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.

linux wallpaper changer

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.

Bing wallpapers for linux

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 live earth

Wallch Live Earth

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.

64 bits

wget https://launchpad.net/~wallch/+archive/ubuntu/wallch-4.0/+build/6523699/+files/wallch_4.183-1trusty_amd64.deb

32 bits

wget https://launchpad.net/~wallch/+archive/ubuntu/wallch-4.0/+build/6523700/+files/wallch_4.183-1trusty_i386.deb

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.

yaourt wallch

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.

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7 Responses to “3 Best Linux Wallpaper Changers to Spice Up Your Desktop Background

  • Catafratto Borborigmi
    2 years ago

    wallch has a memory footprint of > 1 GB

  • Catafratto Borborigmi
    2 years ago

    wallch consume till > 1GB. Why? Ths is not acceptablr.

  • Calvin Locklear
    2 years ago

    Variety is the best, by far.

  • There’s a 4th one that’s unique and awesome https://github.com/cheesecakeufo/komorebi

  • Variety is a very nice program however it has a problem in that there is no option to fit a jpg file to the screen size while at the same time retaining the correct proportions.

  • Here is a new SoftwareProject to download an change the daily bing-wallpaper on your computer. Automatic Wallpaper-Change on several Desktops (KDE, GNOME, Cinnamon, Deepin Desktop Environment, ….) are possible.

    The tool is easy to use.

    Here is the project-Page:

  • I use the Application DailyDesktopWallpaperPlus on my Linux-Machine. You can download it on SourceForge. It supports numerous Desktops on Linux.

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