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Patch Released - Winter skin, Command Line Controls, Video LEDs (Build 1.1.301)

Posted by: Biohazard on steam_community_announcements December 13, 2019

Hey all,

this patch adds a new Winter skin, a command line control system, a lot of minor quality of life improvements and better support for your LED peripherals.

Winter Skin

The new winter skin is applied automatically during December if the seasonal theming option is enabled. The program will now also tell you about this and allow you to disable it right away if you don't like the skin.


Command Line Controls

Wallpaper Engine can now be controlled from the command line. This means that you can control or automate wallpaper changes, playback, playlists or even wallpaper properties from other applications or for streaming multiple wallpapers from different pop-out windows.

The full reference to the command line arguments can be found here:

For example, you could create buttons in Rainmeter to control the wallpaper or hotkey macros or you could pop-out several wallpapers for streaming on Twitch.

Video LED Support

Video wallpapers can now drive your iCUE devices as well and they will do so by default. If you don't like this, you can disable this in the wallpaper settings or even for specific wallpaper types in the new plugin options.

We will also release support for LED peripherals for Razer Chroma devices in January 2020, stay tuned! We already invite you to test the RGB features for Razer Chroma peripherals by enabling the Chroma SDK integration in the plugin options of the Wallpaper Engine settings. Should you have any questions about this or encounter an issue with this, don't hesitate to reach out to us through the Steam Discussions or via email, we would really appreciate feedback on this upcoming feature!

Quality of Life Improvements

A checkbox to disable the automatic monitor selection dialog if you have multiple wallpapers/monitors active:


Playlists can now be configured to always show the first wallpaper when they are started:


The Discover tab now has a search button which brings you to the Workshop tab, where you can search the Workshop:


A warning dialog will be shown if Wallpaper Engine things that your Steam has an issue and is re-downloading a lot of wallpapers:



Wallpaper Engine among lots of other programs (Discord, Nvidia Control Center, Skype, Windows Explorer) is being terminated by BattlEye if you have Nvidia Low-Latency Mode enabled globally. This is not a bug in Wallpaper Engine, it's a long standing bug in BattlEye. As a workaround, don't enable it globally but directly for your game (like Rainbow Six: Siege or PUBG).

Full changelog


  • Added command line control system.
  • Added winter skin.
  • Added checkbox to disable automatic display of monitor selection.
  • Added seasonal info dialog.
  • Added steam redownload warning dialog.
  • Added fake search button to explore.
  • Added hidden Nvidia property to disable image sharpening in WE.
  • Added video support to directory file import.
  • Added option to always start a playlist with the first wallpaper.
  • Added led extensions for videos through software frame grabbing.


  • Made multiple play in window possible.
  • Removed playlist contents when there are more than 1000 wallpapers in a playlist to improve UI performance.
  • Delayed second iCUE reload 60 seconds after login.
  • Renamed cue plugin to led.
  • Updated CUE SDK.
  • Randomized collections in explore.
  • Changed tag exclusions to enable everything when everything gets deselected.
  • Limited search text to 40 characters for better Steam performance.


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Wallpaper Engine

Use stunning live wallpapers on your desktop. Animate your own images to create new wallpapers or import videos/websites and share them on the Steam Workshop!

Developer: Wallpaper Engine Team

Publisher: Wallpaper Engine Team