Animated wallpaper on Linux Desktop with XWINWRAP

Animated Wallpaper on Linux Desktop with XWINWRAP:

Download and Install xwinwrap to have animated wallpaper from shantz-xwinwrap @

Alot of people seem to be having problems with this app with icons, well for me I don't use icons anyways,
and even in this article I assume if you do try it, that you don't use icons, for me its just more clean anyways.

You can actually use a media player like mplayer to play a video as the background if you like with xwinwrap app, however for this example I keep it simple by using the matrix screen saver found in most linux distros, especially debian and debian based ones.

At the website it instructs to using:

- To run glmatrix in fullscreen wallpaper mode

$ ./xwinwrap -ov -fs -- /usr/lib/xscreensaver/glmatrix -root -window-id WID

- To run glmatrix in a small window wallpaper mode

$ ./xwinwrap -ov -g 400x400+400+200 -- /usr/lib/xscreensaver/glmatrix -root -window-id WID

- To run glmatrix in small circle wallpaper mode

$ ./xwinwrap -ov -g 400x400+400+200 -sh circle -- /usr/lib/xscreensaver/glmatrix -root -window-id WID

- To run glmatrix in small triangular wallpaper mode

$ ./xwinwrap -ov -g 400x400+400+200 -sh triangle -- /usr/lib/xscreensaver/glmatrix -root -window-id WID

However, I ran into some problems and I tried several combinations of the options, I would get the whole screen with the animation eating up all my windows/apps/panels even, I found a solution that works, but as I said earlier, I do not use nor have tested it with icons, try the following command if it works out for you:

To run:

$ xwinwrap -ni -o 1 -fs -s -st -sp -b -nf -- /usr/lib/xscreensaver/glmatrix -root -window-id WID

To stop use pkill as below:

$ pkill xwinwrap

(Tested working in LMDE LinuxMint XFCE 4.8, Debian Sid (Unstable) KDE 4.8)

- I suggest using ALT+F2 and inputting the command/s there, instead of on console prompt, however if you do use a console append an "&" w/o the quotes a the end with a space separating it from the rest, this will indicate to run it on the background so that you wont kill the program by terminating console when you do.
$ xwinwrap -ni -o 1 -fs -s -st -sp -b -nf -- /usr/lib/xscreensaver/glmatrix -root -window-id WID
$ xwinwrap -ni -o 1 -fs -s -st -sp -b -nf -- /usr/lib/xscreensaver/glmatrix -root -window-id WID &
- The $ sign at the start of the command is to signify the terminal's prompt, no need to type this in.


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