Your Desktop is the first thing you encounter when you turn on your system, and you see things like your wallpaper and desktop icons if you have placed any. Wallpapers and themes can change the entire look of your desktop, and hence you should carefully choose both of them.
Wallpaper Engine is a windows only application which uses your GPU to show animated (or live) wallpapers, but it is not available on Linux and the developers also not plan to port it to this open source platform. However, there is a simple open source bash script, which can help you to display your battery percentage (on a mobile device) in a creative and beautiful manner to your desktop.
Bwall, developed by adi1090x on GitHub, is a bash script under GPL v3 license which offers you several wallpaper options from which you can pick to display on your desktop. And in this tutorial, we will learn how to install, and set up different wallpapers to your desktop and also see how can you enable it to automatically to run when your system is started.
Features of Bwall
There are numerous things which make the Bwall Script really attractive, some of them are mentioned below:
- There are 21 different wallpaper options for you to choose from.
- All 21 wallpapers have battery charging animation.
- Whenever your device’s battery is fully charged, the script will stop the animation.
- Because of the open source nature, users can also add their own icons, wallpapers using their own unique style.
- When the device is not charging, this script will change the wallpapers based on the battery percentage.
- It supports numerous Window managers such as Openbox, i3wm, bspwm, awesomewm, Fluxbox, Fvwm and Swaywm as well as Desktop Environments like KDE, Pantheon, GNOME, Deepin, Cinnamon, XFCE, LXDE and MATE.
Installing Bwall on Linux
There are several dependencies which you should install first before installing this script, the dependencies are
xrandr. Depending upon your Linux distribution, type the following commands in your Terminal window to install these dependencies:
# On Debian and Ubuntu based distributions sudo apt update && sudo apt-get install acpi feh x11-xserver-utils # On Arch Linux based distributions sudo pacman -Sy acpi feh xorg-xrandr # On Fedora Workstation
When all the dependencies are installed, you can clone the repositories using the
git clone https://github.com/adi1090x/battery-wallpaper.git
Finally, enter into the cloned directory and then install Bwall by typing:
cd battery-wallpaper chmod +x install.sh ./install.sh
Running the program
Simply type Bwall into the Terminal and press the enter key.
In order to set your wallpaper, you have to type the command with
-s flag along with the name of wallpaper you want to set. You can pick any of the names listed in the available styles. For example:
bwall -s bar
Note that you may have to switch to the light/default mode in order to see the wallpaper change.
Also Read: Change your GTK4 themes on GNOME 40+
Setting up Autostart
In case you want to make this script run automatically on a cold boot, you can do that by adding the script to your Window Manager’s autostart file. If you are using a Desktop Environment, then you can add a desktop entry in the autostart directory. You can do that by typing the following commands:
cd $HOME/.config/autostart && touch bwall.desktop
Now, using your text editor such as Vim or Nano, open the file like this:
# For Vim Users vim bwall.desktop # For Nano Users nano bwall.desktop
Now, add the following text to the desktop file:
[Desktop Entry] Name=Battery Wallpaper Comment=Set desktop background according to battery percentage, with charging animation. Exec=/usr/bin/bwall -s leaves & Type=Application Icon=wallpaper Categories=Accessories;
Now, whenever you will start your system, the selected theme will be automatically applied.
This is a really awesome script which can change the wallpapers as per your battery percentage, so you will always get an Idea about your battery without ever looking at the top/bottom right corner of your screen. But keep this in mind that the more background applications you have running, the more your battery will lose charge faster. So, it is recommended that you use the delay flag (-d) and specify a specific interval of time (for example, 240 seconds) so that this script will check for your battery percentage less frequently. You can also use tools like TLPUI to increase the Battery life of your system.