GNOME 3: Change wallpaper periodically

posted on bydotcs

If you are using GNOME 3 and you want to periodically change your desktop background using images in a folder, this is for you.

Put this script somewhere and make it executable.

#!/usr/bin/env bash

# You need to adjust this path
WALLPAPER_FOLDER=/path/to/your/wallpaper/folder

# https://askubuntu.com/a/1073769/277761
PID=$(pgrep gnome-session | tail -n1)
export DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=$(grep -z DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS /proc/$PID/environ|cut -d= -f2-)

FILE_PATH=`ls $WALLPAPER_FOLDER | shuf -n 1`
FILE_URI="file://$WALLPAPER_FOLDER/$FILE_PATH"
/usr/bin/gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri $FILE_URI

Then create a cronjob that executes this script periodically, e.g. by using this line:

*/10 * * * * /path/to/your/file.sh

And you're done. Have fun!

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