Use Conky In GUI in Ubuntu 13.04 With Conky Manager

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Conky is a light weight free system monitor available on Linux and BSD. It can display the system information and statistics in such an elegant way. In fact, if you want Android like wallpapers in Ubuntu, you should really try Conky. Now, the problem with Conky is that it is more of a text based application. Which means you have to change its configuration file to tweak the display. The complex way of installing and configuring Conky usually scares away the Linux beginners.

Don’t be dishearten beginners. In this “app of the week” article I am going to show you an application that lets you use Conky through a GUI. This application, Conky Manager, works pretty much the same way as wallpaper applications in Ubuntu. It comes with a predefined set of Conkys and has the option of importing more Conky themes in it. Tutorial to use Conky in GUI is performed on Ubuntu 13.04 but it should be applicable to other versions as well as other Linux distributions based on Ubuntu as well.

Install Conky Manager in Ubuntu:

Conky Manager has been developed by Tony of TeeJee Tech. You can install Conky Manager using the official PPA by using the following commands in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install conky-manager

You don’t need to install COnky prior to using Conky Manager. If you don’t have it installed, it will be installed with Conky Manager itself. In case you want to uninstall Conky Manager, you can delete or remove the PPA.

Using Conky in GUI with Conky Manager:

Once installed, you can start Conky Manager from the Unity Dash:

Use Conky in GUI with Conky Manager Ubuntu

As I said before, using Conky Manager is same as using a wallpaper application. There are mainly three tabs to use: Theme, Edit and Options.

Theme:

It comes with a predefined set of 11 Conky themes. Using them is very easy. All you got to do is to select a theme and check the “enable” box in front of it and it will be displayed on your desktop immediately. Alternatively, you can also preview a Conky which opens up in a different tab rather than on your desktop.

Use Conky with GUI in Ubuntu with COnky Manager

Some themes also give option to enable/disable specific widgets on the such as memory usage, disk usgae thus giving you more control on what is to be displayed on the desktop.

Edit:

In Edit tab, you can change the alignment, transparency, size, time etc of the displayed Conky theme and/or its widget. This is important as most of the themes have a predefined settings which might not be suitable for all. So if you want the Conky to be displayed at centre rather than on the right side of the screen, you can do that here.

Use Conky in GUI with Conky Manager

Options:

Options tab has three main functionality. You may want to start the Conky at startup time so that you won’t have use Conky Manager each time. You can select this option here by checking the Run Conky at system startup box. If you want to stop using Conky, you can choose the option of Kill Conky.

Use Conky in GUI with Conky Manager

Conky Manager comes with 11 default Conky themes. What of you want more Conkys? Conky Manager gives you the option of importing other Conky themes in it. The only restriction is that it must be in .cmtp.7z format. For the start, you can download a bunch of Conky themes from here.

Over all, I found Conky Manager easy to use and quite useful. It has some nice Conkys to start with. It is a nice app for beginners to use Conky in GUI. What you say? Do you like it? Let me know of your views.

Structured Data, Review
Title: Use Conky In GUI in Ubuntu 13.04 With Conky Manager
Reviewed by Abhishek Prakash on Jul 28
Rating: 4.5
Summary: Conky Manager best available app to use Conky in GUI.
Description: Easy to use, lots of configuration option along with the ability to import Conky themes, Conky Managers is the best app for beginner Linux users to try Conky in GUI.
  • http://iphulz32.blogspot.com/ Saiful Habib

    cool, i’ll try it

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      :)

  • Matt Tucci

    Fun,fun! Conky Seamod. I had tried it before and I didn’t know enough, thanks for the knowledge.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      You are always welcome Matt.

  • urwa shabir

    Hi,
    after i did the installation, my shell theme still show nothing :/
    Any help would be appreciated.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Did it happen after installing Conky Manager?? I see no relation between the two.

  • vangelis

    Hi, I installed conky and themes on ubuntu 13.04 32bit and observed the following: Every time i use the “show desktop” icon the conky widget(s) move upside! Also every time i boot ubuntu i found the conky widget moved from its current position.I also found (by chance) that when i have pressed the virtual desktop button, i am able to move to any direction i want the conky widgets on dektop(s)! Everything else works fine.I just don’t know if this only in my amd machine or it’s a bug.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      I missed your comment. Sorry for that.
      Did you try the alignment option to change the position?

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  • Felipe V

    Very Useful. Thanks

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Felipe.

  • Federico

    Very useful, Thanks. Can you give me the wallpaper?

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  • Angel Cano

    I tried to install conky-manager on ubuntu 13.04 64bits. Added the repository and updated, but ubuntu couldn´t find the conky-manager package. I did it on terminal and synaptics with no success

  • Argusvision

    If you want to download the 7zip file and avoid the annoyance of visiting the mediafire website, Open a terminal and use:
    wget http://download1263.mediafire.com/27i452ei5plg/5yb5ambg6h4jack/Deluxe_Conky_Theme_Pack.cmtp.7z

  • slackattack07

    This is great, thanks!

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome :)

  • nono

    great

  • peter

    Looks very handy! If I install this will my existing conky theme get deleted?
    Also, is there an option to add themes and have them show on the menu?

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      You can add new themes which have been packaged for conky manager, It should not affect the existing conky themes.

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  • Luciano Sebastian Porta Correa

    Thanks dude :)

  • Mystel

    When I tried to install conky-manager, it was showing the below error.

    mystel@trance-former:~$ sudo apt-get install conky-manager
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    conky-manager : Depends: conky-all but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    I searched a lot to resolve this issue. Finally I found this similar issue in a thread. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2220271

    I too had audacious installed. So I removed it and then tried again. It worked fine. Just thought of sharing it in case anyone has this issue. BTW I am using Ubuntu 14.04