Like wet Gremlins snacking after midnight, there are some categories of apps where the amount of choice available borders on crazy .

Wallpaper changing applications are very much of this breed, so what makes ‘Wallpaper Gallery’ – a new ‘timed wallpaper changer’ app for Ubuntu – more Gizmo and less manic Mogwai?



It’s the headline feature and one that really sold this app to me; I have a large library of images in Shotwell and rather than make me sift through them Wallpaper Gallery only asks me to select tag(s) – and does the rest.


Other features/options present include: –

  • View and edit Shotwell image title
  • Overlay image title on wallpaper
  • Set random or sequential image display
  • Specify transition rate
  • Ability to exclude images smaller than screen size
  • Set program to auto-run on login


Adding the application from PPA is easy. Open a new Terminal session and enter: –

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:olmecs/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wallpapergallery

Alternatively grab a .deb package @

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