How to Set Animated Wallpaper Background in Ubuntu 18.04

Last updated: July 30, 2018

Want to use animated wallpapers on Ubuntu desktop? Well, you can try the new awesome wallpaper manager called Komorebi.

Komorebi is an open-source animated wallpaper manager for Linux. With it, you can set your desktop background with:

  • a picture with time & date.
  • a video wallpaper.
  • a web page.

The software ships with a list of default animated wallpapers. And there’s a Wallpaper Creator allows to manually create animated wallpapers from pictures, videos, or web pages.

How to Install and Use Komorebi in Ubuntu:

You can download the 64-bit deb, so far it’s “komorebi-2.1-64-bit.deb” from the release page:

Then install the package either via Gdebi (install it via Ubuntu Software) or by running command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/komorebi-*.deb; sudo apt-get -f install

Once installed, launch Komorebi from your software launcher:

Then right-click on desktop, and choose Change wallpaper. There you can change animated wallpapers and do some basic settings.

Manually create animated wallpapers:

The software offers Wallpaper Creator utility. Open it from software launcher and you can do following steps to create an animated wallpaper from pic, video, or a web page.

1. When Wallpaper Creator launches:

  • type a name for the new wallpaper.
  • choose source type: picture, video, or web page.
  • choose source file directory.
  • finally you must choose a thumbnail image.

2. In next window, do some date & time, and other settings.

3. Due to permissions issue, you MUST move the new created wallpaper to /System/Resources/Komorebi/ as the last window prompts:

Open terminal from software launcher and run command as the picture shows you. In my case it’s:


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4 responses to How to Set Animated Wallpaper Background in Ubuntu 18.04

  1. It Works !
    Can you please make a guide to install Gazette Widget please ?
    i followed this link below but ended up dizzy ( cant understand it) ‘’

    Or a guide to install conky lua coz, i got this after follow the step and got this :
    $ conky: cannot open ./.conky/conkyrc: No such file or directory
    from this link below

    Thank you Sir

  2. I installed this in Ubuntu 18.04 because I wanted to display videos of my grand children as wallpapers. I was able to install photos, but was unable to make my my own video desktops. I spent 2 hrs trying, but was unsuccessful. So, a big thumbs down for this application.

  3. This is fun and it worked right away. Do you know how to resize the desktop icons? Mine are enormous and would like the original size restored..

  4. Archer Hightower March 5, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    I am unable to create a web page background. It just keeps on saying that I should enter a wallpaper name, valid url and thumbnail.