AeroRainbow

AeroRainbow is the software that can change the color of Aero windows depending on your desktop background's color, or by a predefined list of colors. It can also randomize the colors. Initially, it was designed for Windows 7 to add a more personalized touch to your desktop. Since version 2.7 you can use AeroRainbow in Windows 8. Starting with version 4.0, AeroRainbow supports Windows 10.

AeroRainbow 4.1 is available. Please upgrade your app.Change log:

  • v4.1:
    • The application can change the taskbar color in Windows 10, as you guys requested.
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  • v4.0:
    • The application now supports Windows 10, including all recent builds (Creators Update, Fall Creators Update, etc)
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  • v3.0:
    • Fixed a memory leak.
    • More accurate colors calculation under in Windows 7.
    • Many minor improvements and fixes.


  • v2.9:
    • Fixed a bug: AeroRainbow doesn't set the wallpaper color on start.
    • Fixed a bug: AeroRainbow doesn't set the wallpaper color after you open the configuration window.
    • Improved color intensity again. Now looks much better in Windows 7 and Windows 8.x.


  • v2.8:
    • Fixed a bug: AeroRainbow blocked the alpha channel of a color. This caused issues with BigMuscle's Aero implementation.
    • Added ability to set the color intensity via settings.
    • Fixed few minor bugs.


  • v2.7:
    • Fixed a bug: AeroRainbow locks your wallpaper and you were unable to change it.
    • "Native" version for Windows 8
    • Installer was removed - now it is true portable software.
    • Rebranding. Now AeroRainbow is the official part of Winaero.
    • New version notifications aka "check for update".


  • v2.6:
    • bug fixed in the color calculation in the "window as color source" mode.
    • bug fixed: possible freeze when switched from the "random color" mode to "wallpaper as color source".
    • now it is possible to use the active window icon as a color source for Aero.
    • two methods of the color calculation now are available: Dominant color and Average color.


  • v2.5: the ability to use your wallpaper or an active window's color as the color for Aero.
  • v2.0: the tray icon option was added as well as colors list additionally to random colors. Notification window is also available.


When the tray icon is disabled, then AeroRainbow will be invisible, e.g. no UI will be shown when it running. In that case, the user can manage the app using its command line arguments.

If tray icon is visible, it has a handy context menu.


Left click on the tray icon to show the current and next colors.

The "Next" color is clickable and will be changed according to rules of the color change (see description below).

There are several options available in the configuration window.


These options are as follows:

  • Rules for colors.
    Always random color tells AeroRainbow to generate and use a random color for Aero Glass.

    Use the colors list option allows you to add your favorite colors to the list. AeroRainbow will use them for Aero Glass.

    Speed - adjusts the speed of color change in "Always random color" and "Use the colors list" modes. Left value means the fastest mode.

    Use wallpaper as color source mode tells AeroRainbow to use wallpaper as the color source for Aero Glass. Windows will be colored close to the color of the wallpaper.

    Use active window as color source - windows will be colored close to the color of the current active window.

    Use only icon color checkbox - use the active window's icon as the color source for Aero instead of the window itself.

    Color calculation mode - define which color of the wallpaper, active window or active window icon has to be used as the Aero color. It can be the Dominant color in the color source or the average color.

  • Use tray icon - self explained.

  • Check for updates - self explained.


AeroRainbow is a portable application and doesn't require installation.

Something you need to know about AeroRainbow


Installation
You have to place AeroRainbow to a writable location. It will create and use AeroRainbow.ini file to store your preferences.
No registry or other files will be used. Since version 2.7 I have removed the installer.

Binaries
Since version 2.7 there are two executable files. The first one acts as a Windows 7's "native" application (no additions required, e.g. .NET Framework).
The second one works as a "native" software in Windows 10 and Windows 8.x, for same reason. They have same codebase, just compiled with different versions of .NET.

Command line and tricks
There are two command line switches available:
aerorainbow /close - closes the currently running instance of Aerorainbow. Useful when you have disabled the tray icon in preferences.
aerorainbow /config - opens the settings window. Also useful without the tray icon.

Additionally, you can force Aerorainbow to use the Russian language for its UI.
Add the following lines to your AeroRainbow.ini file:
[locale]
Russian=1


If your prefer to use English, then add
[locale]
Russian=0


AeroRainbow and Windows 8/Windows 10
Although modern Windows versions like Windows 10 and Windows 8 have the built-in feature to colorize the window frame automatically, with AeroRainbow you can get even more! You can control how colors are changing in an advanced way and use the color of the active window as your Aero color source, use its main/average color or define your own color list.


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Comments

  1. UnclWish
    10 Apr 15

    Any progress?

  2. UnclWish
    16 Apr 15

    What about russian UI? Setting in ini file [locale] Russian=1 doen't work.

  3. meow
    11 Aug 15

    Any update on Windows 10 for this magnificient piece of software ?

  4. Dreed
    12 Aug 15

    Support for Windows 10?

  5. UnclWish
    06 Oct 15

    Sergey, are you read this sometimes? Can we wait at least adapting for Windows 10?

  6. Al
    14 Oct 15

    am i wrong to assume that on windows 10 this aerorainbow can make windows default wallpaper color algorithm to select more intense colors even after aerorainbow is closed? - am i delusional?

  7. meow
    28 Oct 15

    @AI
    Well, I would love to know how you made it work on Windows 10 first of all..

  8. ZekkMC
    01 Nov 15

    This program is amazing!

  9. Ryder
    02 Jan 16

    Windows 10 sure would be nice to have...the program runs but it only changes the very outside line border of Windows, not the actual titlebar colors.

  10. BluePedro
    06 Jan 16

    What is the "Dominant Color" option looking for? It feels like it's looking for the one color that is the greatest outlier compared to the other colors on the hue spectrum because when this wallpaper comes up, it turns my aero green, not red. I know where the green is coming from, but what is the math and why?

    Wallpaper: Pixiv illustration ID = 39297751
    -Find a picture on Pixiv and replace the number at the end of the URL with what's provided.

  11. Vignesh Francis
    09 Jun 16

    Does What It Says , I was Searched Through Net For Automatic Tasbar Colour Changer at last I got it.

  12. Ryder
    01 Jul 16

    I see its been updated to version 3 but no mention if this works on Win10 at all. Anyone try it yet?

  13. Sergey
    01 Jul 16

    It will not work as expected in Windows 10.
    Windows 10 has changed the title bar color APIs.

  14. Ryder
    03 Jul 16

    Ah, that is a shame. This was one of my favorite apps to run on my Win7 and 8. Any idea if you'll be able to get it working with Win10 or not possible anymore?

  15. Sergey
    04 Jul 16

    I think I will be able make it working in Anniversary Update after August, 2nd.

  16. Ryder
    15 Jul 16

    Well that would be really cool if so. I'd gladly use this again.

  17. cm
    18 Aug 16

    Any chance to add a 'secondary color' calculation mode (so if one color is dominant and there's another secondary color that stands out, use this one, not the dominant or the avg)? eg.: the dominant color on the pic on top of this page is blue and the secondary is white, so white would be used.

  18. LunosXV
    23 Aug 16

    Yeah, yeah, yeah wheres the download link! (Shut up and take my money!)

  19. Ryder
    11 Oct 16

    Any update on this Sergey?

  20. Bob Bobson
    10 Jan 17

    Any way this can also change the (solid) color of the desktop background as well? I don’t want a wallpaper, but a single color is boring. It would be nice to have the desktop background change with the rest of Windows now and then.

  21. sfx
    13 Feb 17

    Is anyone reading these comments? I'd like an option to use other color than avg or dominant, so if I have a yellow wallpaper with a blue section, the dominant would be yellow and average some tone of green, but what If I'd like to use the blue section for the aerocolor - is that possible to add?
    thx.

  22. Sergey
    15 Feb 17

    sfx
    Sure, I am always here.
    I will think what I can do.
    BTW, it is a good idea to use the lesser used color

  23. Ryder
    22 May 17

    I am sadly convinced that this project is dead. One of my favorite apps to use on Windows 10 ever and the creator refuses to update it. Windows 10 has been out for almost 2 years and we have no support.

  24. Sergey
    22 May 17

    Ryder, try out version 4.0
    Just released

  25. Ryder
    22 May 17

    Just in time man. This is working great. Got it running and set to run on startup. One more thing to improve the UI of Windows 10 along with Fluent.

  26. Ryder
    26 May 17

    One thing I noticed is that it does not change the color of the Taskbar/Start Menu/Action Center. Is it possible to do that? It just looks a bit inconsistent if you're actually using a color on those 3 items other than black.

  27. Sergey
    26 May 17

    Nice catch. I will fix the issue.

  28. alri
    23 Jun 17

    theres should be option to randomize brightness and intensity so at windows 7 lowest intensity the color do changes

  29. kelvin
    28 Jul 17

    I love this site

  30. reapperrayne
    17 Aug 17

    why does it keeps flickering?? please fix!!!

  31. Ryder
    06 Sep 17

    Can definitely confirm the flickering issue makes the software unusable. Can we please get a fix Sergey?

  32. Pleasefix
    08 Sep 17

    The flickering is very annoying. Ended up getting rid of it because of it.

  33. Viking
    15 Oct 17

    I use AeroRainbow in combination with an app named zVirtualDesktop which allows me to have different wallpapers for each desktop in Windows 10. But regretfully, AeroRainbow does not seem able to adjust accordingly. Is there a way to make AeroRainbow perform regular detection of wallpaper change, i.e. every 0.2 second ?

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