A lot of folks love using Bing’s image of the day as their desktop wallpaper, a task that the app we’re looking at today makes incredibly easy on Ubuntu.
Now, this idea isn’t new; I think I’ve written about every Bing wallpaper app ever created for Linux at one time or another. From cron jobs and python scripts through to GNOME Shell extensions and fully-fledged desktop apps.
On paper BingWall, the subject of this post, looks no different. Once installed it lets you download Bing’s featured photo of the day and set it as your desktop background.
So far, so same-y.
But this app has a few tricks up its sleeve that make it a touch more versatile that similar tools I’ve mentioned in the past.
A(nother) Bing Wallpaper App for Ubuntu
The biggest selling point of this Bing wallpaper app over other Bing wallpaper apps is that it’s up-to-date. As in working. As in maintained. A lot of the Bing wallpaper tools featured on this site have fail to keep pace with Bing API changes so regularly break.
BingWall has a simple, straightforward UI — that it has a UI at all is important; many similar utilities run in the background with no visible indication. And although designed for use on the GNOME Shell desktop the app is built in Qt.
Using the tool you can view the Bing image of the day for 10 different countries because, trivia time, the image shown on the homepage actually differs based on your location.
- View the Bing photo of the day for 10 countries
- Downloads images and save them to an accessible location
- Browse/set images as wallpapers from inside the app
- Dark theme support
Pretty solid feature set, overall.
You can install BingWall on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and above from the Snap Store by clicking this button:
Alternatively, to install BingWall on Ubuntu from the command line, run:
sudo snap install bing-wall
Once installed, launch BingWall to start enjoying the various images of the day picked by the search engine and effortlessly set them as your desktop wallpaper.