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CONKY-COLORS by helmuthdu CONKY-COLORS by helmuthdu
Now it's easy to customize your desktop!

Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop.

CONKY-colors is an easier way to configure Conky.

This conky script support multilanguage:
Bulgarian, English, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian

How to install
Go to a terminal and type:
$sudo apt-get install aptitude python-keyring python-statgrab ttf-ubuntu-font-family hddtemp curl lm-sensors conky-all
$sudo chmod u+s /usr/sbin/hddtemp
$sudo sensors-detect #answering Yes (default) to all questions, even that last one that defaults to No

Now restart your session

Download and extract the and type in terminal in the same directory that has been extracted.
$sudo make install
$conky-colors {options}

$conky-colors --help [for help]

Ex: if your cpu is quad-core and you want the noble color, with hd, network and pidgin monitor and all in portuguese
conky-colors --theme=gnome-noble --lang=en --cpu=4 --network --hd=default --pidgin

For a working photo widget you need to specify a file or directory in conkyPhoto or conkyPhotoRandom script in ~/.conkycolors/bin/

Update your font cache:
$sudo fc-cache -v -f

+++ Kaivalagi's Scripts (Included in conky-colors) +++
Conky SSL Mail Script:…
Conky Pidgin Script:…
Conky Rhythmbox Script:…
Conky Banshee Script:…
Conky Exaile Script:…
+++ If you can, say thanks to him for this great work +++

in terminal type conky -c ~/.conkycolors/conkyrc.

To run conky at startup, go to System > Preferences > Startup Applications, click "Add" and add the path to the conkyStart file[/usr/share/conkycolors/bin/conkyStart]

that's all folks!

conky-colors --cpu=2 --calendar --photord --clementine=cd --hd=default --network --theme=wise
conky-colors --sls --weather=brxx0043 --theme=orange
conky-colors --cairo --cpu=2 --clock=cairo --network --theme=blue
conky-colors --ring --network --theme=red
conky-colors --slim --w=1440 --h=900 --theme=white --weather=brxx0043
conky-colors --board --w=1440 --h=900 --theme=cyan

Lua/bash scripts work with conky 1.8.1, but most of the python scripts still doesnt;
SLS MODE only work with lm-sensors configured
The position of the photo and cover may be wrong bc in ubuntu the space between the widgets is different from Archlinux



* Complete new icon set, replaced most of the fonts with the new conkycolors font family;
* Widgets review;
* Refactory all hd scripts to use python 3;
* Many, many, many bugfixes;
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wimvanleuven Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
Looks gorgeous! I wans trying this out on Ubuntu MATE, so worked around the python-grabstats issue (…) and some snprintf without format string in the code.

I just wanted to let you know!
vrakitaz Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is great, thanks!!!

I found… super helpfull with finding a location code for weather. ;)
xijunw Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
For those who use mint 17 got "Unable to locate package python-statgrab", download and install the below 2 packages with gdebi:……
andreya96 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 17, 2014
sudo apt-get install python-statgrab
Unable to locate package python-statgrab

how to fix this???

Same here. Ubuntu 14.04.

Edit: It looks like it was removed from the 14.04 repositories because it's not yet ready for libstatgrab 0.90 API. I don't know if it can be compiled from source instead, but this explains why it's not yet available.
philippe972 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
i want to know is this script is available on fedora 20 ?
roiikkata Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you just taught me the basics of using conky by reading the info here and some of the questions answers in the comments

so awesomme .. O _ O .. lol .. 

heres the screenshot of mine i uploaded on tinypic just now

Rosesnakes Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
I have Ubuntu 13.10.
I followed the instructions step by step, but when i try to start the program with the command  "-c ~/.conkycolors/conkyrc", the terminal repeats this message to me many times:

/usr/share/conkycolors/bin/conkyYahooWeather: 22: /usr/share/conkycolors/bin/conkyYahooWeather: Syntax error: "(" unexpected (expecting "fi")
Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_main execution failed: /usr/share/conkycolors/scripts/conkySlim.lua:37: assertion failed!

what can be the problem?

Thank you!
roiikkata Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
try it all again and read carefully
some things in the instructions arent step by step, theyre reminders or separate instructions for something else

maybe uninstall and reinstall it
i have 13.10, also . im actually on it right now

what it looks like to me is that it needs to be reinstalled and you followed the directions step by step instead of understanding them .. theyre hard to explain so i wont do it myself, on here ..
jimkf90 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Hello! I am thoroughly enjoying this conky script (thank you!), but there is a small annoyance I wish I knew how to fix.

When using --calendarm, the icon is a garbled star, and not the calendar icon I get when using --calendar. My brain cannot comprehend a calendar where sunday is the first day of the week, but --calendarm ruins my beautiful desktop. I wish I could fix the --calendarm-icon.

Any help would be appreciated!
EvgeniusDragon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Oo strange. When I change in this string -

if (device is "/"):
if(device == "/"):

the named device "/" to "Root" work good!

I dont know why, but I tested this simple examle:

Python 2.7.3 (default, Jan 2 2013, 13:56:14)
[GCC 4.7.2] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> device = "/"
>>> if (device is "/"):
... devicename="Root"
>>> print (""+devicename+"")

And this work fine.
Sorry for my baaaad english.
EvgeniusDragon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
And whe is script conkyIP?

PS. Output conkyHD1 after exec

${voffset 4}
${voffset -10}${offset 0}${color0}${font ConkyColors:size=15}i${font}${color}${offset 6}${voffset -10}: ${font Ubuntu:style=Bold:size=8}${color1}${fs_free_perc /}%${color}${font}

${voffset -10}${offset 1}${color0}${fs_bar 4,17 /}${color}${offset 10}${voffset -2}F: ${font Ubuntu:style=Bold:size=8}${color2}${fs_free /}${color}${font} U: ${font Ubuntu:style=Bold:size=8}${color2}${fs_used /}${color}${font}

${voffset -10}${offset 0}${color0}${font ConkyColors:size=15}i${font}${color}${offset 6}${voffset -10}Home: ${font Ubuntu:style=Bold:size=8}${color1}${fs_free_perc /home}%${color}${font}

${voffset -10}${offset 1}${color0}${fs_bar 4,17 /home}${color}${offset 10}${voffset -2}F: ${font Ubuntu:style=Bold:size=8}${color2}${fs_free /home}${color}${font} U: ${font Ubuntu:style=Bold:size=8}${color2}${fs_used /home}${color}${font}

${voffset -10}
EvgeniusDragon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Hm, In Debian 7.4 I have some bug with device name "/". In old versions the "/" has named "Root". In 9.0 line with root device name is empty
DevMigue Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
It is posible to use SLS mode without show the battery?
emilniemi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
It doesn't work for me when I try run.

user~cpu:~$ conky -c ~/.conkycolors/conkyrc.
Conky: invalid configuration file '/home/user/.conkycolors/conkyrc.'

Conky: desktop window (140001d) is subwindow of root window (80)
Conky: window type - desktop
Conky: drawing to created window (0x3800001)
Conky: drawing to single buffer

Seems like it hasn't created any conkyrc file in that folder. Even though I followed this step to step. I am running Ubuntu 13.10 with Gnome 3.8 and Conky 1.9
Any solution?
DevMigue Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Its my imagination or are wrirint a '.' in the conkyrc?
When i run it im in ~ and just use "conky -c .conkycolors/conkyrc"
wrelias Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
emilniemi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
When I do that command though, it does show up on desktop, a black background with white ugly text with information of my computer. And when I click somewhere on desktop it disappear.
DaHag Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013   General Artist
Brilliant work! Thank you for sharing!
gsruthin Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
rocking dude , btw how to set bottom one ?
rlolachi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Thanks for all your hard work on this. Perhaps I'm being very foolish but following your examples in the instructions I can successfully run all modes except "slim" when running on Ubuntu 13.10 (AMD64) with Conky 1.9.0 Whenever I try to run the slim mode the only thing that appears is the digital clock and load of the same error about Yahoo Weather, which I don't understand as it works perfectly in other modes.

ramin@EMD-E6:~/Downloads/Apps/conky_colors$ conky-colors --slim --w=1200 --h=800 --theme=white --weather=brxx0043
Your conkyrc was copied to /home/ramin/.conkycolors
Generated configuration files are copied to /home/ramin/.conkycolors

To run conky-colors and conky type:
conky -c /home/ramin/.conkycolors/conkyrc
ramin@EMD-E6:~/Downloads/Apps/conky_colors$ conky -c ~/.conkycolors/conkyrcConky: desktop window (2600006) is subwindow of root window (242)
Conky: window type - normal
Conky: drawing to created window (0x6000002)
Conky: drawing to double buffer
Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/50-user.conf", line 14: reading configurations from ~/.fonts.conf is deprecated.
/usr/share/conkycolors/bin/conkyYahooWeather: 22: /usr/share/conkycolors/bin/conkyYahooWeather: Syntax error: "(" unexpected (expecting "fi")
Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_main execution failed: /usr/share/conkycolors/scripts/conkySlim.lua:37: assertion failed!
/usr/share/conkycolors/bin/conkyYahooWeather: 22: /usr/share/conkycolors/bin/conkyYahooWeather: Syntax error: "(" unexpected (expecting "fi")
Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_main execution failed: /usr/share/conkycolors/scripts/conkySlim.lua:37: assertion failed!
[Keeps repeating same error until terminated]

Am I doing something wrong here?
liyincc Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Hello everyone
liyin@liyin-Satellite-L700:~$ cd conky_colors
liyin@liyin-Satellite-L700:~/conky_colors$ make
cc -Wall -std=c99 src/conky-colors.c src/conkycover.c src/conkyplayer.c src/conkyrc_cairo.c src/conkyrc_ring.c src/conkyrc_board.c src/conkyrc_default.c src/conkyrc_slim.c src/conkyrc_sls.c src/coverposition.c src/finddir.c src/help.c src/options.c src/photoposition.c src/themes.c src/translations.c src/variables.c src/confinstall.c src/utils.c src/initialize.c -o conky-colors
src/options.c: 在函数‘options’中:
src/options.c:234:4: 警告: 格式字符串不是一个字面字符串而且没有待格式化的实参 [-Wformat-security]
src/options.c:234:4: 警告: 格式字符串不是一个字面字符串而且没有待格式化的实参 [-Wformat-security]
src/themes.c: 在函数‘themes’中:
src/themes.c:141:4: 警告: 格式字符串不是一个字面字符串而且没有待格式化的实参 [-Wformat-security]
src/themes.c:141:4: 警告: 格式字符串不是一个字面字符串而且没有待格式化的实参 [-Wformat-security]
I hope someone can help me look. Thanks in advance.
tetractis Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
good work!
murilo-cwb Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
conky-colors {options}

Wrong option. {options}murilo@murilo-laptop:~/Download/conky_colors$
GreenGasMaskGuy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
In {options} you have to put the options which are explained in the option --help --> "conky-colors --help"
An example for the default one can be:
./conky-colors --lang=es --theme=wise --ubuntu --cpu=2 --cputemp --swap --updates --proc=10 --clock=modern --calendar --nvidia --hd=mix --hdtemp1=sda --network --weather=PEXX0011
Shad-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice setup for conky and nice way to setup and customize.

After trying this out and testing it, I can't quite seem to get it to configure correctly. For the --hd=<default|meerkat|mix|simple> setting it only displays HD space for root, and not the ones for my home directory /home/<user>/ because it's only displaying for root, and it doesn't seem to matter what setting I put the HD to it doesn't change to display both.

also the --network setting doesn't seem to do anything, it's not displaying it anywhere on the conky output. I even tried just doing --wlan=0 for wireless interface but that doesn't show up on the output at all. I dunno if I have to do it like --network --wlan=0 ?
thinkswithportals Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Having a problem...
I put in all the commands you asked and restarted the session, opened up a terminal and put in my directory and got a result of: "bash: /home/jamietaliaferro/Downloads/conkystuff: Is a directory". Is that supposed to happen? Also, I decided to keep going and put in make, but got "make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop." Did I do something wrong? Your config looks great though. Good work.
abdobelk Featured By Owner May 6, 2013

I followed your instructions for installing conky-colors in ubuntu 13.04, there some problems :
- sometimes it does not start as the computer starts up
- it's always in the first background, eclipsing any other window, I have to open .conkycolors/conkyrc , save it again so it's "re-rendered" and back to background
- some icons are not displayed, the ubuntu distro logo, the hard drive & the network
- sometimes conky colors gets a weird background color, mostly gray
- the network section displays no info, gives the message "network unavailable", even so I'm connected to a Wi-Fi, even right now that I'm writing this message
I've been using conky colors for almost 2 years, none of this bugs occurred when I was using it with ubuntu 12.04 and bellow, these bugs I reported occurred in ubuntu 12.10 and ubuntu 13.04

I hope this message could help you to improve conky colors
neonoafs Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Mine is working gr8 with Ubuntu 13.04. The only option I had to change is own_windows_type from "override" to "normal".
abdobelk Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
I changed the own_windows_type from "override" to "normal", but still some bugs, icons missing, opaque background, network not working, here is a screenshot :

paperclipbadger Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student General Artist
The missing icons is probably due to a problem with fonts. The ones being used that aren't showing up are Webdings and Weather.
biominimalist91 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so much!
dambros Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
First of all amazing work, canīt thank you enough.

Can you explain me how can I move the cover image a little bit down? The cover is over the Status word for me (Im also on Arch).

Flash858 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thanks for all the hard work. This is the best implementation of Conky I have seen along with Pwidgets in Puppy. One issue I am having is that random photo script stopped working and it is stuck on a single image. I have deleted the temp file, removed the folder and reloaded to ensure that when I reloaded conky colors that the image was blank, then changed the folder and while it loads an image, it no longer rotates.

Also, is there a way to speed up the sequence? I'd like the image to change every 10 seconds or so.

Thanks again!
helmuthdu Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Try to check if you have imagemagick installed in your computer;
Check if the path to the image directory is correcty in your ~/.conkycolors/bin/conkyPhotoRandom file;
Idk what can be besides those 2 things :P, it's working as expected here...
helmuthdu Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Okay, after some tests it fail to display sometimes... i try to check this...
Android-808 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I've added a bug report so I don't forget and will try looking into it one afternoon next week.

Report available here:[link]
jimsarcade Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
The download link is for conky-colors 8.0. Where can we find the latest version (8.1.1)?
Android-808 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Latest version always here: [link]
jimsarcade Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Thank you very much! That solved many of the problems I was having.
shuli81 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Hi, I'm having the same issue as ~neonoafs (few posts below).
some of the icons dont display properly. most likley due to a font issue. i'm using ubuntu 12.10 32bit.

Here's a screenshot
Android-808 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Problem is most likely due to upgrade to fontconfig 2.10. Some of the fonts needed re-encoding to a different format (Unicode-BMP IIRC).

Get version from [link] and regenerate your config file.
happywash Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Hi there,

I extract the in a folder named .conkycolors in my home directory
So like this home/mario/.conkycolors
The next steps are not working:

$sudo make install
$conky-colors {options}

This is what i see in my terminal:

xxxx@xxxx-System-Product-Name:~/.conkycolors$ $make
xxxx@xxxx-System-Product-Name:~/.conkycolors$ $sudo make install
mkdir -p /usr/share
mkdir -p /usr/bin
cp -v conky-colors /usr/bin
‘conky-colors’ -> ‘/usr/bin/conky-colors’
cp: kan het normale bestand ‘/usr/bin/conky-colors’ niet aanmaken: Toegang geweigerd
make: *** [install] Fout 1

Can somebody help me with this?

Great thanks already.

neonoafs Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Tried to install on Ubuntu 12.10, but it doesnt show on desktop and it running as a process. Is it compatible with 12.10?
zx900930 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I'm using Ubuntu 12.10, conky-colors works just fine.
neonoafs Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I managed to make it work =D. However, the fonts are not showing correctly. Can you share your fonts with me? Im sending a screenshot of the mine for you to see how the icons are (not)working. The green ones are ok, the red ones are not showing =(
sidrosao Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Hi all,

just been trying to install and run Conky (conky-1.8.1-6), running Linux Mint 13 cinnamon 32 bits. I first installed conky and then found this tutorial so installed conkycolors later. I managed to configure conkycolors sls, but I have 3 problems:

1. when I try to run conky, I still get the non configured conky on the left hand side of the scvreen (black window, flickering) and also the sls window from conky colors. How do i make it to run only the sls version?

2. I cannot get conycolors to autostart although I have added it to the startup programmes (/usr/share/conkycolors/bin/conkyStart)

3. I have a partition that is not showing on conkycolors. It shows me ROOT and HOME as separate drives but they are one and the same. how to delete one of them and add my other partition?

many thanks for your help. I will try and resolve point 2 by looking at previous entries but any tip would help!

shuli81 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
hey, nice job on the new version. I just upgraded. The only issue I have is with the icon next to the hdtemp. It now shows a big Y instead of the little thermometer. Must be some issue with the font used for that symbol.
GabrielWayneL Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Download file missing??
xanahopper Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I cannot download the file, Why?!!
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