Real-time Sunlight Wallpaper

A simple but useful application which retrieve an image from the internet and set it as a wallpaper every 30 minutes.

Install Real-time Sunlight Wallpaper in ubuntu 10.10/10.04

Open the terminal and run the following commands

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:realtime.sunlight.wallpaper/rsw
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install gtk-sunlight

Launch from:Applications->Accessories->Real-time Sunlight Wallpaper


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9 Responses

  1. 20cronos says:

    Great little app !

    If only the pics were bigger… it looks ugly on my 1920×1200 screen 😛

    Anything similar with higher resolution ?

  2. hey!!! I’m the developer of RSW. Thank you for the post.


    I have a 1920×1080 and the resolution on my screen is just fine. Did you try on changing the style in Ubuntu settings?

    System->Preferences->Appearance and go to the “Background” tab and change the style there.

  3. munky says:


    You pull the map off the net every 30mins. If they made it higher res the more bandwidth they’ll need.

    That said.. Im trying it and it doesnt seem to pull the pic down at all(doesnt update).

  4. 20cronos says:

    @Carles Sentis: thanks for the input. I looked at it and when I set the background to centered (no stretching), the image doesn’t fill the entire screen. The size of the image looks like 1600×800 with the Mercator projection, and about the same with the others.

    Do you know the resolution of the images you pull down ?

  5. lefty.crupps says:

    Can you post a screenshot of what the actual desktop looks like? It seems to appear, in the setup screenshot, a lot like Marble Desktop in KDE…

  6. Marty says:

    A much more customizable and bandwidth-friendly version of the same effect can be created with xplanet ( and may be in your repos already)

    Here’s an image of my current background, with recent earthquakes, a real-time moon-phase, and the constellation the sun is in (behind the earth). It’s a multi-step process, but it all happens in the background.

  7. Marty says:

    Oh, and the cloud-map is semi-realtime… it’s updated every three hours. It;s not a lot of work, and if you just want a mercator or other projection daylight map, xplanet handles that with ease. (no need to get all crazy like I did)

  8. @cronos

    The pixels of the images changes depending on the image. Most of them are 1600 x(800-600) just like you said, but they should display just fine you stretch them to fit your screen


    I’m aware of xplanet and it’s features but the end product is different on both applications. That’s why a develop RSW. It’s just a matter of taste.

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