How can I make my desktop wallpaper image an animated GIF?


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You can use Mojave's dynamic wallpaper. macOS doesn't natively support animated GIFs as wallpapers.

However you can use this https://lifehacker.com/set-an-animated-gif-as-your-macs-wallpaper-1756859302 but at the cost of a shorter battery life for a wallpaper that you probably wouldn't see in action because you got windows all over.

Your case is more like needing a really thin phone(GIF) which you are gonna cover with a case(windows) anyways.


You can also use this tool to set animated GIFs on your desktop: Bionix Animated Desktop Wallpaper

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    That is a GREAT and FUN tool but it only works on Windows and Linux.
    – IceCold
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 8:55

From: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7509329

I'm afraid OS X does not provide for animated wallpaper. There are some apps that claim to do this such as DeskFun and BioniX.

  • Does this relate to Mojave or to earlier releases?
    – nohillside
    Commented Nov 15, 2018 at 10:36
  • @nohillside As far as I know this will work for Mojave
    – user310476
    Commented Nov 15, 2018 at 15:14

My best idea is to make the GIF into a bunch of sperate images, put them all in a folder, and then say to change wallpaper every 5 minutes in order. It's not ideal, but it's probably the best way to do this without installing any third-party software.


As yet another free alternative to run GIFs and APNGs as desktop wallpaper I wrote the screensaver AnimatedGif. It is complete Open Source and can be found on GitHub.


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