Halfway through the year, many new apps released and many abandoned. Here are 6 weather apps that are still useful in 2021.

Without searching in web browser or watching an app on mobile, there are quite a few weather apps for Linux that display weather conditions and forecast either on desktop or via system tray applet.

And here are top ones still in active development and well working in all current Ubuntu releases.

1. Gnome Weather

The Gnome Weather app is always the first one you should try, since it’s well designed and integrated with Ubuntu Gnome Desktop.

It shows weather conditions via a desktop window and integrates forecast into the Clock (date & time) menu. Sadly forecast does not work in Ubuntu 20.04 due to bug.

Version 40 displays the current temperature, feel like temperature, as well as cloudy/sunny/rainy icon for current weather. And it shows forecast both hourly and daily (2 weeks). As indicates, it collects weather data from Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

To install the app, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo apt install gnome-weather

For Ubuntu 20.04, forecast is not available due to libgweather bug. To workaround it:

  • either install Gnome Weather flatpak package which runs in sandbox.
  • or install patched version of libgweather from my personal PPA and restart Gnome Shell.

2. My Weather Indicator.

This is my favorite weather app from a Spain software developer. And it’s more than 10 years old that is still being maintained.

The app displays weather via both panel indicator and desktop widget. You can add 2 locations and choose weather services between OpenWeatherMap, Yahoo Weather, Wunderground.com, and WORLD WEATHER ONLINE.

It shows weather conditions including temperature, feels like, pressure, humidity, dew point, wind, and cloudiness. As well, it indicates the time of sunrise, sunset, and dawn/dusk.

The panel indicator offers forecast options for next hours and week days and forecast map. As well, a Moon Phase calendar is available for Waning Gibbous.

To install it, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run commands one by one to get it from the developer’s PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt update
sudo apt install my-weather-indicator

3. Meteo


Meteo is a forecast application using OpenWeatherMap API. It comes with an indicator that shows weather information including temperature, pressure, wind speed and direction, sunrise & sunset.

It also provide app window with current weather and forecast for next 18 hours and next 5 days. With it, you can also check information about temperature, pressure, wind speed, clouds, and precipitation in map mode.

The software has an Ubuntu PPA. So you can open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run following commands one by one to install it.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bitseater/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install com.gitlab.bitseater.meteo

4. KWeather

This is a KDE weather app designed for plasma mobile. It however works good on Linux desktop even without KDE.

It shows the basic weather conditions as well as 10 days forecast in an adaptive app window. Which makes it different is the Dynamic mode that displays raining, shining, or snowing animation.

KWeather is available as flatpak package in flathub.org. To install it, first follow the setup guide and run bottom command in the link page.

5. OpenWeather Extension

This is an extension for Gnome that will work on Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux with Gnome Desktop.

It collects weather conditions from either OpenWeatherMap or darksky.net. And display basic info on top bar. By drop-down menu, you can see more details including:

  • sunrise / sunset time.
  • cloudiness, humidity, pressure, wind speed.
  • forecast (2 ~ 10 days).

The indicator position, icons, units, Geolocation provider etc are configurable via extension settings.

To install OpenWeather extension, firstly make sure chrome-gnome-shell is installed via command:

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

Then get it from extensions.gnome.org/…/openweather/

6. wttr.in

For those looking for a weather app works in command line, wttr.in is a great choice.

Just make sure curl is installed via command:

sudo apt install curl

You can then run command to get weather condition as well as forecast for current location via command:

curl wttr.in

And you may specify a location, shanghai for instance, via command:

curl wttr.in/shanghai

It’s recommended to maximize your terminal window to make the forecast table display properly.

Besides the basic info, such as, temperature, pressure, humidity, it also supports for moon phase, different units, generate PNG, and more. To get more options, run command:

curl wttr.in/:help

Final Words

There are also a few other good weather apps that I know, but they are either not maintained or not well working in my machine. If you get any other good apps, feel free to leave comment below.

Gnome 40 automatically logs into ‘Activities’ overview screen instead of a blank desktop. Don’t like this feature? Just disable it!

Gnome 40 finally lands in Ubuntu 21.10, brings the new design of its ‘Activities’ overview screen. The workspaces are now horizontal and locate across the center of screen. Along with small boxes under the search box, all running app windows will be there. And it introduces new touchpad gestures to switch between workspaces.

Instead of a blank desktop, Gnome 40 shows you the redesigned Activities by default. It’s great for you to get start directly by searching items, or accessing favorite apps on the left dock.

But I don’t like the feature and want to disable it! Well, an extension is here to do the job.

“No overview at start-up” is the simple extension to revert the change, so Ubuntu 21.10, Fedora 34 or other Linux with Gnome 40 will log into a blank desktop just like before.

Install No overview at start-up Extension:

1. Firstly, press win/super key, then search for and open terminal. When terminal opens, copy and paste the command below and hit run.

The command will install the “chrome-gnome-shell” package to enable ability to install Gnome Shell Extensions from web browser. And install “gnome-shell-extension-prefs” (Gnome Extensions App) for managing extensions.

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell gnome-shell-extension-prefs

type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks and hit Enter. Then type ‘y’ if asked to confirm to install the packages

2. Next, go to the extension page via the link button below. Turn on the toggle icon to install it.

If you don’t see the slider icon, click the ‘click here to install browser extension‘ link to install browser add-on and reload the page.

The extension should function once you installed it. And you can click ‘Activities’ then search and open Gnome Extensions App to toggle on / off, or remove the extensions.

That’s it. Enjoy!

For those want to set the CPU TDP limit, a new Intel Controller app is available by Spanish Linux computer company Slimbook.

TDP stands for Thermal Design Power, in watts, and refers to the power consumption under the maximum theoretical load.

Similar to its AMD Controller app, the new app works by setting your CPU TDP value. That is, the amount of power measured in watts allowed for your CPU to either save battery or to improve the overall performance.

To use the app, you need to disable secureboot because it does not allow kernel access to CPU parameters.

As a new project, it so far supports for: i3-10110U, i3-1005G1, i5-8250U, i5-8265U, i5-10210U, i5-1035G1, i7-7500U, i7-8550U, i7-8565U, i7-1065G7, i7-10510U, i7-10750H, i7-1165G7.

You can however test your CPU by adding into the “~/.config/slimbookintelcontroller/slimbookintelcontroller.conf” file.

Search on the web to find out your CPU Specifications, including TDP, TDP-up and TDP-down. Then add your CPU and set the Low, Medium, and High performance in watts as the picture shows. You can then choose between them via either the desktop app or indicator menu.

NOTE: The software is still in early development, they may have bugs. And in higher performance, it drains the battery faster and makes your CPU hotter. USE it at your own risk!

Install Slimbook Intel Controller:

The slimbook PPA maintains the package so far only for Ubuntu 20.04.

1. Add the PPA.

Firstly open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard, or by searching for and open terminal from system app launcher. When terminal opens, copy and paste the command below and hit Enter:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:slimbook/slimbook

Type user password, no asterisk feedback, when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. Install the controller app.

Next run command to install the Intel Controller:

sudo apt install slimbookintelcontroller

For AMD CPU, you can install another package instead:

sudo apt install slimbookamdcontroller

Once installed, open it from system app launcher. As I mentioned above, it won’t start if your process is not in the configuration file. For the source code, go to Github.

Uninstall:

For any reason, you can copy and paste the command below into terminal and hit Run to remove the software.

sudo apt remove slimbookintelcontroller

As well, do for removing the Slimbook PPA via the command below:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:slimbook/slimbook

Want to change the position of top-bar items, e.g., Activities button, app menu, date and time, and system tray icons?

A Top Bar Organizer extension now is available for Ubuntu 21.04 Gnome 40. With it, you can drag and drop to re-order top panel items as you prefer. For example, moving the Activities button or date & time clock menu to right corner.

Install Top Bar Organizer:

1.) Firstly open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When terminal opens, run command to install Gnome extension integration for web browser, as well as Gnome Extension management tool:

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell gnome-shell-extension-prefs

2.) Next go to the extension web page, and turn on the toggle icon to install it:

Don’t see the slider icon? Install browser extension by clicking on ‘Click here to install browser extension’ link and refresh the web page.

3.) Finally search for and open ‘Extensions‘ from system app launcher. And click on the gear icon to open the extension settings.

Next drag and drop to re-order all panel items and enjoy!

Free open-source handwriting notetaking app Xournal++ 1.1.0 was released with many new features and improvements.

Xournal++ (aka Xournalpp) is a note taking app that support pen input from devices such as Wacom, Huion, XP Pen tablets. It also features PDF annotation, Lua scripting, and LateX support.

The Xournal++ 1.1.0 is a new major release follows the XDG Base Directory Specification. The config files will now be stored in user .config folder instead of user home.

A new plugin was introduced for those have non-default DPI settings, to fix incorrect text elements display issue for old documents.

Ubuntu 16.04 and Mac OS High Sierra are no longer supported. Other features include:

  • New “progressive mode” option to PDF export dialog.
  • New “Layerstack Preview” tab to show all layers up to the current layer.
  • Add seeking functionality during audio playback.
  • Remove the old input system and touch workaround.
  • Add a touchpad pinch gesture for zooming.
  • Rework LaTeX tool implementation.
  • Add snapping for vertical space, moving/resizing selections, recognized shapes.
  • Lua plugin support for Mac OS.
  • New action icons, and new app icon.
  • And tons more other improvements and changes.

How to Install Xournal++ 1.1.0 in Ubuntu:

The software offers official binary packages, available to download at the link below:

Grab the ‘xournalpp-xxx-bionic-xxx.deb‘ for Ubuntu 18.04, or ‘xournalpp-xxx-focal-xxx.deb‘ for Ubuntu 20.04/ Linux Mint 20.

You can then install the .deb by opening terminal and running command:

sudo apt install ~/Downloads/xournalpp*.deb

For other Ubuntu releases and other Linux, choose the non-install ‘xournalpp-xxx.AppImage‘ package. By adding execute permission in the right-click menu ‘Properties’ dialog under Permissions tab, you can finally run the Appimage to launch the software.