How to Install and Configure Conky Lua theme in Ubuntu 12.04

Conky lua on Ubuntu 12.04

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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:
sudo apt-get install conky-all
  • 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”)

Download Conky lua

  • 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).

Extract Ubuntu folder

  • Open extracted folder and rename the file called “conkyrc” to “.conkyrc” and then move it to your system’s home directory.

Rename conkyrc to .conkyrc

  • 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

Conky 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:
gedit .conky

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


ubuntu startup applicatios

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.

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8 Responses to How to Install and Configure Conky Lua theme in Ubuntu 12.04

  1. Abdul Qoyyuum Haji Abdul Kadir July 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Thanks for the share! My desktop now looks pretty! Tried a different conky theme. 🙂

    • abhi August 18, 2012 at 12:17 am #

      hiii am newbee using ubuntu 12.04 please help me-

      the step i am facing problem with

      Now open the “.conkycr” with text editor (Right click on the
      file and select “Open With Text Editor”) or run the fallowing command in

      gedit .conky

      showing error
      in the text editer
      /home/abhi/.conky is directory
      please cheak that u typed the location correctly and try again

      thanking in advance

  2. Manish A.Shetty July 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Doesnot work.i get the error

    Conky: desktop window (c00023) is subwindow of root window (ae)
    Conky: window type – normal
    Conky: drawing to created window (0x2e00001)
    Conky: drawing to double buffer

    • James July 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

      Try to changing
      own_window_type override
      own_window_type normal
      in Conky configuration file

  3. Mandy Ivy July 20, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    this works just fine except the rings dont show up. so the logo and all the stats and the clock and everything is there, just not the pretty part with the rings. wtf?

    • saimoom August 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

      Yap, same problem here :'(

  4. tharchaw August 1, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    thank you very much. i am finished install good nice.

  5. qwerty July 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    the author of this article is a complete asshole, and is what’s wrong with linux: nothing fucking works, and nobody provides decent instructions on anything.

    “.conkycr” with text editor? WTF is this?


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