This simple tutorial shows how to install Conky Manager 2, the graphical front-end for Conky system monitor, in Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.
Conky is a light-weight system monitor for Linux Xorg, that displays CPU, GPU, and disk usage, network speed, weather, date and time and other information on desktop as widget.
And Conky Manager is a graphical tool that manages Conky config files. It provides options to start/stop, browse and edit Conky themes installed on the system.
The software was originally developed by by teejee2008 (Tony George), but not been updated for quite a few years. And Conky Manager 2 takes the job to make it work on recent Linux systems with updated Conky versions support.
Install Conky Manager 2 Ubuntu via PPA:
For those still using conky widget to monitor CPU/RAM, network usage, and weather information, I’ve create an unofficial PPA contains the most recent packages for Ubuntu 22.04 and Ubuntu 20.04, with both 64-bit and arm64/armhf OS types support.
1.) First, open terminal by either pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard, or searching from ‘Activities’ overview screen. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/conkymanager2
Type user password (no asterisk feedback) for sudo prompts and hit Enter to continue.
2.) Then install Conky Manager2 and conky as dependency library via command:
sudo apt install conky-manager2
NOTE: Linux Mint needs to manually update cache via
sudo apt update command first.
Start and use Conky Manager 2:
Once installed, search for and launch Conky Manager app from the activities overview screen (or from start menu depends on your DE).
The app comes with some default themes, though may not well configured for your desktop. Tick or un-tick any item in the list will start or stop conky with that theme, though you may also use the tool bar buttons.
And, you can use the “spanner” icon to config theme options, including screen location, size, background transparency. Advanced users may also click on the ‘pencil‘ icon to edit it via configuration file.
There are also tons of Conky themes on the web. You can download one, and install it easily by clicking the second folder icon (with a little emblem).
Uninstall Conky, Conky Manager:
For any reason, you can easily remove the Ubuntu PPA by running the command below in terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/conkymanager2
If you want to remove Conky as well as Conky manager run command:
sudo apt remove --autoremove conky conky-manager2
Conky Looks professional does it have a debian counterpart?
Conky is available in Debian main repositories
You should be able to install this on Debian, anyway. Same executable.
I’m trying to install this on mint 19.3. It says unable to locate package conky-manager. How do I get this installed? I followed the directions above.
@Dan Seems it has been removed. :(
It installed for me just fine. Try this.
sudo apt update && sudo apt install conky-manager2 -y
Hi, could you update your repository for 20.10 please?
What year is this? Conky is up past version 1.10, but the discontinued conky-manager doesn’t even support 1.10 configs so you can’t use any of the new functionality from Conky from the past 5 years.
This one builds on current systems directly, and is updated for Conky >1.10. it’s a fork called conky-manager2 : https://github.com/zcot/conky-manager2
that work , finally conky manager2 :v ,
Ubuntu 21.10 says:
E: The repository ‘http://ppa.launchpad.net/tomtomtom/conky-manager/ubuntu impish Release’ does not have a Release file.
N: Updating from such a repository can’t be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default.
Sadly the PPA supports up to Ubuntu 20.10. Ubuntu 21.10 Impish is not supported …
Try going into software sources and editing the repository. I’m betting that if it will install on jammy, it will install on impish. It will use the jammy release file and then you’re golden.