How to Install Conky on Ubuntu Linux

Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop as text, or using simple progress bars and graph widgets, with different fonts and colours. You can use conky to display CPU, memory, swap, disk space, temperature, top, upload, download, system messages, world time, calendars, email notifications, weather, battery status and more. Using this you can change your plain desktop into a live wallpaper. These are lots of theme available for conky to change the look and feel of your live desktop.

Conky on ubuntu

Install conky on Ubuntu:

1.Open Terminal.To open terminal press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[t]. It will open the terminal app. In the terminal, type the below command in terminal and hit enter.

sudo apt-get update

If needed type your Ubuntu password. Then run the below code in terminal to install conky.

sudo apt-get install conky

During the installation process if asked type y and hit enter to confirm conky installation.

To start conky run the below command in terminal.


You can run conky in background via this command.

conky -d

You can stop conky via this command.

pkill conky

Fix Conky disappears on clicking desktop Problem

Some times after the installation, conky suddenly disappears from your screen after you clicking the any part of your desktop.

To fix this issue, open your file manager in root mode by running this command.

sudo -E nautilus

if you on xfce or using thunar, then run below

sudo -E thunar

and navigate to


open the conky.conf with your favorite text editor. example: gedit . If don’t have gedit then install it via

sudo apt-get install gedit

And inside the conky.config = { } add the below lines

own_window_type = 'desktop',
own_window_type = override,
own_window = yes,
own_window_type = normal,
own_window_transparent = yes,
own_window_hints = undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager,
own_window_colour = '000000',
own_window_argb_visual = yes,
own_window_argb_value = 0,

Save that file and close it then stop and start conky or restart your system.

Note: Conky will  look for a local ~/.conkyrc file first and if it doesn’t exist, then it will look the default – /etc/conky/conky.conf. So if you want (this is optional),  you can also create .conkyrc folder in your home directory and put all conky settings in that directory.

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You can change all the things via Conky configuration file.It is completely text-based application. It is extremely configurable but for the new users it looks a complex process. But don’t worry , you change the config files via GUI by using Conky Manager.

Install Conky Manager on Ubuntu:

Open your terminal and run this command to add its PPA on your system.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa

Press the enter key to confirm the addition of this PPA on your ubuntu system. Then run the below command.

sudo apt-get update

After that run the below command to install the latest version of Conky Manager on Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get install conky-manager

Note: If you get E: Unable to locate package conky-manager error then follow the below installation method to install conky manager.

Open terminal, In terminal type the below code and hit enter.


Then run the below command in terminal

sudo dpkg -i realpath_8.26-3ubuntu4_all.deb conky-manager-v2.4-amd64.deb

After that

sudo apt -f install

After the successful installation of Conky Manager, click the show applications in the Ubuntu Gnome dock and type Conky Manager in the search box and click Conky Manager to open it.

You can also install conky manager using below PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mark-pcnetspec/conky-manager-pm9
sudo apt-get install conky-manager

Start Conky on System Startup

You can start or run the conky on your system by enabling the Run Conky at system startup  option in conky manager.

Click the Applications setting-> Run Conky at system startup.

You can find more conky themes using below links

Conky Themes:

Download Conky themes

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  1. Will

    Dude, you rock. You don’t know how many bogus instructions I had to slog through until I found yours. Thank you…

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