules from various skins.

Closing Words

Rainmeter Skin Gallery brings skin browsing to the desktop. It does not really have any advantages over the website, which is without doubt the program's biggest issue right now. Options to select multiple themes for installation or management of installed themes could set it apart from the web service.


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  1. dragonmage said on April 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    The Rainmeter Skin website and program are not endorsed by the Rainmeter Team. The Rainmeter Group’s gallery on deviantart is the only place on the net where we have reviewed skins and checked for viruses. The main deviantart gallery has had a history of malware infected Rainmeter skins and we would not recommend automatic installs of skins from any sources that don’t check for viruses before allowing you to download skins. Wincustomize is also a moderated gallery so skins from there should be safe, however they do have a download limit for non passing customers.
    This is just an FYI for your readers.

  2. Jonathan said on April 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I do not see a link to the program that you are featuring. The links simply take me to the rainmeter skin website.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Use the download link at the top right there.

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