Tuesday, July 31, 2012

[HOW TO] Install Conky in Xubuntu

Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop.

Conky running in Xubuntu 12.04
Conky running in Xubuntu 12.04 and using conky2 by ~dinozaur1982 as configuration file.


Open a terminal window and run:

sudo apt-get install conky -y


Conky can be accessed by typing the following command: conky. You can use the -c | --config= FILE option to load a configuration file instead of $HOME/.conkyrc.

My suggestion is to have a folder with some Conky configuration files and add Conky to session startup[1] typing conky -c path_to_conky_rc as the command. Please don't forget to adjust the configuration file path.

Where to get examples

Great examples can be found at deviantArt.com. There's also examples at gnome-look.org under the "Other Gnome Stuff" section, but it's easier to just search for "conky". After downloading a Conky configuration file you may have to edit it to make everything work.


[1] See this to learn how to add a program to Xfce session startup.


Conky | sourceforge.net


  1. Your post about conky is very useful. I installed successfully. I could see a shade around conky display. Conky background is not transparent. pls see the screenshot.

    How can remove the shade?

    1. I've been trying to reproduce your problem here, but I can't. Conky displays a transparent background and always refreshes it. Since we're using the same .conkyrc the problem isn't in the configuration, it must be something else. I also tried different desktop composition settings (window manager tweaks). What's really weird is that your conky is using the background from another wallpaper.

      I'm sorry for not being able to help you.

  2. @Vimal Kumar V
    To .conkyrc add this

    own_window_argb_visual yes
    own_window_argb_value 0

  3. hey i am new to Linux and using old laptop

    could you do a tutorial on "things to do after installing xubuntu 12.04"

    1. That's a hard because it's very subjective. What you do after you install the operating system is related to your needs. If find that general enough I'll write something.

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  5. Ty for your efforts. If I can add one thing: sudo apt-get install conky-all -y I had to research this after the rings would not work for me.