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.
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.
|Variety||Highly configurable utility that offers a great range of features|
|Fondo||Quickly find beautiful wallpapers from Unsplash|
|WallpaperDownloader||Download, change, manage wallpapers with this Java tool|
|Superpaper||Advanced multi monitor wallpaper manager|
|Komorebi||Fully customisable image, video, and web page wallpapers|
|HydraPaper||Gtk utility to set different backgrounds for each monitor on GNOME|
|wpgtk||Colorscheme, wallpaper and template manager|
|Wall Changer||Automatic wallpaper changer|
|pacwall||Live wallpaper showing dependency graph and installed packages|
|chwall||Tiny automatic wallpaper changer|
|LiveWallpaper||Completely animated OpenGL wallpaper on your background|
|flowy||Lean privacy-preserving dynamic wallpaper changer|
|Nitrogen||Background browser and setter|
|Azote||GTK+3 based picture browser and background setter|
|swaybg||Wallpaper utility for Wayland compositors|
|feh||Mode-based image viewer and cataloger aimed at console users|
|xwallpaper||Wallpaper setting utility|
There are lots of other wallpaper tools available. Other interesting tools include Wally, pywal, esetroot, and hsetroot.
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