Archives For November 30, 1999

syncwall wallpaper changer

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

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to easily install SyncWall wallpaper changer on Ubuntu and Linux Mint via PPA repository.

SyncWall is quite a basic wallpaper changer for Ubuntu Linux. It has the ability to synchronize wallpaper change between several workstations with a basic (and unsecured) client/server protocol. Each workstation must share the same pool of files, there is no FTP or Internet download.



  • Synchronization change between computers
  • Simple multi monitor support
  • Ability to add some special effects (blur,gray,edges, …) to wallpaper before display

To install SyncWall, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, then follow the below steps:

1.) Run command to add the ppa repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

2.) If you’ve already install Synaptic Package Manger, open it and click Reload button. Search for and install syncwall.


If not, run this command instead:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install syncwall