Howto have terminal as background/wallpaper on elementary OS

You want to have some nice CLI wallpaper instead of the traditional wallpaper? This guide will show you how. To have Bashop running (in the screenshot) check: Bashtop: Resource monitor for CLI.

You may also want to change the color of the panel to fit your terminal theme: Howto change the color/transparency of wingpanel.

Now to setting up elementary OS with terminal background/wallpaper. Copy/paste this command;

sudo apt install guake

You can now launch Guake from Applications —> System Tools —> Guake Terminal.

[F12] shows the Guake on/off so you can always come back to your normal Desktop. Right click on Guake and choose Preferences. Max out Height and Width. Don’t choose Fullscreen as it will cover the upper panel. You may want to play around with Appearance as well.

When you are done setting it up. Go to elementary OS System Settings —> Applications —> Startup. Add

guake --show 

to the startup. If you want bashtop to start automatically use this command instead:

guake --show -e bashtop


Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.7

Live Wallpaper on elementary OS

This guide will show you how to install run live wallpapers on elementary OS. NOTE: If you are low on RAM it’s no good idea with live wallpaper and if you’re a gamer make sure you have “gamemode” installed which you can find here.

Where to get live wallpapers? Here!

Open the terminal and type for download and installation;

cd && cd Downloads
sudo dpkg -i Komorebi_2.8-2.1a_amd64.deb

Reboot the computer.

Now opening the app to create your live wallpaper;

  1. Give a name
    2) Change “My Wallpaper is” to video.
    3) Locate the video you want to use.
    4) Give a picture for your video.

press next

Hide the clock

press next

IMPORTANT: Copy the commando it suggested.

Now starting the Live Wallpaper on your computer;


You can always change your Live wallpaper by right clicking on the Desktop.

Enjoy ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.5 – 5.1.6

Howto use Mac Mojave changing wallpaper in elementary OS

This guide will show you have to install and run Mac Mojave wallpaper that changes after what time on the day it is. Every hour it will change.

First download the wallpaper and script from here:

Next open the terminal and copy/paste;

cd && cd Downloads
mkdir -p ~/Pictures/Wallpapers
tar -xf mojave-background.tar.gz 
mv mojave-background ~/Pictures/Wallpapers
io.elementary.code ~/Pictures/Wallpapers/mojave-background/mojave.xml

Now to the more tedious thing. In the script you’ll see the paths pointing to the wallpapers, but under my username: storm. Change all of them to your username. There’s quite a lot of editing to do.

When done go to System Settings and click on Desktop. Under Wallpaper click Import Photo… Go to ~/Pictures/Wallpapers/mojave-background and pick mojave.xml

Enjoy! ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.4