Conky is a free and light-weight system monitor for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions, that displays any information on your desktop with graphical interface. Conky is very popular among Ubuntu users and there are many beautiful themes available for it that can display your system information such as CPU usage, RAM usage, Clock, swap, disk, network monitor and more. My favorite theme for Conky is called Conky Lua which allows to display system information on nice rings. This Conky theme works on Ubuntu, Linuxmint, openSUSE, Debian and fedora.
In this brief tutorial I will show you how to install and configure Conky theme called Conky Lua. The test installation has been done in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin but the same process should work on Ubuntu 10.04 and later versions.
- First you must install Conky on your Ubuntu powered machine
- Open terminal in Ubuntu (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following command:
- Download Conky Lua theme from this link
- Open your download folder and extract files from downloaded archive file. (right click on archive and select “Extract here”)
- Now open “Conky-lua” folder and extract files from archive “Conky ubuntu-lua” if you use Ubuntu 12.04 or other if you use different Linux destitution (Linuxmint, openSUSE, Debian or fedora).
- Open extracted folder and rename the file called “conkyrc” to “.conkyrc” and then move it to your system’s home directory.
- Open home directory and unhide hidden files (View -> Show Hidden Files)
- Create a new folder called “.conky” on a home directory and copy the other 2 files (new-ubuntu-logo.png and clock_rings.lua) from “Conky ubuntu-lua” folder to newly created folder
- Now open the “.conkycr” with text editor (Right click on the file and select “Open With Text Editor”) or run the fallowing command in terminal:
Replace the script patch to the new one in the Ubuntu home folder
Conky Lua installation in Ubuntu 12.04 is completed and now you can open the terminal and type the fallowing command to run Conky
Enable Conky on startup
By default Conky won’t run on startup so you have to enable it.
Open “Dash home” and search for “startup applications”. Open it and then add the following command
Now you can enjoy Conky Lua installed on your Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin powered system.
This tutorial looks long but it takes less than 5 minutes to install Conky and its Conky Lua configuration.