Variety

News about Variety Wallpaper Changer

Variety is an open-source wallpaper changer for Linux

New release – 0.4.19

Variety is packed with great features, yet slim and easy to use. It can use local images or automatically download wallpapers from lots of online sources, allows you to rotate them on a regular interval, and provides easy ways to separate the great images from the junk. Variety can also display wise and funny quotations or a nice digital clock on the desktop.

See some screenshots

Watch a video demo

Installation on Ubuntu


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install variety

Then you launch Variety from the dash or applications menu, or by running /opt/extras.ubuntu.com/variety/bin/variety.

Detailed installation instructions are here. Variety runs on Ubuntu 12.04 and newer, on most Ubuntu variants and derivatives – Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Linux Mint and others, and on several other Linux distributions – Arch, Fedora, Debian.

Source code and bug-reporting

You can find the source code, report bugs, request features or download Variety in tar.gz format at Variety’s project page in Launchpad.

Donate

Variety runs on enthusiasm, fueled by donations. If you wish to donate, here is how.

Supported image sources

The supported online image sources are Flickr, Wallbase.cc, World sunlight map (a live wallpaper that changes as the day progresses), Wallpapers.net, NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day, Desktoppr.co, as well as any site that publishes Media RSS feeds – e.g. Picasa, SmugMug, deviantART, InterfaceLIFT, etc.

Credits

Variety is developed by Peter Levi, a software developer from Bulgaria. Translations are provided by different contributing enthusiasts, you may join in this effort at Launchpad.

122 Comments

  1. I like it!!
    I made some translations into the russian in Launchpad. But I can’t change language in Variety (0.4.12).

    • Variety is currently translatable in Launchpad, but none of the translations have yet been included in a release. Looking at the progress in Launchpad, probably next release will include Russian, Bulgarian and Spanish translations, as they are fairly complete.

      • Como ya le coment? en correo electr?nico,es un excelente trabajo lo que usted ha hecho con “Variety”,y se merece una compensaci?n.
        Espero que las personas colaboren econ?m?camente con el trabajo desinteresado de usted,aunque sea en peque?as cantidades. ?Cuanto gastamos en cervezas en un mes?
        Pues con solo sacar el importe de las cervezas tomadas en un solo d?a,se le podr?a est?mular al desarrollo de aplicaciones tan buenas como “Variety”.

        Un saludo,?nimo y adelante.

        Manuel Moldes F.

  2. I don’t want to register a Launchpad account, but I have the exact same problem as this guy:

    https://answers.launchpad.net/variety/+question/218181

    I tried your solution and here is what the terminal messages stated:

    …..~$ /opt/extras.ubuntu.com/variety/bin/variety -v

    INFO:variety: process_command() ‘Received command: ['-v']‘
    INFO:variety: load_banned() ‘Missing or invalid banned URLs list, no URLs will be banned’
    WARNING:variety: load_history() ‘Could not load history file, continuing without it, no worries’
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/opt/extras.ubuntu.com/variety/bin/variety”, line 46, in
    variety.main()
    File “/opt/extras.ubuntu.com/variety/variety/__init__.py”, line 87, in main
    window.start(arguments)
    File “/opt/extras.ubuntu.com/variety/variety/VarietyWindow.py”, line 117, in start
    self.thumbs_manager.mark_active(file=self.used[self.position], position=self.position)
    IndexError: list index out of range

    Thanks, I’m looking forward to getting this to work, looks great!

    • Yes, looks like a bug. Do you currently have some wallpaper image set? I managed to reproduce it by setting a solid color instead of an image for wallpaper, then running Variety – if you have a valid, existing image as a wallpaper, you should be able to run it. Please do report back if this workaround works for you. Thanks.

      • Yes, your idea worked! You were correct, I had a gradient color as a background. Variety seems to be running fine now, thanks.

  3. Excellent app Peter, I’ve been looking for an desktop program like this for some time, any plans for an ‘android’ version?

    • Yes, I would definitely want to release an Android version in the future, but I simply don’t have enough time to work that much on Variety at the moment. Besides, I’d like to finish some more functionality on the Ubuntu version that would give me better insight on how to go on with the mobile versions (usage statistics reporting, and a “Variety users’ favorites” channel which requires server-side support).

  4. Using Voyager OS fork of Xubuntu, and the current configuration has a different wallpaper for each workspace. I would prefer having the same wallpaper for each workspace and I’m not sure how to change that. Any help would be appreciated.

  5. hi, Can you make an easy to install package in other formats like rpm etc. I am using fedora18 and am not too used to installing from source. In any case, great job with the utility. :)

  6. I am using Variety and it works great. I use Ubuntu 12.04LTS and would like a different background in each workspace. When I do a google search for this the results say that Variety is capable of providing this functionality, but I cannot find how to enable it. There does not appear to be an an option in the preferences for example.

    • I don’t know where you read this, but it is not possible. GNOME does not support different wallpapers on different workspaces without heavy hacking. I find this quite stupid, but that’s the state of things.

      • Thanks very much for the definitive amswer! The confusion arose with a google search result on the keyword search “variety wallpaper changer ubuntu workspaces”:

        About Variety | Variety
        peterlevi.com/variety/about-variety/?
        Variety is a wallpaper changer for Ubuntu which is featureful, yet slim and very easy to … Variety was created by Peter Levi, for the Ubuntu App Showdown 2012. … and the current configuration has a different wallpaper for each workspace.

        Sorry for the misunderstanding.

  7. Thank you so very much for your extremely well thought-out ‘Variety’ app. This is the first wallpaper app I have been ecstatic about since my affair wih Linux and Ubuntu started 5 years ago! No other app is so flexible, easy to set-up or offers the small conveniences that one wants in wallpapare changers but rarely thinks about them! Pay-Pal time…
    Sincerely,
    Mars Bonfire
    Canada

  8. brilliant app, works really well yet really simply, but there only seems to be about 8 quotes on a loop. otherwise as i said brilliant

    • Quotes are worked on, the next version will support more sources, not only QuotesDaddy (which turned out to be a bad choice).

  9. Brilliant app. Just installed today and absolutely love it. So many features, and SO well presented; from the taskbar indicator menu to the preferences themselves, to the amount of display configurations available on the quotes/clock, and image enhancements. If this is the kind of software you put out when you “don’t have much free time”, then I wish you had a lot more free time. More Ubuntu software needs to be like this – polished and professional and fantastically written.
    My only wish is that there were a slightly-less-blur option; I wouldn’t mind toning some of the images down a bit without blurring them completely.
    Thanks for this! Will donate for this one, for sure.

    • 0.4.17 has two blur options (soft and heavy), and you can add custom filters or tweak the default ones – just check the filters section in ~/.config/variety/variety.conf. Specifically for less-blur you need to reduce the numbers in the blur filters.

      • Thanks for the speedy reply. I see the conf files for Heavy Blur, but I don’t see a Soft option anywhere. Heavy with the settings set to 1×1 (assuming that’s as low as it can go?) is still a little heavy…

        • Soft blur will be there on a fresh install of 0.4.17 – upgraded installations won’t see it. You may find it in variety_latest_default.conf in the same folder. But it uses the same ImageMagick blur command with another size setting, so if you are modifying the existing one directly, no need to look for the soft one.

          Are you sure you are editing, saving and reloading Variety correctly after the edit? 1×1 is a very very light blurring, almost unnoticeable.

          • Ah, that may be the issue. I was just using the ‘next’ function and letting it load a new image, and each one seemed to be less and less blurry after changing the values. I just noticed that after a reboot there is hardly any blur – so restarting the Variety app was definitely the problem.
            Again – thanks for the help, and for the excellent software!

  10. Ubuntu, Inkscape, IntelliJIDEA, Shotwell and this Variety are my best software list.
    I love your app !! It is great and now it is MUST-HAVE on my every Ubuntu OS.
    You did great job, really. I can see that you have put your heart into this app.
    There are many usefull options.

    My favourite features are: quotes and adjusting how they are displayed,
    blurring wallpapers so they don’t distract me,
    and list of quite good places to download wallpapers.

  11. I love this app, and I know a lot of other Ubuntu users who do as well.
    Have you considered submitting it for inclusion in the Ubuntu Software Centre?

    • It is included in USC for Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10. But the approval and update process is too slow and cumbersome and I’m not doing it anymore. What’s worth is to include it in universe repository, but I haven’t yet checked the exact procedures for this. As far as I get it, anyone from the community can volunteer for this, at the moment I don’t have the time to educate myself in the process, so I rely on a PPA instead.

  12. OUTstanding application, very well thought out and intuitive menus. I installed the current version 0.4.17 from repo. It launches perfectly and in General – Images – If I highlight my local pictures folder /home/user/pictures I see a series of photos at the bottom of my screen. But the wall paper never changes. I am running Bodhi Linux (based on U 12.04 LTS) with Enlightenment 0.17.4 desktop. Anyone have any advise? TIA , Ronin

    • Enlightenment is not supported, because there does not seem to be any standard way to change the wallpaper there from the command line. If you know a command, or can write a bash script to change the wallpaper, then you can add it to ~/.config/variety/scripts/set_wallpaper and Variety will work. Please report back here if you succeed in this.

  13. Peter I cannot seem to get a date and time to come up on a Toshiba Satellite running 12.04 LTS. Quotes come up just fine.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks for the beautiful program!
    John

    • Is ImageMagick installed and working fine? Have you modified the clock configuration in the conf file – you may try resetting it to the default by deleting the current clock_filter entry. Or run Variety in a terminal with “/opt/extras.ubuntu.com/variety/bin/variety -v” and check the log for clock-related errors.

  14. Hello Peter and thanks for the quick reply.
    Apparently I somehow did not get Imagemagick installed the first time around.
    It is now installed and Variety is working just fine.

    Thanks again and Happy Holidays to you and yours.
    John

  15. Can you add an option so you can set the command line for the background changer. This way someone like myself could specify something like “fbsetbg -a %f” with the %f being a placeholder for the filename of the wallpaper. I use Fluxbox for my window manager.

    Heck, hide it away as a power feature if you want. Anyone running Fluxbox or Openbox will have no problem editing a config file to set the wallpaper changer.

    • It is hidden just a Google search away, even this very page mentions it a few comments above – edit ~/.config/variety/scripts/set_wallpaper, read the comments at the top before changing.

    • I apologize. I can see that it is possible to do this with Variety. I came here from reading an article that only mentioned that Variety worked with Unity, Gnome, KDE and XFCE. It did not mention you could set a custom wallpaper changer.

      Great Application

  16. Hi Again.
    Still love this app. I see that it says it can be configured to use fortune for the quotes (the ones that come in the regular options are getting a little religious/preachy/sentimental for me and I’d much rather switch to fortunes humor/dirty categories!) Can’t figure out how to make it happen, though.
    Thanks !

    • Hello. Quotes are configured from Effects / Quotes / Sources and filtering, you can enter some keywords or tags there to look for or you can turn off some of the default quote sources. If by fortune you mean the Linux fortune command, it is not supported by default, it can be added via a plugin, but no one has written it yet :-) Not sure where you read it is supported, but it’s not true. If you are interested in light Python scripting – http://peterlevi.com/variety/wiki/Writing_plugins.

      • Ah.
        I did try using the filtering to filter by humor, but apparently in the selection of sources I chose there was literally only one humorous choice, so I started getting the same quote over and over (and it wasn’t even that funny!)
        Maybe I’ll look into the python plugin writing.
        This site, if you scroll down under “what’s new in this update”, seems to indicate that Variety will support “fortune file format”. I assumed that’s what this meant.
        http://www.noobslab.com/2014/01/install-variety-wallpaper-changer-in.html

        • If you hover the mouse over the local files option in quote sources you will see where you can put files with quotes in them. They should be in the same format that is used by the fortune program, this is what’s meant there. But you need to provide the files yourself. Variety comes by default with one fairly big file, that’s quite heavy on humorous quotes. But if you use only this source, keywords are not like tags, but should literally appear in the quote, so “humor” won’t work well.

  17. Everything I was looking and even more!
    There could be a detailed instruction on how to create keyboard shortcuts. I figure it out, but it was a bit tough.
    I suggest Yahoo pipes to turn RSS into a Media RSS.

  18. Variety is Great!! I just installed it today and it already works much better than my previous choice Wallch. Is there any chance of a windows edition since I would love these options on the windows platform.

  19. I would love to see Variety made for LMDE, because I’ve tried the current version aqnd it just screws up my updates, and I have no idea why. Gary

    • Hm, according to this thread, it should work OK on LMDE, I’m not sure how you have installed it. I haven’t personally tested it on LMDE, but it shouldn’t be much different from installing it on Debian and there it works fine when installed from the deb file.

      I’m not sure what the results would be if you try to add the PPA: this thread says it’s a bad idea generally.

  20. This is great!, One suggestion, Is there anyway that it could add a login for wallbase.cc so I can point it to my favourites on the site?

  21. Hello Peter. Very nice work. I want to know how I can write and post my own quotes? What is the way ? Thank you for your help. Again, great software.

    • Place txt files in ~/.config/variety/pluginconfig/quotes/ and enable the Local Files quote source. The format is like this:

      “If you want to find out who your real friends are, sink the ship. The first ones to jump aren’t your friends.”
      — Marilyn Manson
      %
      “I would rather be an artist than a leader. Ironically, a leader has to follow the rules.”
      — Criss Jami, Venus in Arms
      %

  22. Feature request: run on more than one monitor. I think it would require to duplicate almost all configuration for each monitor. Maybe allow running more than one instance and add one parameter.

  23. After re-installing on my Mint debian addition it still comes up with Ubuntu depositories not found and then my update manager comes up with a big red “X” through it. If this was made for Mint Debian it doesn’t work worth a %$#&!!!! Gary

    • It wasn’t made for Mint Debian, it was made for Ubuntu. But it works on Debian and its derivatives if you install the necessary dependencies or have configured the repositories in a way which allows the package manager to resolve them automatically. Dependencies are listed in the “Other distributions” section on the “How to install” page. For more specific instructions, you’ll have to ask some Variety-on-LMDE user, I am not familiar enough with this distro – try starting here: http://community.linuxmint.com/idea/view/4832

  24. Really great job! Thank you a lot!

  25. I just installed Lubuntu on an old P2 computer I had here and I was looking for an app to have a wallpaper changer. I found this cool app and decided to try it. Since the computer is old and does not have a network card I cannot get it on the internet. So I downloaded the variety package and decompressed it on the computer in order to try it. Unfortunately when I try to start variety from the bin folder I get a traceback error telling I have no bs4 module installed. Can you please help? I’m a newbie linux user. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  26. Is there an easy way to add a custom URL? I see some settings in the config file but there isn’t an example to add a specific file.

    For example, this page [1] posts a new wallpaper each month. I’d like to grab the image pertinent to my screen resolution and use it as my wallpaper. I have been using a cronjob to accomplish this [2] but your software looks much more capable. I just don’t see an easy way to add a custom URL.

    [1] – http://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/aviation-education-and-resources/airplane-desktop-wallpaper
    [2] – http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1409827

    Note: The above script doesn’t work anymore since the EAA changed their website. My updated script is on my work PC behind our NAT and I don’t have VPN working on this laptop yet :-/

    • Sorry, there is no way for now to add custom image sources. In the future Variety may support plugins for this.

  27. Thanks for the great work you have done on Variety. I just discovered it today and I’m amazed at all the features you have included. I hope you will be encouraged to continue to improve and promote Variety. I’m sure you will find that what you give today will come back to you in other ways in the future. Greatness comes from people doing little things well. Variety may seem like a little thing, but you have done it well!

  28. Forgive me if this has already been answered somewhere.

    I am curious if wallpapers from local folders are chosen randomly or if they are displayed in sequence. I did not see an option to set this either way.

  29. Variety really made my Ubuntu so beautiful. Something totally refreshing when ever I log into my system. Awesome job. Thanks a lot. Cheers :)

  30. terminal is rejecting commands says
    sudo: add-apt-repository: command not found

    am using linux mint 15 cinnamon. Please help

  31. Variety wont change background, add quote, or add clock & date on gnome 3 desktop on Arch Linux, filed bug report on Arch Linux Package https://bugs.archlinux.org/index.php?do=details&action=details.addvote&task_id=40978

  32. It doesn’t work very well with dual monitors when you want to span one wide wallpaper across both. You end up with the wallpaper repeated instead of spanned.

    • Set wallpaper display mode to Span in the Appearance settings of your desktop environment. Or choose whatever other mode suits you best. Variety does not override this setting, it only changes the image itself.

      • Whoa! That works! THANKS!

        Weird that I never took it off of span, so I didn’t try putting it back to span.

        This is fantastic news. I used to use Wallch, but that’s not working in Ubuntu 14.04, so I think this app will get some traffic due to that.

        Thanks for this app!!

  33. Hello,
    I just wanted to tell you you did a great job on this!
    Also, something that would be cool is in the time on the desktop to be able to set it to 12 hour time instead of 24 hour time. Also, when I put in a URL for wallpapers.net, it does not like me, and it says “Could not find wallpapers there, please check the URL”, but anyway, great app, definetly considering putting it in my distro (if i ever get around to making one :P)

  34. Well, when wallpaper-sites change the format for their pages, the convenient links in your app will continue to break (unless you’re just removing URL-based sites all-together…) If, rather than hard-coding the links into the program, the source links were in a config file or GUI editable by the user, we could fix the broken links ourselves rather than wait on another release.

    Additionally, by allowing users to set the URLs themselves, we could point to our preferred websites.

    If you go through with this, one additional thing that would help me is if we could set key variable names to ‘grep’ on in the target website. Using my EAA example above, I’d want to search on the results of links on the target page for my custom screen resolution. Perhaps add in a user-set variable or two to allow us to target the specific file we want to display.

    Hope that clears up the comment.
    -Mike

    • It is not “the links” that are hardcoded into the program, it is the scraping logic for websites, or the API calls for API-based services like Flickr. I.e. fairly big chunks of code and logic. This is something that you can expose to the users only via plugins, not by allowing them to define “custom URLs”. For example, when Wallpapers.net change their website, it is not just the format of the URLs you see in Variety that needs to be updated, it is the whole logic for downloading wallpapers from the site and even the GUI for adding it as a source.

      Regarding custom preferred websites – again, you need the whole scraping logic (or API calls logic) to have them in Variety. This can be supported with plugins, but it is not so easy to make a plugin API in a way that makes it both easy to create plugins and easy for users to use those plugins. Think about one of the existing image sources in Variety – it has a dedicated GUI to add the source, it needs to validate that whatever the users sets as parameters (e.g. Wallapers.net URL) is sensible and contains images, etc. A plugin will have to provide these things to be user-friendly. You can easily create a simple script that downloads images from site X into a folder, but such a thing does not suit the ordinary users of Variety – it needs to have a GUI to set keywords or whatever, to have the logic to actually take these into account, it needs error-checking logic, etc.

      One day Variety will support custom image sources via plugins, but not soon. It is not as easy as you see it.

      • Makes sense. Thanks for taking the time to explain the problem in harvesting images from a varity of sources. And thanks for a cool project!

  35. Hello, Peter.
    I appreciate your work and effort. Variety is one of the best wallpaper changer software.

    Good wishes, Peter, for you and ur life.

    Farman Ullah Khan,
    Malaysia.

  36. Love this app. I am new to all things linux so please bare with me. If I choose icon as “None”, how can I get to the preferences? Terminal maybe? Thanks in advance.

    Elvis.

    • Nevermind, paid more attention this time, I found your instructions.

    • Answering if anyone else stumbles on the same:
      Instructions are next to the combo for the icon. The command to get back to preferences is:
      /opt/extras.ubuntu.com/variety/bin/variety --preferences

  37. Variety works great in Ubuntu 14.04 & linuxmint 15. But after installing in linuxmint 17 LTS 64 bit, I get this error, and sometimes lose mouse/keyboard and have to cycle power to recover.

    File “/usr/lib/python2.7/urllib2.py”, line 1184, in do_open
    raise URLError(err)
    URLError:
    No such schema ‘com.canonical.unity-greeter’
    /home/sadhu/.config/variety/scripts/set_wallpaper: line 41: xfconf-query: command not found
    ^C
    ^C
    Terminating signal received, quitting…

    • Some errors may be logged to the log without interfering with the normal operation of Variety. The ones you list look normal. Do these prevent Variety from working?
      Regarding mouse/keyboard – please confirm this is related to Variety and not something else and please confirm it does not happen if you change the wallpaper manually from desktop settings many times in short intervals.

      • Not to derail this particular thread, but I couldn’t help notice what you said in the second paragraph of your reply to Sadhu concerning rapid manual change of desktop wallpaper causing the desktop to become unresponsive.

        In fact I found your software as a result of a process of elimination, believing the desktop locking condition that I was experiencing with Mint 15 64 was a bug in the wallpaper change program. I have since confirmed that the bug appears to be with the desktop itself, and specifically the function that changes the background image.

        Your question seems to suggest that this problem only manifests itself when the wallpaper is changed frequently, which is the exact configuration I was using. I have tens of thousands of images for wallpaper, so I thought changing them every 30 seconds would produce an interesting effect. This led to occasional desktop freezes. I have not tried increasing the interval as a workaround, however, and have instead just stopped using wallpaper changers in general.

        Forgive me if I am seeing more into your question than you intended, but it sounds like you know of this problem, and it is my profound hope that you might have a solution to it. If so, you would be doing me a tremendous service to share :)

        Wonderful software, I only wish I could use it without fear of this desktop bug freezing my system.

        Thank you for any help you can provide.

        • I have experienced the problem myself, yes, in Ubuntu 12.04, while I was developing the scroll-wheel-over-icon-for-next-and-previous function – in the early phases it was generating a “set-wallpaper” request to the system several times per second. This tended to crash gnome-settings-daemon pretty quickly and made me put a limit to the allowed change interval in Variety (it is now minimum 5 seconds). I have not seen the problem with such longer change intervals, but the memory remains that this might be possible, especially on slower systems, where the wallpaper change smooth transition effect might be putting significant load on the graphics stack.

          Unfortunately I have no suggestion for you. Basically what wallpaper changers do is they put higher load on the graphic systems of the machine, so if there are any bugs in the GPU drivers, in their configuration, in Compiz, in the desktop environment, in the way all these systems interact, etc. – these bugs may surface. My own experience is that proprietary GPU drivers for Linux are always buggy, both for Nvidia and ATI, and are often the culprit of various similar problems. That’s why I buy machines with integrated Intel video only, they provide good open-source drivers. But I’m not a gamer…

          Basically what you may do is debug your problem. First make it 100% reproducible – create a script that tries to change the wallpaper, say, 5-10 times per second and runs indefinitely. Run it, see if it causes a crash, then start fiddling with Compiz settings (if your system uses it), http://askubuntu.com/questions/184070/how-do-i-disable-fading-animation-when-changing-wallpapers, try changing the GPU driver if you have this option, etc, etc.

          • Greetings.

            I wanted to post this followup so that others could know the outcome of my troubleshooting efforts.

            The bug I described in my original post is indeed something within the Cinnamon desktop. I have experienced it in the versions that ship with Linux Mint 16 and 17 (Cinnamon 2.0 and 2.2, respectively). The problem does not occur with the MATE desktop at all.

            In fact, the bug in Cinnamon can manifest itself using the built-in method of changing wallpaper, without Variety (or any other wallpaper changer) being installed at all.

            sadhu: The bug may indeed have been corrected since my testing was finished. Perhaps I’ll give cinnamon another go and see if that’s the case.

            Thank you for your suggestions in troubleshooting.

          • Looks like the bug concerning wallpaper change and DE freeze have been corrected with Cinnamon 2.2. Four solid days now of wallpaper changing every minute and narry a freeze.

            All is right in the world again :)

      • To update the thread:

        At the terminal (linuxmint 17 lts 64-bit cinnamon) I entered
        sudo apt-get update
        sudo apt-get upgrade

        It took quite a while to download everything, but afterwards Variety and other buggy applications started to work normally.

        I’m going to report this on the linux mint forum.

        Thanks your help, and for a great program!

        -Sadhu!

  38. How to change Clock Time Format From 24 Hours To 12 Hours (AM/PM)

  39. Inspired by the Guardian’s short “In Praise Of…” articles in their “Comment Is Free” section (e.g. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/11/in-praise-of-supermoons), I decided to try something similar on the website for which I currently write. I am afraid you are the guinea-pig for my attempts. Please see:

    “In Praise Of… Variety” http://www.davescomputertips.com/in-praise-of-variety/

    I hope you approve.

    Martin Ward
    Minehead, UK

  40. Yes, I realised that that was probably the case, which is why I was relatively cautious, I think, in ascribing credit. So “Trilby Girl” isn’t yours – pity, I was rather hoping for an introduction…

  41. Is there a way to change the backgrounds every one or two seconds or so?

  42. Timed wallpaper change: Preferences > General tab
    Click 2nd checkbox: “Change wallpaper every [____]
    and select from the list box. {days, hours, minutes, SECONDS}

  43. Just stsrted using Variety and love it.

    Have clock displayed on Desktop but want to change display from Day – Month – Date to Day – Date – Month. Is this possible, please?

  44. Hi I have been using variety for a while now and I think it’s a great program. I recently upgraded Ubuntu to 14.04, I reinstalled variety, and it works well. I cannot seem to find the reason that it is blowing up my photos, showing just a portion of the photo as a very large image. I would like to restore the program to just showing pictures at normal full size. Can you provide any way to change this. I would like to show the clock too but the date format is wrong it shows month day year, I think the Americans use that format. I prefer the logical format of day month year, that we use in Australia. Best regards, great work, thanks a lot.

  45. Hi! I love Variety but now I am unable to use https links when using flickr. I am using 0.4.20 version.

    Is there any fix?

    Thanks!
    Andres

  46. Variety rocks. Period. Using 4.20 on Pinguy and it’s tres slick. Currently using it with two monitors, duplicating the image on each with minor cropping, which is fine.

    But I think I just caught a weirdness. Every so often when I unlock the box, the left/right monitors have switched. And some of the windows just bork, mainly terminal. When you close a terminal it leaves behind a black white space. Some windows a ghosts – the image is there, but you can’t touch them.

    I’ve put it down to nvidia generally, but just now it happened while I was on the box working, for the first time. I saw the backgrounds start to change, then poof, the screens swapped. It might be coincidence that the swapping bug happened right when Variety was updating the backgrounds …

    Anywhere I can look ? Anything to check ?

    Specifically, left is a Viewsonic VA2223wm (1920×1080) and right is a Dell 2405fpw (1920×1200) being driven by a GeForce 9500GT.

    • Since you’re the first to report such behavior I’d guess there is something borked in your setup that shows itself just under specific load which changing the wallpaper might provide.

      Generally, Variety calls your desktop env.’s command for changing the wallpaper and leaves it to the underlying systems to do the rest. The script for changing the wallpaper is at ~/.config/variety/scripts/set_wallpaper. It accepts a path to an image file. You might try putting it to some load – create a script that calls it many times in a short period. This will show if this is the underlying reason for the problem. If the problem appears this way, you may try commenting out everything in this script except for the lines relevant to your DE and check again.

  47. Thanks for writing this! I had trouble with Wallch crashing, and others I tried didn’t seem to work with Ubuntu/Unity 14.04. So far, this does what I want.

  48. Hi,
    Is it possible to use a tumblr link with variety ? thx

  49. Nice job !

    I just spent an hour trying to get wallch (another wallpaper changer) working reliably and consistently and the. finally gave up.

    Just found your app and it’s been solid so far. survived a reboot, suspend, resume and continues to work fine..

    :)

  50. I have installed variety wallpaper changer on opensuse 13.1 but I can’t understand the internals.

    I want to use variety on the desktops like GNOME, KDE, xfce and lxde, mate, cinnamon.

    When I have tried variety on GNOME, KDE it sometimes it works and at sometimes not.

    Can you please suggest how to use variety on the desktops.

  51. Nice work….. Thanks for the great app….

    I’m using variety in Ubuntu 14.04 with GNOME shell..I have some confusion with manual change of wallpaper/quote… Correct me if i’m using the nice work wrongly…

    The notification Icon/bar can be used to change manually only when the notification is turned ON. Is there any option to make the bar visible without notifications..? I have another problem that sometimes the change only visible in the desktops’ thumbnail at right side of the screen and the wallpaper and quote remains the same. Please help… Where can I find the keyboard shortcut manual..?

  52. Great program, I love it!

    Have a little bug though on two computers running KDE: the workaround image file gets destroyed on startup. When I set “change image on startup” it gets updated soon after. But I would like the program to change the wallpaper only every 5 days or so. Could you please fix that? Thank you in advance!

    • If you want it changed every 5 days you should not check “change on startup”. What happens if you uncheck it and set the change interval to 5 days? Which file gets destroyed?

      • Thank you for the reply, that was quick!

        On startup the old walpaper shows buth when variety starts, the picture /home/~/Pictures/variety-wallpaper/wallpaper-kde.jpg gets destroyed and I get a black “wallpaper”. This happens every time I start variety on both my computers. Setting the next one works though.

        Opening the file with Gwenview gives the message “Loading wallpaper-kde.jpg failed; Loading meta information failed”. Gimp also can’t handle it.

        Because the file only has 525 B I opened it with an editor, It contains of:

        8640000.0

        /usr/share/images/desktop-base/joy-wallpaper_1280x1024.svg
        /usr/share/images/desktop-base/joy-wallpaper_1600x1200.svg
        /usr/share/images/desktop-base/joy-wallpaper_1920x1080.svg
        /usr/share/images/desktop-base/joy-wallpaper_1920x1200.svg

        I started with variety 0.17, now I have the current version 0.20 from the repository. You have done some major bug solving since then, I am really enyoing it!

        Best,
        Gerrit

      • sorry, my last reply failed. The file contains a lot of xml tags which somehow got deleted. Tag names: background; static; duration 8640000.0; file; size …;

  53. I’m using this with a minimal arch install (X+i3+some utilities). I uncommented the ” feh” part of the wallpaper changer and it works without a hitch.
    However, I can’t change options through the GUI. It’s no big deal, as I am able to change them by editing the preferences files manually, but it’s a bit of a bother.
    What’s happening is that when I check an option, the check mark appears for a split second then disappears again, so I can’t know what state my options are at. Do you have any idea why this is happening and what I could do to fix it?
    If not, as I said, it’s no biggie…Variety is a great piece of software anyway :)
    Keep up the good work!

    • You’re the first to report something like this. Please report a new bug in https://bugs.launchpad.net/variety and attach a log file after running with ‘-v’, as per the instructions on the report page. We’ll go on from there. If we’re lucky, the error will be visible from the log file. If not, bad, but we’ll do something :-)

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