Use a Website as a Screen Saver on Mac

Jun 5, 2016 - 13 Comments

Use a webpage as a screen saver on Mac

Have you ever wanted to have a web site or web page used as a screen saver on Mac OS X? Well you can do exactly that with the help of a free screensaver called WebViewScreenSaver, which allows Mac users to add URLs to serve as the content of a screen saver whenever it’s activated on the Mac. This is handy for a variety of obvious reasons, and it’s quite easy to setup.

How to Set a Web Site as Screen Saver in Mac OS X

You can use any URL, site, or web page, and you can even reference a remote list of URLs if desired.

  1. Get the WebViewScreenSaver here
  2. Once it has finished downloading, right-click and choose “Open” to bypass Gatekeeper and install the screen saver (or install the screen saver manually)
  3. Open System Preferences and go to “Display & Screen Saver” settings, and under the Screen Saver tab locate and select the newly installed WebViewScreenSaver
  4. Choose “Screen Saver Options” and use “Add URL” button to add a website address to the screen saver, you can change the URL by selecting it from the address list then hitting the Return key, (go ahead and add of course)
  5. Add website to screen saver Mac OS X

  6. Close the screen saver and enjoy your new website screen saver

You can use multiple sites if you want to cycle through them, or just a single web site if you want to view one particular web page in particular.

Once you activate the screen saver, the web page(s) chosen are embedded in webview in the screen saver, surrounded by a black border.

A website used as a screensaver on Mac OS X

The screensaver works with any website but it’s perhaps most appropriate for the type of sites you visit often, whether thats the magnificent, a news site, hobbiest forum, some fancy HTML5 animation, or something you create exclusively for the purpose of using as a screen saver.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Customize, Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Allen says:

    Any way to be able to click a link when the screensaver/site is running?

  2. MP says:

    How interesting – I can’t think this would do well for your mental health at this moment in time. Just imagine all the negative headlines of 2020 – COVID deaths on the increase, TRUMP, Explosions and so on. But it could work with the happy news portal. :)

  3. JohnDough says:

    No longer works on macOS 15 Catalina

  4. rebby575 says:

    The liquidx webscreensaver was exactly what I wanted, which was to design my own screensaver with html, css and javascript. Love it. Tiny code. Runs smoothly. Easy to configure. Thank you, liquidx.

  5. Richard Baltink says:

    Only can be added !

    • intn says:

      You can add any website URL to the screen saver, you have to select the URL and hit the Return key as described in the directions.

  6. Thanks for this. Now I can view Facebook even when I’m not using my computer!

  7. esaruoho says:

    Perfect! Other than the fact that if you’re using this to play background music from YouTube – and do have two screens – you’re gonna hear the music twice.

  8. Wharf Xanadu says:

    Perfect for news thanks

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