Live Wallpaper, animated wallpapers in GNU / Linux

live wallpaper

An interesting feature of Android is that of the animated wallpapersYes, at least for what they have to offer from the visual, and for some reason they have not managed to take off on the desktop, although that does not mean that there are interesting alternatives for our teams. A very good one is Live Wallpaper, which allows us to have animated wallpapers in GNU / Linux, in order to enjoy the beautiful design and colors that they add.

In this case, it is a utility that is based on OpenGL to offer background images that show us movement in several ways and that offers us several possibilities since it has several 'themes' by default. We have 'Circles', the circle with the date and time, which imitates the appearance of Ubuntu Phone, 'Galaxy' (a galaxy revolving around us), 'Gradient Clock' (a polar clock located above a basic gradient), 'Nexus' (objects with the colors of Nexus scrolling our screen), 'Noise' (dynamic background with a design similar to that of iOS) and Photoslide (grid of photos of the folder that we indicate).

Each of them offers us its own configuration options, something similar to what happens with the screensaver options (for example, specify colors or quantity of particles for Nexus, or quantity of stars in 'Galaxy'), although there are options that are common to all (FPS, behavior in multi-screen configurations). It is clear that the animations or themes are not so many, but since we are facing a completely open source tool -Available under the GPL license- it is likely that in a while we will have new themes and animations for our desktop.

To install Live Wallpaper in Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: fyrmir / livewallpaper-daily

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install livewallpaper

sudo apt-get install livewallpaper-config livewallpaper-indicator

With the last two commands we install the Live Wallpaper configuration tool and its AppIndicator respectively; now we only have to run from Dash or from a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T):

live wallpaper

Once this is done, we simply have to restart the computer or close the session and start it again.

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  1.   Gabo said

    you have an error in the last command sudo apt-get install livewallpaper config livewallpaper-indicator
    so sudo apt-get install livewallpaper-config livewallpaper-indicator

    1.    Willy klew said

      Thanks for the contribution Gabo, it is already corrected.


  2.   kerameki said

    Thanks Gabo, you just threw an error in the last command and I didn't know why. Thanks!!

  3.   Osky Inter (@ oai027) said

    It is very nice, I installed it in Kubuntu 14.10 and everything was great! greetings from Buenos Aires.

  4.   Steve said

    Will it consume a lot of resources and affect performance or is it not that significant? THANK YOU and I LOVE YOUR BLOG.

  5.   Yamith S Montoya said

    is compiz compliant? no mess?

  6.   stop putting viruses said

    You have more shit tucked under your damn page, than diseases in India.

  7.   elwachingamer said

    can it be uninstalled? I think I regretted it (fucking mother) because I thought it was an application to be able to put wallpaper gifs from your downloads

  8.   Marcelo said

    I followed all the instructions and it didn't work.
    or did not understand anything. ha!