Install And Setup Conky On Linux Desktops

In this guide I will be showing you how to install Conky as well as how to setup Conky on your Linux desktop. This guide should work for the following Linux distributions or any of their derivatives.

  • Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu
  • Linux Mint
  • Fedora
  • CentOS

Install Conky On Linux Desktop

So lets get started by installing Conky. You can accomplish this by running the following command, it will automatically install Conky for you whether you are using a YUM based Linux distribution or an APT-GET based Linux distribution.

sudo apt-get install conky-all -y || sudo apt-get install conky -y || sudo yum install conky-all -y || sudo yum install conky -y

Once this is completed you can test to make sure Conky actually starts by running the following command to launch it as a background process. Note that you will not start conky with sudo or root permissions.

conky &

You should see something similar to the screenshot below. Yes it looks ugly right now but we will install a configuration next.

Install And Setup Conky On Linux Desktops

You can kill this task by running the following command.

killall conky

Setup Conky Configuration

Next we will need to setup a configuration for Conky to make it look better as well as have Conky display the information we actually care about instead of the defaults. You can find beautiful Conky configurations all over the web, once you have found a configuration that you like, create a hidden folder in your home directory.

mkdir ~/.conky

Then copy all of the conky configuration files into this hidden folder.

cp /path/to/files/* ~/.conky/*

Finally launch Conky as follows to run it with your downloaded configuration file. You will need to edit this to match your Conky configuration file name.

conky -c ~/.conky/conkyrc

You should now have something similar to this although your result will vary based on the configuration that you are using.

Install And Setup Conky On Linux Desktops

Automatically Start Conky When Logging In

Last but not least, we will add Conky to our startup manager to make sure Conky automatically starts whenever we login to the system. This will vary a little bit depending on your Desktop environment however it will be pretty much the same for most. Simply add the following command (remember to change the configuration file to your actual file name).

conky -c ~/.conky/conkyrc

Install And Setup Conky On Linux Desktops

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