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Meteo-Qt – An Elegant Weather App for Linux Desktops

Meteo-Qt Weather App for Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Meteo-qt is a Python 3 and Qt 5-based application for Linux desktops that displays weather information in desktop panels and desktop notifications, and a 6-day weather forecast in its own window.

Meteo-qt Weather Status

Meteo-qt Weather Status

It gets Weather information from OpenWeatherMap and is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3).

Features in Meteo Qt

  • Daily forecast with wind and cloud information.
  • 6-day weather forecast including humidity, precipitation, pressure, the wind, and cloud info.
  • Customize the font size and color in the tray menu.
  • Proxy support.
  • Desktop notifications for weather updates.
  • Temperature unit options (Celsius, Fahrenheit or Kelvin).

Install Meteo Qt on Linux Systems

Before installing Meteo you need to add its runtime dependencies to your system (assuming you don’t already have them installed) via the terminal:

On Ubuntu/Debian, Derivatives

$ sudo apt-get install python3-pyqt5 python3-sip python3-lxml

On Fedora

# dnf install python3-qt5 python3-sip python3-lxml

On Arch Linux

# pacman -S python-pyqt5 python-sip python-lxml

On openSUSE Leap

# zypper install python3-qt5 python3-sip python3-lxml

Next, clone the meteo-qt repository and install it as shown.

$ git clone https://github.com/dglent/meteo-qt.git
$ cd meteo-qt
$ sudo python3 setup.py install

How to Use Meteor Qt in Linux

You will need to sign up to OpenWeatherMap for a free personal API key that you’ll use to set up your desktop app.

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After creating your account and logging in, go to home.openweathermap.org and click on “API Keys” to copy your key from there and paste it into Meteo’s settings.

OpenWeatherMap API Key

OpenWeatherMap API Key

Remember to set the “System tray icon” option to “Temperature” if you would like to use Meteo with an app indicator to prevent the fonts and icons from being either too small or too big they overlap.

Meteo-qt Weather Settings

Meteo-qt Weather Settings

Is Meteo Qt your preferred weather app for Linux? It sure has more features than our previously covered Simple Weather Indicator. If that’s what you use because you don’t know about Meteo then you probably should take Meteo for a spin – you just might prefer it.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.