3 Best Linux Wallpaper Changers to Spice Up Your Desktop Background
Do you find your Linux desktop background boring but don’t know where to find good-looking wallpapers to download? That’s where automatic wallpaper changers come in. They automatically find or download beautiful wallpapers for you and change your desktop background at regular intervals. Here are 3 best Linux wallpaper changer to spice up your desktop background.
#1. Variety Wallpaper Changer
Packed with features, Vareity is an open-source automatic wallpaper changer for Linux. It changes the desktop wallpaper regularly, using local or automatically downloaded images. Variety can fetch wallpapers from Flickr, Wallbase.cc, Wallpapers.net, NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day, Desktoppr.co, media RSS feeds from Picasa, deviantART or any other place are also supported.
Variety sits conveniently as an indicator in the panel and can be easily paused and resumed. The mouse wheel can be used to scroll wallpapers back and forth.
- Safe mode prevents NSFW images from being downloaded to your computer.
- Display wallpapers from local folder or various online sources.
- Changes wallpaper at a user-definable interval.
- Automatically copy favorite wallpaper to a local folder.
- Randomly apply various effects to the displayed wallpaper
- The ability to show random wise quotes and a digital clock on the desktop
- Panel indicator
- and many more
On Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10, 17.04, 14.04, Linux Mint 18 and other Ubuntu-based distros, you can install variety using the official PPA.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa sudo apt update sudo apt install variety variety-slideshow
On Debian 8, download the deb package and install it with gdebi.
wget https://launchpadlibrarian.net/238315680/variety_0.6.0-0~549~201602122334~ubuntu14.04.1_all.deb sudo apt install gdebi sudo gdebi variety*.deb
Arch Linux, Manjaro, Apricity OS users can install from repository.
sudo pacman -S variety
Fedora users can find the rpm package on rpmfind.net. Download the rpm package and then run the following command in terminal to install it.
sudo dnf install variety*.rpm
OpenSUSE users can easily install it from repository.
sudo zypper in variety
#2 Bing Wallpapers for Linux
Bing Wallpapers for Linux downloads and sets the stunning high-resolution Bing Image of the Day as your Wallpaper.
It changes your wallpaper automatically on a daily basis and save it at ~/Pictures/Bing/ folder . It’s not as feature-rich as Variety and you may not like the fact that a Bing watermark will be displayed on the bottom-right corner of your wallpaper.
On Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10, 14.04, Linux Mint, Elementary OS and other Ubuntu-based distro, you can easily install Bing Wallpapers for Linux using the following PPA.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:whizzzkid/bingwallpaper sudo apt update sudo apt install bingwallpaper
Once installed, run bingwallpaper command to fetch Bing Image of the Day. On next boot, it will automatically start. Users of other Linux distributions can visit its page of Github to see how to set it up.
#3 Wallch Linux Wallpaper Changer
Wallch is a free open-source wallpaper changer that can display random image and Wikipedia’s picture of the day on your desktop. It also features a live earth wallpaper that change the desktop background very 30 minutes to a flat map that shows the sunlight and the clouds.
Wallch is available from Ubuntu repository. Ubuntu-based Linux distro users can install it using the command below.
sudo apt install wallch
Debian users can download the deb package and install it with gdebi.
Install using gdebi.
sudo apt install gdebi sudo gdebi wallch*.deb
Arch Linux, Manjaro, Apricity OS users can install wallch from AUR using the yaourt package manager.
So which one do you like most? And did you come cross any Linux wallpaper changer that you’d like to share with Linux fans in the comments below? As always, if you found this post useful, then subscribe to our free newsletter. You can also follow us on Google+, Twitter or like our Facebook page.