Rainmeter Updated

billon on 8 Jul 2018
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 8 Jul 2018
  • Suggested by Fluffy Bot

Rainmeter is a customizable desktop widget program with the ability to display tools such as memory usage, battery power, RSS feeds and weather forecasts. The program includes many functional skins, able to record your notes and to-do lists, launch your favorite applications and control your media player all in a clean, unobtrusive interface.

Installer includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

XP/Vista users: download 3.3.3 Release version of Rainmeter.

System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GNU GPLv2.0
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and launch
  2. Select 'portable install' during installation
  3. Launch Rainmeter.exe
What's new? See:

23 comments on Rainmeter  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Edgar Hoffmann 2009-08-10 10:18

Nice App, but the "portable mode" as described does not work for me. I copied all content (from $_OUTDIR, $APPDATA and $PLUGINSDIR without the mentioned vcredist_X86.exe) into one single folder, created the .ini-file and have all the dependencies, but get an error saying the program can not be startet, because the application's configuration is not valid (reinstall it).

Has someone got this to work yet?

Mike 2009-08-12 13:09

I don't like this app. It runs too slow and is nothing but eye candy. Surely there are smaller, faster programs out there that have the same functionality as Rainmeter.

Viper Technologies 2009-08-17 01:22


If you are so sure then go out find it and post it. I get really tired of comments like yours. Others have gone out of their way to find this. If you can do better then do so. Dont forget it must be FREE and must be portable. Otherwise keep comments like that to yourself

LOL 2009-08-20 11:43

my thoughts exactly.

Mike 2009-08-20 18:18

Point taken. Didn't mean to sound so harsh but this app does run a little slow.

Michael 2009-10-07 21:33

Back to Edgar's initial comment...
Has it been working for something else?
@Edgar, did you finally manage to have it working?

Rick 2009-11-14 02:44

The program is now available in a non-install zip file. As is, it will create directories in the user app directory, but if you create a rainmeter.ini (or rename default.ini to rainmeter.ini) in the Rainmeter folder it is completely portable.

Ikke 2009-12-18 01:03

@Edgar and all that are interested in this:
Yes, it works in portable mode. Do what Rick says and you're fine. I've found only one problem which I can't solve at the moment: configuring the launch button at the bottom, doesn't seem to support relative paths.

Magibon 2011-06-11 01:13

wow ..!
i have been using this as a Portable Version since running into this:

i never took the time to test if it was stealth..
Thanks TPFC !

@ Mike
i actually have the opposite view..
i switched from Windows Sidebar because i felt Rainmeter was lighter and faster. My Desktop loads much faster.

@ Rick
where can i get the zip file you're talking about?


mjbdiver 2011-06-27 03:03

I'm the Mike who had posted a few years ago that I didn't like this app. I don't remember what I saw that led me to conclude that this app runs too slow, but it doesn't matter now. I decided to give Rainmeter another try and was impressed. I'm going to play around with it to realize its potential but I can tell you now that this one's a keeper. I wish I hadn't posted so harshly about it earlier.


Magibon 2011-06-27 16:13

@ mjbdiver

it was probably different back then.
it's been a few years since your original posting :)

i remember seeing this back then but didn't give it a second thought because i also didn't see the purpose.

but after running into that deviantART post, i decided to give it a try.
im glad i did, because it's much more customizable, lighter, and easier on the eyes than Windows Sidebar Gadget.

what i do is install Rainmeter as a Portable onto "D" drive.
install Visual C++.
then create a shortcut of Rainmeter, and drop into "Startup" folder.
what helps speed up my Desktop is by disabling sidebar in Task Scheduler, and in Spybot S&D's startup manager.


Magibon 2011-10-01 20:29

64-Bit users require a few more dependency files.. here's what i needed to make this work portably:


I tried bypassing Microsoft Visual C++ and finally figured out how why it was not working.

I needed the x64Bit "MSVCR100.dll"..
The version posted here is for x32Bit.

if anyone out there is wondering why it's not working.. here's the x64Bit.. put in same folder as Rainmter:

Don't forget the other files.. if you need all the dependency files:


mrpink 2012-01-12 20:52

Ι have 32 bit(XP) and i also need MSVCP100.dll and MSVCR100.dll


MnX 2012-07-02 05:38

Another swing and a miss! I tried the previous version, and now this updated version, and the MSVCP100.dll problem still exists. It won't run as a portable. I tried the fixes from the Rainmeter website and from older posts above...still no luck on XP, 7, and 8RP. (For the fun of it, I did a full install of Rainmeter on 8RP and it runs great.)


erico 2012-11-28 13:15

The solution for missing DLL´s on XP (dunno other versions) is install the non portable version , uninstall it then install the portable option. Worked like a charm.


Magibon 2013-01-29 08:35


Rainmeter v2.5 now requires MSVCP110 series of DLLs :(

The last version that does not require the 110 series:

You can then use the DLLs provided here, or the MediaFire links.


dilentec 2013-02-13 03:29

Thanks a lot @Magibon. The provided dependencies worked on Win7x64/Feb2013. As a note, I had to reinstall in portable mode and move skins and rainmeter.ini to the new instalation folder in order to make it work; copying dependencies to my original portable installation keept it failing. Thanks again.


Magibon 2013-04-13 14:06

FYI: updated link.. previously linked to v2.4.

@ All
All i needed additionally are:
1. msvcp110.dll
2. msvcr110.dll

im not sure if it's just my system.. but i recommend starting with those 2 and if more DLLs are required.. Rainmeter will alert you.

Updated post w/ new dependencies from my computer to ensure cleanliness.

2.5 Final (r1842)

DarkShadow 2013-10-13 18:14

New vesion: 3.0 final release (r2116)

2.5 Final (r1842)

Checker 2013-10-14 08:21

@ DarkShadow: Thanks ... and updated.

3.0 Final (r2116)

Magibon 2013-10-18 19:15

thanks for updating guys..
- after updating to 3.0.. the Weather stopped working for "Essential Bar".
- here's a fix: http://paste2.org/F57VBHFn

an updated version has also been updated on DeviantArt.

3.0 Final (r2116)

Wolfghost 2016-03-19 19:53

3.3.1 Final Release (r2602) is out!

3.3 (r2519)

smaragdus 2017-01-02 21:27

I am not on a Windows XP system yet I hate when developers drop support for Windows XP. As far as I know the last version of Rainmeter which supports Windows XP is

4.0 (r2746)

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