Make any website your desktop wallpaper.
This enables you to have a highly dynamic desktop wallpaper. You could display your favorite news site, Facebook feed, or a random beautiful scenery photo. The use-cases are limitless. You could even set an animated GIF as wallpaper. You can even add multiple websites and easily switch between them.
- Show a remote or local website
- Interact with the website (“Browsing Mode”)
- Automatically reload the website at a custom interval
- Add multiple websites
- Show the website on a different display
- Invert website colors (fake dark mode)
- Lower the opacity
- Transparent background
If the website doesn't have a background color, your system wallpaper will show through.
- Automatically deactivate while on battery
- Audio is muted
- Single image will be aspect-filled to your screen
- Hide menu bar icon
- Shortcuts support
- Scriptable (see the Plash website)
- Share extension
Note: Support for multiple displays is currently limited to the ability to choose which display to show the website on. Support for setting a separate website for each display is planned.
■ Example use-cases
- Show a random puppy image
Example URL: https://source.unsplash.com/random/2880x1756?puppy
See the “Tips” on how to get exact screen size.
- Bing Photo of the Day
Read more: https://github.com/sindresorhus/plash-bing-photo-of-the-day
- Random street view image
- Personal stats
- Random color
‣ Browsing mode
You can interact with the website by enabling “Browsing Mode”. When in this mode, you can right-click to be able to go back/forward, reload, and zoom in the page contents (the zoom level is saved). You can also pinch to magnify. This is different from zooming the page contents in that it will zoom in to a specific part of the page instead of just enlarging everything.
Plash injects a CSS class named “plash-is-browsing-mode” on the “html” element while browsing mode is active. You could use this class to customize the website for browsing mode.
If clicking a link opens it in a new window, you can hold the Option key while clicking the link to open it in the main Plash window.
‣ Zoom in website
To zoom in the website, activate “Browsing Mode”, right-click the website, and then select “Zoom In”.
‣ URL placeholders for screen width and height
Use `[[screenWidth]]` and `[[screenHeight]]` in any URL and Plash will substitute the right values for you. For example, `https://source.unsplash.com/random/[[screenWidth]]x[[screenHeight]]?puppy`.
If you have some cool use-case you want to share or some other feedback, please do send me an email through the “Send Feedback” button in the app.
‣ How can I switch to a specific website with a keyboard shortcut?
Make a shortcut in the Shortcuts app that uses the “Set Current Website” action and then set a keyboard shortcut for the shortcut.
Click the “Send Feedback…” menu item in the app.
- Bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
I have been looking for this for years.
There is one thing I would change/add to this. It's otherwise exactly what I have been looking for. I tend to run multiple desktops on my Mac at once, with designated spaces for different projects. I would love to be able to use this on multiple desktops with different URLs as the background for each. This would definitely take some doing, but in the meantime, I would totally settle for a super accessible "Favorites" list. Currently, I'm running an Applescript to switch between URLs on my pyrimary desktop, and I'd love for this skill to be integrated into Plash.
This is a really fantastic app. Good job, developers!
Developer Response ,
A favorites list is something I plan to work on next. Support for multiple desktops will come eventually, but not anytime soon.
It's a great app - some suggestions to the dev
Great app for the purpose it accomplishes. Other than that this app is great. Because Catalina broke many other apps that allowed moving backgrounds, this app serves a particular niche that others can no longer do.
I have a few suggestions to the dev, if he reads this, that I would recommend adding:
1) Ability to center and/or move the background around. Some of the gifs I use are too high up near the top of the menu bar, and not centered.
2) Ability to change output resolution of gifs from URLs.
3) Ability to use local directory gifs rather than requiring internet. When I try to use a local gif, it won't allow me the option to add it. I can only use a website direct address.
4) Ability to rotate through gifs on a time based schedule (i.e. every hour, 4 hours, day, whatever).
Increased my efficiency
I love this app. I find it difficult to resist the urge to check my company's web-based chat system...FOMO. I used Plash to set the chat window url as my desktop, and I have it set to refresh once every two hours. Now, I see messages at regular intervals, can focus on my actual work in between, and can resist the urge to constantly check...knowing that I'll see any new messages every two hours, right there on my desktop. Thank you for this great app!
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- Sindre Sorhus
- 2.5 MB
- Requires macOS 11.5 or later.
- Age Rating
- 17+ Unrestricted Web Access
- © Sindre Sorhus
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