Add Nyan Cat To Your Progress Bars, Because It’s Awesome

nyancat icon   Add Nyan Cat To Your Progress Bars, Because Its AwesomeIs your Windows progress bar stupid, green and boring? Make it 5011% more awesome: add the infamous Nyan cat to it, complete with the trademark music and rainbow. It’s just a simple download away.

There are plenty of articles explaining how to do useful things on our website. This isn’t one of them. This article explains how to make your progress bar awesome.

Keep reading if you’re awesome.

Based on an animated GIF from LOL Comics, Nyan Cat rose to fame after being uploaded to YouTube complete with music. Forty million views and half-a-million comments proves one thing definitively: Nyan Cat is the most famous pixelated cat-poptart hybrid to ever fly through space. Period.

In Action!

You want to see my progress bars? Then I’ll show you my progress bars. They look like this:

nyancat progress   Add Nyan Cat To Your Progress Bars, Because Its Awesome

Not enough? Well then, you clearly need to watch this video. It outlines just how useless this particular program is:

See what I mean? Useless. Awesome, but definitely useless.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “that’s amazing, but installing something that elegant and useless undoubtedly requires a degree in computer science.” Well, my friend, that’s where you’re wrong. All you need to do is download a single file, which you can find here. Just download the program and run it, and suddenly all of your progress bars are amazing.

Drag a file somewhere; amazing. Download something; amazing. Install some software; amazing. It’s just that simple. Linux and Mac users: sorry. You’re just not ready for this yet, but I’m sure something will come along eventually.

Windows XP users: this may or may not work for you. The creator of Nyan Cat Progress Bars suggests upgrading to Windows 7 just to get this working; whether that’s worth it or not is completely up to you.


You’re wondering about options? Then I’ll show you the options. Check this screenshot out:

nyancat settings   Add Nyan Cat To Your Progress Bars, Because Its Awesome

That’s right: you can turn Nyan Cat on and off. You can even stop Nyan Cat from showing up when you’re enjoying non-Nyan music, which some people might like. You can set Nyan Cat to start when Windows does, which you certainly should do. I did. Finally, you can turn Nyan’s volume lower. Don’t.

Do you want Nyan Cat not to show up in certain programs? That’s stupid, but also possible.

nyancat block   Add Nyan Cat To Your Progress Bars, Because Its Awesome

And there you have it: control over your Nyan progress bars. Use it wisely my young apprentice.

Instant Elevator Music

Nyan Cat Progress Bar is based on Instant Elevator Music, which plays music anytime progress bars come up. Be sure to check out this equally useless program, assuming you’d like to hear cheesy elevator music every time you’re waiting for something to happen. You can even customize what music plays, if you want.


Very few YouTube videos inspire software like this, but it’s a thing of beauty when they do. I wonder: how many of you will be adding this program to your computing life? Let me know in the comments below, while also sharing any other Nyan cat-related hacks you know about.

Or just complain about this being a stupid article, if you want. Whatever.

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mick register

Yeah, nice to know, “Kathie.”

Anyway, this article was in fact stupid and useless. That doesn’t mean I didn’t love every bit of it!
Too bad it doesn’t offer options to change the gif… Wait, maybe it does. Now I can have myon myom Pinkie Pie instead of nyan nyan cat! maybe…


There’s no way to change the GIF at this time, but you could always make a request.


Pink Panther  Maybe ???


Office prank anyone ??


Brilliant idea.


I’m so glad I work from home. How often will this show up come April 1st?


useless, awesome


That’s what I was going for.

Rowdy Rob

I’m not awesome enough to install this program, but I thought I’d chime in to say I enjoyed the article. It was well-written, informative, and I chuckled throughout! A fun read indeed.


I’m flattered; thanks for the feedback and for reading our site.


First you got me hooked on Glitch, and now this?


We’re here to help.


You have done well. That was just funny as.


As what? Don’t leave us all hanging in here…


im using xp and got it to work


also it’s great it has its own volume separate from the master control for unintrusive nyannyan blaring all the time when i copy something


This is great news for XP users. They don’t need to upgrade to 7 quite yet!


This just made my day ! 


Install it and it will make your every day.


I’m about to turn my progress bar up to 11








A little dated, but sure. You could make that.