Easiest Way to Set Animated Wallpaper on Ubuntu Desktop

Last updated: November 3, 2013


There’s a simple tool to replace your boring default wallpaper with a completely animated OpenGL wallpaper. It’s Android style live wallpaper on Ubuntu Desktop.

It only contains a few wallpapers so far. While it’s under developing, it continues adding new wallpapers.


To install this tool on Ubuntu:

There’s a ppa repository that contains stable packages for Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, 12.04 Precise and Linux Mint 15, 14, 13.

To add the ppa, press Ctrl+Alt+T, copy and paste below command into terminal and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fyrmir/livewallpaper-stable

Then update via command:

sudo apt-get update

Finally install the tool:

sudo apt-get install livewallpaper livewallpaper-config livewallpaper-indicator

Once installed, open Livewallpaper Config from Unity Dash.



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One response to Easiest Way to Set Animated Wallpaper on Ubuntu Desktop

  1. Allen Thomas May 7, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    As a user without any programming ability (I’m slightly dyslexic) and do not like looking at dead screens even with pictures and especially cluttered with icons, I was wondering if it was possible to set up the desktop whereby you can use a short video such as from Utube. The closest there seems to be is an old set of photos of Moscow and of Mars taken by Odessy, these however were created using pages of code, too much creativity and hair pulling for us mere mortals, surely in this day of Enlightenment there would be an easier way, Microsoft could do it.

    PS. I detest Microsoft and only use it cause there is nothing in some of linux programs that are as good and easy to use.

    “Look at the competition then better it”