Howto Set Flickr images as Ubuntu desktop wallpaper

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Webilder delivers stunning wallpapers to your Linux desktop, directly from Flickr and Webshots. You choose what keywords (tags) to watch for, and photos are automatically downloaded to your computer. Webilder can also change the wallpaper every few minutes.

Webilder Features

  • download flickr photos that match tags (for example: beach,party)
  • download photos from flickr users of your choice.
  • download most interesting photos from flickr.
  • download amazing daily proshots from Webshots (requires Webshots account).
  • automatically download new photos for you.
  • change your wallpaper every few minutes.
  • import webshots collections (wbz or wbc formats).

Install Webilder in Ubuntu

First you need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

and add the following source list which is suitable for you save the file and exit

For Ubuntu Intrepid (i386, amd64, powerpc of sparc) Users

deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main

For Ubuntu Hardy (i386, amd64, powerpc of sparc) Users

deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main

For Ubuntu Gusty (i386, amd64, powerpc of sparc) Users

deb gusty main
deb-src gusty main

For Ubuntu Feisty (i386, amd64, powerpc of sparc) Users

deb feisty main
deb-src feisty main

For Ubuntu Edgy (i386, amd64, powerpc of sparc) Users
deb edgy main
deb-src edgy main

For Ubuntu Dapper (i386, amd64, powerpc or sparc) Users

deb dapper main
deb-src dapper main

Now you need to update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install Webilder using the following command

If you are using GNOME Desktop use the following command

sudo apt-get install webilder webilder-gnome

If you are using KDE Desktop use the following command

sudo apt-get install webilder webilder-kde

This will complete the installation process

Adding Webilder to your Desktop Panel

For GNOME Users

Right-click on the GNOME panel you should see the following screen here you need to choose "Add to Panel"

Once you choose Add to Panel option you should see the following screen here under utility you need select "Webilder Webshots Applet" and click on add

Now you should see one small camera icon marked with Red added to your desktop panel

For KDE Users

From the graphics menu, start KWebilder. Go to the preferences Window, to the Advanced Tab, and select KDE wallpapers settings

Now you need to download photos from flicker for this right click on Webilder on your desktop panel and select "Download Photos" option you can see this in the following screen

Downloading Photos are in progress

Once dowload finished your desktop will start refreshing wallpapers by default 5 min if you want to change this option you need to right click on Webilder on your desktop panel and select "Preferences"

You should see the following option here you can select what time your wallpaper need to be refresh or photos download option

Some of the Flicker Wallpapers from my Ubuntu Desktop

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9 Responses

  1. Oz says:

    It very important to say that:
    Webilder is a free and open-source software released under the GPL license.

    And I’m so happy it IS! I’ve been looking for that. And until now I just use my own script…
    this is much better than my work.

  2. thegreateye says:

    I have been using Webilder for a year and it rocks…

  3. venkatesh says:

    this is really fantastic
    thanks to the guyz who provided this software

  4. Pat J says:

    Wow, this is awesome. It also works with Hardy Heron — I just had to change the “feisty” to “hardy” in /etc/apt/sources.list .

  5. janine says:

    Hi. Will Webilder work with Ubuntu 8.10?

  6. Zach says:

    i can’t seem to find any intrepid debs. can anyone point me to them?

  7. ontognosy says:

    i’m using intrepid, and these worked for me:

    deb intrepid main
    deb-src intrepid main

    good stuff. thanks.

  8. Dan says:

    Everything is installed and configured but it won’t show any wallpapers in KDE or GNOME.

  9. J G Miller says:

    If one is not running GNOME or KDE and wishes to use an
    external program eg “xli” to display the image in the root window background, then go to

    Webilder Desktop -> Tools -> Preferences -> [Advanced]

    Click the radio button for

    * Set a wallpaper by running

    and enter the command in the text box, eg for xli

    /usr/bin/xli -border “#222a2a” -fullscreen -onroot -quiet “%f”

    Aduust the border color to your own preference but note that the double quotes are essential around the color if specified using the #rrggbb format, and around the file name parameter %f

    Obviously this facility could be used to point to a shell script which could do all sorts of neat tricks as well as displaying the file in the root window eg playing a sound to alert you to the change of root background, or whatever you would like executed at the frequency selected for changing the root window wallpaper.

    As the deb packages for Webilder may no longer be available and Ubuntu has moved on, the best option is to download the source code 0.6.3 and compile it and install yourself, preferably under /usr/local with STOW management.

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