Wallpaper Setter

17 Best Free and Open Source Wallpaper Setters

Last Updated on May 24, 2022

Do you find your Linux desktop background rather mundane but have problems in finding attractive wallpapers?

That’s where automatic wallpaper changes can help. And many wallpaper tools access online sources which make it easy to liven up your desktop. They can find and download awesome wallpapers and change them periodically. Some wallpaper tools even support live wallpapers.

Here’s our recommendations. All of the tools are free and open source goodness.

Best Free and Open Source Wallpaper Setters

Note some of the software is multi-purpose. For example, feh is primarily an image viewer. While feh is an excellent image viewer, we don’t rate it so highly from a wallpaper setter perspective. The ratings presented in the chart reflect our assessment of each program purely from a wallpaper perspective.

Let’s explore the 17 wallpaper tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a screenshot of the software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.

Wallpaper Setters
VarietyHighly configurable utility that offers a great range of features
FondoQuickly find beautiful wallpapers from Unsplash
WallpaperDownloaderDownload, change, manage wallpapers with this Java tool
SuperpaperAdvanced multi monitor wallpaper manager
KomorebiFully customisable image, video, and web page wallpapers
HydraPaperGtk utility to set different backgrounds for each monitor on GNOME
wpgtkColorscheme, wallpaper and template manager
Wall ChangerAutomatic wallpaper changer
pacwallLive wallpaper showing dependency graph and installed packages
chwallTiny automatic wallpaper changer
LiveWallpaperCompletely animated OpenGL wallpaper on your background
flowyLean privacy-preserving dynamic wallpaper changer
NitrogenBackground browser and setter
AzoteGTK+3 based picture browser and background setter
swaybgWallpaper utility for Wayland compositors
fehMode-based image viewer and cataloger aimed at console users
xwallpaperWallpaper setting utility

There are lots of other wallpaper tools available. Other interesting tools include Wally, pywal, esetroot, and hsetroot.

Best Free and Open Source SoftwareRead our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. Our curated compilation covers all categories of software.

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