This Tool Enables Live Clock on Wallpaper of Ubuntu 22.04 GNOME 42

Last updated: June 21, 2022 — 6 Comments

Would like to display digital clock and date in your desktop? Desktop Clock is a new extension to do the job in GNOME 42.

It’s an extension that so far works on Ubuntu 22.04, Fedora 36, Arch and Manjaro Linux. With it, you have the date and time display on desktop with customisable appearance.

It supports border and background with user selected color, border width and corner radius. Allows to change time and data color and font size, as well as shadow color and offset. All colors can set to has an alpha channel (RGBA), which specifies the opacity.

And, the date is customisable with format codes, to display as whatever style as you want. See the all code here.

How to Install Desktop Clock in Ubuntu 22.04 / other Linux

Ubuntu 22.04 user may first press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When terminal opens, run command to install extension manager app:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-manager

Then, click top-left ‘Activities’ and search for and open the tool from overview screen:

Finally, navigate to ‘Browse’ tab in extension manager, search for and install “Desktop Clock”:

NOTE: It support drag moving clock position, however you need to disable “Desktop Icons NG” extension temporarily for the action, then re-enable it. The developer is working to fix the conflict.

For Fedora and other Linux, the extension is available to install via the toggle icon in the web page below:


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6 responses to This Tool Enables Live Clock on Wallpaper of Ubuntu 22.04 GNOME 42

  1. Thanks a lot! This extension is great.
    I have a dual boot (mac / ubuntu 22).
    With features like this, there is no sense to use mac.
    Ubuntu is far better, more stable and resourceful.
    Unfortunately webex (my work environment uses it) does not run in Ubuntu 22

  2. I am a beginner with Ubuntu 22.04 . Will the live wallpapers from the website below work in Ubuntu 22.04?

    • I don’t think it will work in current Ubuntu releases, if you meant the feature in the Wallch app, that was not updated for quite a few years.

  3. Extension “Desktop Clock” is not found any more!

  4. installed & clock is nowhere to be seen

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