View Full Version : [xubuntu] Desktop Picture Folder Widget

July 26th, 2018, 11:23 PM
Hi all,

Does anyone know of a widget or desktop thing that will act like a small viewer for pictures stored in your pictures folder, rotating through them at certain intervals (set within the settings). I seen something similar on the KDE desktop environment but I didn't get on well with that environment because it felt very buggy and slow. However I did love the widget features for it!

Don't suppose XFCE has a similar widget system or option does it? So far I haven't managed to find it/one.



July 28th, 2018, 12:44 AM
To the best of my knowledge there no such thing as a desktop widget in XFCE. You can have the desktop "wallpaper" change among files from a specific directory at specifiable intervals.


July 28th, 2018, 02:59 AM
You could achieve this using conky and a script to select a random file from a directory.

slideshow.sh (set your pics directory and make script executable)


dir="$HOME/Pictures" # Directory
file=$(find "$dir" -type f -iname '*.jpg' -or -iname '*.jpeg' -or -iname '*.png' | shuf -n1)

cp "$file" ~/.currentpic
echo '${image ~/.currentpic -p 0,0 -s 400x300}'
exit 0

conky config Save as .conkyrc in your home folder.
(on last line set your path to slideshow.sh and set slideshow interval in secs).

background no
update_interval 1
total_run_times 0

use_xft yes
xftfont Droid Sans:bold:size=12
alignment tr
xftalpha 1.0
own_window yes
own_window_title conkyslideshow
own_window_type normal
own_window_transparent no
own_window_colour blue
own_window_hints undecorated,below,skip_taskbar,skip_pager,sticky

double_buffer yes
draw_shades yes
draw_outline no
draw_borders yes
#stippled_borders 10
gap_y 60
gap_x 20

default_shade_color blue
default_outline_color blue
default_color blue
use_spacer none
no_buffers yes
uppercase no

text_buffer_size 512
override_utf8_locale yes

minimum_size 400 300
maximum_width 400
#use_spacer left

max_user_text 4000

imlib_cache_size 0
imlib_cache_flush_interval 900

${execpi 10 $HOME/scripts/slideshow.sh}

to run


Been playing around and wrote an alternate slideshow.sh script to try. (Chooses random image without repetition)
As before....(set your image directory and make script executable)


## Randomly selects images without repetition

## If you change Image Directory delete the ~/.piclist file
## to create a new list on first run

dir="$HOME/conky/slideshow" # Image Directory
files=$(find "$dir" -type f -iname '*.jpg' -or -iname '*.jpeg' -or -iname '*.png')
uniquefiles=$(cat $HOME/.piclist | sort | uniq -u | wc -l)

## create list of images @ ~/.piclist
if [ ! -f "$HOME/.piclist" ] ; then
notify-send -i info "Created list" "$HOME/.piclist"
echo "$files" > ~/.piclist

## checks for unique files ~/.piclist. Refreshes list if none
if [ "$uniquefiles" = "0" ] ; then
echo "$files" > ~/.piclist

## select a pic and duplicate path in ~/.piclist so no longer unique
currentpic=$(cat $HOME/.piclist | sort | uniq -u | shuf -n1)
echo "$currentpic" >> $HOME/.piclist

## copy selected pic to ~/.currentpic
cp "$currentpic" $HOME/.currentpic

## output parsed by conky
echo '${image ~/.currentpic -p 0,0 -s 400x300}'
exit 0