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Enjoy Animated Wallpaper on Linux

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Wallpapers are a really important part of a system as it provides the look and feel of the entire system environment. Good quality wallpapers can even change the feel of the entire system! I believe Pthat you already have a nice, beautiful wallpaper that helps you refresh your mind of this boring system. Don’t forget to check out Paper, Arc and Canta etc.

Have you ever enjoyed a live wallpaper? In a live wallpaper, the elements in the wallpaper moves in a way that makes it incredible to look at. Live wallpapers are already available at a large number on Android, but did you ever wonder to get it in your system?

For Linux users, this is the perfect chance to set your favorite live theme now!


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Before starting the tutorial, it’s necessary that you understand how much a live wallpaper will impact on your system.

First of all, using live wallpaper puts more pressure on the system as the system is continuously rendering an animation/video. This is not a problem for any healthy system but if your computer is low on specs or a relic of the old times, it’s better not to perform this action.

The tool

We’ll be using a tool – Komorebi. It’s a free tool and extremely powerful that can set both GIF and video files as a live wallpaper. Installing it is very simple.

If you’re on Debian/Ubuntu, Komorebi is easy to install. Komorebi officially provides a DEB package. Get the Komorebi DEB package.

After downloading, run the following commands –

cd ~/Downloads
sudo dpkg -i komorebi-2.1-64-bit.deb
sudo apt install -f

If your system is other than Debian/Ubuntu, you have to install the tool from source. Make sure that your system meets the following requirements –

  • libgtop2-dev
  • gtk+-3.0
  • libgtk-3-dev
  • glib-2.0>=2.38
  • libgtop-2.0
  • gee-0.8
  • libwnck-3.0
  • clutter-gtk-1.0
  • clutter-gst-3.0
  • clutter-1.0
  • cmake
  • valac

Now, run the following commands –

git clone https://github.com/iabem97/komorebi.git

cd komorebi
mkdir build && cd build
cmake .. && sudo make install

Using Komorebi

Start Komorebi from your system’s launcher. If you had to install Komorebi from source, navigate to the Komorebi folder and run the following command –


As soon as you start the app, it will load one of its library wallpapers. You’ll notice the change immediately.

For changing the preference of the desktop, right-click on any blank space on desktop.

Select Change Wallpapers >> Preferences tab. Make sure that video wallpaper is enabled. Note that for using video, you must have “gstreamer1.0-libav” package in your system.

Once everything is correct, start “Wallpaper Creator”.

Here, choose your favorite GIF/video and give it a name.

Click “Next”. Make whatever change you’d like to add. Finally, you’ll be given a command line. Run it in a terminal window.

All you have to do now is change the wallpaper. Enjoy!


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