Backdrop 4+

Apps From Outer Space, LLC

    • 4.9 • 26 Ratings
    • Free



Backdrop is a simple utility to fill your screen with a giant blank window. Fill the window with a solid color or a custom image, your choice. ALSO, includes a Fullscreen Color Cycle mode to see various colors filling your displays.

Backdrop received a 4 Mouse Rating by Macworld

Backdrop is useful for:
* Screenshots - take screenshots of one or many windows without having to clean up your desktop
* One thing at a time - Use Backdrop in between applications to let you focus on a few windows at a time. Want just one window of an app? Switch to Backdrop, then use Expose to pick out the window.
* Web design - create a full size image with outlines of more common screen sizes to help to check how your pages will look on different monitors
* Fullscreen Color Cycle - run the Cycle to see red, green, blue, white, and black from corner-to-corner on your displays.

* Supports multiple displays
* Set a color or a custom image
* Fullscreen Color Cycle mode
* Remains in the background during Exposé
* Works well with Spaces

What’s New

Version 3.1

• Settings for Choosing only "this" Space and making the backdrop somewhat see-thru are back.
• Additional picture options to fit or fill the screen without distorting/stretching the image

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Ekwoman ,

Hello Old Friend!

I upgraded a while back on my 2018 MBP to Catalina and have been sad that I lost Backdrop. For whatever reason I thought it was just a casualty of the upgrade. Finally upgraded to Big Sur today and decided to go on a hunt. And here is my old friend. It's simple, but when I just want a bare bones color or image back behind, so I don't get distracted by the mess I call a desktop, I am happy for Backdrop. I've been using it for over a dozen years (seems like a hundred). Sometimes the simple apps are the ones I appreciate the most.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your kind words. You made my day!

The Mighty Jinn ,

Great, But a couple a things I must mention….

Great, But a couple a things I must mention, First, there needs to be a least a "simple" little manual for this app, and second, I cannot figure out how to get it to dsplay more than one backdrop at a time, on any one single screen/space… If anyone knows how to do that, I would like to know, exp. Like being able to display a whole folder a photos at once cause as of now, Backdrop will only let me choose one image at a time for a backdrop. 😕

100 Watt Walrus ,

So helpful it should be built in to macOS

What this app does should be a built-in feature of macOS, but since it’s not, I'm grateful for this helpful app. It does exactly what the name of the app says: Gives you a clean “Desktop” or background image view against which you can open other apps/windows without the clutter. I use it at least a couple times a week for screenshots or screensharing.

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