Install Wallpaper Changer SyncWall 2.0.0 in Ubuntu 14.04/13.10/12.04

Last updated: April 24, 2024

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UPDATE: SyncWall is NO LONGER in active development since 2014!!

SyncWall, a wallpaper changer with multi-monitor support, is now at version 2.0.0. In this tutorial I will show you how to install or upgrade it in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.10, or Ubuntu 12.04.

As you may know, SyncWall is quite a basic wallpaper changer with the ability to synchronize wallpaper change between several workstations with a basic (and unsecured) client/server protocol. Another interesting feature is a simple multi-monitor support. Because SyncWall is written with Qt, it runs on Windows and Linux.


Changes in SyncWall 2.0.0:

  • Autostart on linux
  • Direct synchronization of wallpapers across network (sharing the same file is no more used)
  • Add Romanian translation. Thanks to jaff.
  • Change default location of translation file on linux (“/share/hotshots/locale” instead of “/share/locale”)
  • Ability to keep wallpaper system settings (on Windows)
  • Add MacOSX target
  • Add debian package files
  • Bug fixes:
    • find the correct path for translation files on linux in some cases
    • incorrect display on multiple screen configuration in some cases
    • incorrect display of splashscreen on linux in some cases
    • incorrect decoding of image parameters during synchronization
    • incorrect clipping with horizontal center alignment
    • relaunch scheduler when wallpaper is changed manually
    • invalid lock of UI in server mode
    • incorrect behavior with fixed time scheduling
    • compilation error on quite old CentOS platform

Install SyncWall in Ubuntu:

The Webupd8 Team PPA, maintained by the popular Ubuntu Linux blog, provides the latest build of SyncWall for all current support Ubuntu releases.

To add the PPA, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the command below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

Then update and install the wallpaper manager via:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install syncwall

(Optional) Uninstall:

To remove the ppa, run:

sudo apt-get remove syncwall && sudo apt-get autoremove

To remove the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8


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2 responses to Install Wallpaper Changer SyncWall 2.0.0 in Ubuntu 14.04/13.10/12.04

  1. Raghavendra K May 27, 2014 at 7:38 am


    Could you please provide the steps to uninstall the same in Ubuntu.