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How to change desktop wallpaper from terminal? [Resolved]

I want to change the wallpaper of xmonad from the command line.

How can I do this?


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Asked July 21, 2019
Posted Under: Unix Linux
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You can use feh:

feh --bg-scale /path/to/wallpaper

You can also set up bash scripts to change wallpaper to random one every X minutes(I use it with feh), get random wallpaper on each boot, etc. The Arch wiki explains it nicely.


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Answered July 21, 2019

According to this Super User Q&A, you can try:

xloadimage -onroot -fullscreen /path/to/background_image

Or

xpmroot /path/to/background_image

Or, and this should work on pretty much any desktop environment:

feh --bg-fill /path/to/background_image

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Answered July 21, 2019

You can use xsetroot for simple backgrounds.

For a solid color:

xsetroot -solid black

For a bitmap:

xsetroot -bitmap filename.bmp

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Answered July 21, 2019
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