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!

Caution

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 –

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 –

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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