Use Android Style Live Wallpapers in Ubuntu Linux

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Android has this awesome feature of live wallpapers. These live wallpapers are capable of “changing” the background dynamically. It seems as if the background image is moving, changing. This Android feature is liked by many and Linux users have been eagerly looking for it to use it on their computers. Slidewall is an app that provides this Android style live wallpaper in Ubuntu.

In fact, Slidewall is a complete wallpaper app that can also be used for creating wallpaper slideshow in Ubuntu.

Install Slidewall in Ubutnu:

Use the following commands in termianl (Ctrl+Alt+T) to install Slidewall:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fioan89/slidewall 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install slidewall

Using Slidewall:

Using Slidewall for live wallpapers in Ubuntu is no big task. Open the application. And on the Preferences tab choose the option for “live wallpaper mode“:


In the Live Wallpapers tab, you can select some of the default live wallpapers such as live earth or a digital clock. You can also add your own custom live wallpapers here:

Here are some sample of live wallpapers on my Ubuntu 12.04 desktop:

I hope you enjoy these Android style live wallpapers in Ubuntu 12.04. Cheers :)

  • Leon

    Works in Gnome?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      I dont use Gnome so cannot say for sure but I do not see any reasons why it should not.

  • Anon

    Are there any *non-clock* ones? It seems like it’s all clocks, and something like the nexus ones would be nicer.

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  • Mohamed Morsy

    hi bro :) .. itry to install this wallpapers but i got this
    Cannot access PPA ( to get PPA information, please check your internet connection.
    (my net connection working 100%)

    and i try to fix it by write this command sudo rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/*

    nothink hapend :)
    w8 u :)

  • Mohamed Morsy

    thx for ur ans but what about (im alrdy member in domain using microtik servers ) about edit my broxy im so noop xD

  • Mohamed Morsy

    i think i can’t do it :( eny other way to setup this live wallpapers ?

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  • 3arn0wl

    Hey! I’ve just installed Slidewall – THANKYOU!!!! :)

    I’ve been looking for a version of Rotary Heart for my Desktop – you haven’t come across anything like that have you?

    • 3arn0wl

      hmm I’m struggling a bit to get it to run on startup. I presume it’s the usr/bin/slidewall path?

  • leyubaizescrat

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package slidewall


    the above is what i get dude when i try to install the side wall. when i update after adding your repository some components fail to update as indicated below :


    W: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    W: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

    PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Slidewall is not available for Ubuntu 14.04. Try other apps like Wallch.