How To Get Live Wallpapers On Mac

Despite the Mac’s sleek design and high performance, many users may find the static wallpapers a bit boring over time. If you are one of these users, you’ll be pleased to know that you can indeed set live wallpapers on your Mac to spruce up your desktop experience. This blog post will guide you through the process of getting live wallpapers on your Mac.

Step 1: Download a live wallpaper app

The first step to getting live wallpapers on your Mac is to download a reliable live wallpaper application. One such application is Wallpaper Engine. It boasts a vast library of animated wallpapers and it’s incredibly user-friendly. You can purchase and download it from the App Store.

Step 2: Choosing your live wallpaper

Once you’ve installed a live wallpaper app like Wallpaper Engine, you can browse through its vast collection to find a live wallpaper that suits your taste. You can even filter through categories to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Step 3: Setting your live wallpaper

After choosing the perfect wallpaper, it’s time to set it as your desktop background. In Wallpaper Engine, this is done by simply clicking on the wallpaper and selecting “Set as wallpaper”. Your desktop will instantly come to life with your chosen wallpaper.

Setting a Live Wallpaper Using Terminal

For those who prefer using the terminal, there’s also the option to set live wallpapers using WebKit. This method, however, requires some knowledge of coding.

To begin, you’ll need to write a short script and save it. Below is an example of how this script should look:

  #!/usr/bin/env bash
  /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ -background &

Once you have your script ready, you can set it to run at startup by adding it to your login items. To do this, navigate to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items. Here, you can add your script to the list of items that run when you log in.


Whether you’re a fan of stunning landscapes, mesmerizing geometric patterns, or calming aquatic scenes, live wallpapers can significantly enhance your Mac desktop experience. With the help of live wallpaper applications or a bit of code magic through the Terminal, you can easily set a live wallpaper and bring your Mac desktop to life.