Linux Apps

WallpaperDownloader – Download and Manage Desktop Wallpapers

WallpaperDownloader for Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

I’ve covered some wallpaper downloaders and managers here before including Random Wallpaper and Desk Changer. But as you probably already know, there is almost always an alternative app, and today we bring you yet another one that is efficient and easy to use. If you haven’t decided on your default wallpaper downloader yet then you should read on.

If you are still in the market for a wallpaper downloader then you read on.

WallpaperDownloader is an open source Java-based wallpaper downloader that also serves as a wallpaper manager.

It features an intuitive-enough UI with controls that allow you to download wallpapers based on preferred screen resolutions, keywords, image size, and picture providers.

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It was built by Eloy García Almadénalso to include the feature to change wallpapers at prescribed intervals, an option to set a default directory for the wallpapers, and notification settings, among other options.

It works beautifully with GNOME, Unity, XFCE, KDE Plasma, and Mate so be rest assured it will work properly with your desktop environment.

Features in WallpaperDownloader

  • FOSS: free to download and use with source code available on BitBucket.
  • Option to download wallpapers at set intervals.
  • Multiple wallpaper providers.
  • Filter wallpapers by custom screen resolutions.
  • Filter wallpapers by search type: relevant, newest, etc.
  • Option to set download directory.
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If you are interested in the rest of WallpaperDownloader’s features then grab yourself a copy for a test run.

Installation is not available with a GUI option yet but it isn’t difficult. Just run your distro-specific command in a new terminal window as given below:

On Debian/Ubuntu and Other Derivatives

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:eloy-garcia-pca/wallpaperdownloader
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt install wallpaperdownloader

On Arch Linux / Manjaro/ Antergos

$ yaourt wallpaperdownloader

Edit

I warned previously not to close the app while it is running, not knowing there is a “minimize” button on the bottom of the app window.

As the developer, Eloy wrote in the comments section,

If you click on it, the application will go directly to the system tray and will provide an icon to interact with it directly without having the main window visible. It is very handy if you don’t want to have the application messing around the desktop.

I look forward to hearing about your experience with WallpaperDownloader in the comments section below.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.

  • egarcia

    Hi Martin! Thank you very very much for the review!!!! I’m glad you enjoy WallpaperDownloader 🙂

    I would like to add something to it: The GUI has a button below called “Minimize”. If you click on it, the application will go directly to the system tray and will provide an icon to interact with it directly without having the main window visible. It is very handy if you don’t want to have the application messing around the desktop 🙂

    Best regards,

    Eloy

    (Screenshot for my GNOME Shell System Tray)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1e9813b3c68ca057ebd976435abcfd6b957127e00481d7f1559f5bd33a9a9ad8.png

    • Martins Divine Okoi

      Hi Egarcia,
      Thanks for your contribution. I have updated the post to reflect it.

      Oh, and yeah – nice app 🙂 Keep up the good work.

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