Animated photo slideshow screensaver: Random Photo Screensaver™ 4

With more and more digital cameras and smart phones there are an ever increasing number of photos stuck on computers without ever being seen.'s Random Photo Screensaver is here to help: dust off those pictures and put them on your screen!

Download Random Photo Screensaver 4.5.11 (6.7MB)

Preview transition effects

Preview options in interactive config


New in version 4

RPS version 4 is completely rewritten from the ground up making it future proof.

Benefits over default Windows / Google Photo Screensaver

  • Show images/raw images/play videos: Images formats: .bmp .gif (including animated gifs) .png .jpeg .jpg .wmp .svg; Video formats: .avi .wmv .mov .mp4 .mpeg .mpg; Option to play section of video or full videos. See formats page on how to install additional video formats and all supported RAW formats through UFraw.
  • Select multiple source folders: Easily select multiple folders.
  • Filter/select media: Make a (temporary) selection of images using filters based on filename, folder, date or even metadata.
  • Random or sequential ordering: Even though it's called Random Photo Screensaver there is also an option to display your images sequentially in the order they appear on your computer. The screensaver remembers the last images shown and continues where it left off the next time it starts.
  • Sort files on: Multiple file sort options; Path and filename, File creation date and time, File change date and time or Sort by filesize.
  • Include media details: The name of the photograph and/or metadata (EXIF/IPTC/XMP/DNG) can be displayed in the corner of the screen as can metadata.
  • Include clock: View a clock with the current time or screensaver running time to tell how long you've been away from your computer. The clock can also be disabled.
  • Set wallpapers: In addition to changing your computers wallpaper daily or after each screen saver run it is now possibly to set your wallpaper from the current picture shown in the screensaver (W key).
  • Open source screensaver (GPL): Full screensaver source code is available on GitHub.
  • Karmaware: payment is not required but greatly motivates me to develop RPS further; you decide how much you pay!

RPS features

  • Transition effects: 10+ different animated transition effects, making the screen saver more entertaining to look at.
  • Dual screen / multiple monitor support: Multi monitor support is provided making full use of all dual monitor, triple monitor and larger setups. See the multiple monitors screensaver page for more information.
  • Quicker start-up and better performance: Even with a large number (30,000+) of images, the Random Photo Screensaver still shows the first image within seconds.
  • Plug-n-play installation: The screen saver is easy to install and the default settings make it ready for a slideshow of your own photographs straight after installation. In the off change you don't like it, it comes with a full uninstaller too.
  • Future proof: All major releases are tested and confirmed to work on Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1 & Windows 10.
  • Runs on 32 bit & 64 bit systems: Single installer for both 32bit and 64 bit versions of Windows.
  • Navigate through photos: Missed a photo? Simply navigate back and forwards through images, pause and resume the slideshow when you are ready. Up/down keys allow you to see sequential images even when set to random.
  • Loads of handy shortcuts: Locate current image in Windows Explorer, rotate image, delete image, see shortcuts for full list.
  • Hidden photos: It doesn't show any photographs from folders or images which are hidden using the system attribute. Of course you can disable this feature if you prefer.
  • Exclude subfolders: You can exclude any subfolders such as thumbnail folders.
  • Fit to full screen: Default all photos are displayed full screen. This can be disabled this for small photos.
  • Full control / completely configurable: Customize most of the settings exactly to your liking.

I should warn you using this screensaver you run the risk of staring at your screen waiting for the screen saver to kick in!

To do

My current to do list for RPS can be found on GitHub. If you like to see a feature please comment on GitHub, the more people that request a feature the more likely I'm to implement it. If you don't want to create a GitHub account, feel free to get in touch directly. It is also possible to pay for the development of a feature if you require it urgently and/or for a commercial project.


The random photo screensaver is open source donationware. Although legally not required you are encouraged to make a donation if you continue using RPS after 30 days.


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You made it this far, so why don't you download Random Photo Screensaver 4.5.11 (6.7MB)?