Install/Setup Conky On Ubuntu

In this post I will be showing you how to easily install and setup Conky on Ubuntu. For those of you who do know know, this is what Conky is:

Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop. Conky is licensed under the GPL and runs on Linux and BSD.

Install Conky

Open up a new terminal window by pressing CTRL+ALT+T and then run sudo apt-get install conky or sudo apt-get install conky-all.

Ubuntu Install Conky

Setup Conky

By default conky looks terrible (in my opinion) but there are tons of really nice themes out there that you can download and customize. In this tutorial I will be using this config.

Step 1: Start by creating a hidden folder in in your home directory, you can do this quickly and painlessly by running mkdir ~/.conkyconfigs.

Step 2: Download whatever config you are planning to use into that folder, to find it in your file manager and download window press CTRL+H.

Step 3: Test it to make sure its working properly, you can do this by running conky -c ~/.conkyconfigs/conkyrc. (The scripts name will differ depending on what you name it.)

Ubuntu Test conky Config

If everything is working properly then you can finish up by making Conky start automatically whenever you login. To do this press the windows button on your keyboard and type in “Startup Applications” and add Conky.

Conky Startup Automatically

If you reboot or logout and back in, conky should start automatically with the configuration that you downloaded.

If you liked this tutorial or have any questions please feel free to comment!