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Is there a place where I can find all the wallpapers ever included on the Ubuntu CDs (not just the default ones)??

I remember some nice ones, like the one with the cherries. A package would be great!

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Found the following site which seems to have all of them (from 4.10 to 10.10 only).

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There are mainly two ways to find wallpapers included in all Ubuntu official releases: Ubuntu repositories and Ubuntu Package Search.

From Ubuntu repositories

Ensure that you have enabled main and universe repositories (These are enabled by default, unless you have changed it earlier). The main will contain wallpapers for current Ubuntu release and universe will contain wallpapers for previous Ubuntu releases and other flavours.

Open a Terminal and run the following command.

$ apt-cache search ubuntu wallpapers | sort -n

This command will search using "ubuntu wallpapers" as keywords, then returns list of packages that matches with the name. Finally, the result will be sorted by string numerical value.

Example output:

blubuntu-wallpapers - Blubuntu look - Wallpapers
edgy-community-wallpapers - Edgy Community Wallpapers
edgy-wallpapers - Edgy Wallpapers
edubuntu-artwork - edubuntu themes and artwork
edubuntu-wallpapers - wallpapers included in edubuntu
feisty-wallpapers - Feisty Wallpapers
gutsy-wallpapers - Gutsy Wallpapers
ubuntu-gnome-wallpapers-trusty - Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 Wallpapers
ubuntu-gnome-wallpapers - Ubuntu GNOME Wallpapers
ubuntukylin-wallpapers-saucy - Ubuntu Kylin 13.10 Wallpapers
ubuntukylin-wallpapers-trusty - Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 Wallpapers
ubuntukylin-wallpapers - Ubuntu Kylin Wallpapers
ubuntustudio-wallpapers - Ubuntu Studio - Wallpapers
ubuntu-wallpapers-karmic - Ubuntu 9.10 Wallpapers
ubuntu-wallpapers-lucid - Ubuntu 10.04 Wallpapers
ubuntu-wallpapers-maverick - Ubuntu 10.10 Wallpapers
ubuntu-wallpapers-natty - Ubuntu 11.04 Wallpapers
ubuntu-wallpapers-oneiric - Ubuntu 11.10 Wallpapers
ubuntu-wallpapers-precise - Ubuntu 12.04 Wallpapers
ubuntu-wallpapers-quantal - Ubuntu 12.10 Wallpapers
ubuntu-wallpapers-raring - Ubuntu 13.04 Wallpapers
ubuntu-wallpapers-saucy - Ubuntu 13.10 Wallpapers
ubuntu-wallpapers-trusty - Ubuntu 14.04 Wallpapers
ubuntu-wallpapers - Ubuntu Wallpapers
xubuntu-community-wallpapers - Xubuntu community wallpapers
xubuntu-wallpapers - Xubuntu wallpapers

The output will vary on newer releases. For example, the shown output above is run in 14.04 release. If the same command is run in 16.04 release, the result will also include wallpapers from its current and earlier releases i.e. 15.04, 15.10 and 16.04.

From Ubuntu Packages Search

If you are running older releases but still want to get wallpapers for the newer releases, open a Web browser and visit this site: Ubuntu Package Search.

This site provides you with information about all the packages available in the Ubuntu Package archive.

Scroll down until you reach "Search package directories". The suggested search options are:

  • Keyword: ubuntu wallpapers
  • Search on: [x] Package name only
  • Distribution: any
  • Section: any

Using the Ubuntu Package Search

Finally, click on the "Search" button.

The result will include packages with name that matches with "ubuntu wallpapers" keywords. It is also possible for users to download the DEB packages from the links in the search result and install to any release in use, since there are no dependencies for installing the wallpapers.

Search result discrepancy

Searching with "ubuntu wallpaper" will give result fewer than using "wallpaper" as keyword. The former is suggested because the results are much relevant for most users. The latter will include utilities to change wallpaper, non-Ubuntu wallpapers and such, which are irrelevant.

If you are running 14.04 release, you will not find ubuntu-mate-wallpapers-* in the Ubuntu repositories (Ubuntu MATE became official flavour from 15.04 release). With Ubuntu Package Search, you can find such missing packages easily.


This answer will be relevant for all supported Ubuntu releases (including official flavours such as Edubuntu, Xubuntu etc.), at any given time. However, the suggested search result above are missing some other wallpapers, notably wallpapers for KDE Plasma and Shimmer Project.

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If you do a search in synaptic or software center for wallpaper, you should find a number of packages including fiesty and karmic, and these should include most of the wallpapers you are seeking. The artwork section of the ubuntu wiki (here) might also have them. If you look on this page, you should also be able to find those + some great extras.

Hope that helps! Enjoy your wallpapers ^^ =)!

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You can use this command to install all the wallpapers from Ubuntu 9.10 to 14.04

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-wallpapers-karmic ubuntu-wallpapers-lucid ubuntu-wallpapers-maverick ubuntu-wallpapers-natty ubuntu-wallpapers-oneiric ubuntu-wallpapers-precise ubuntu-wallpapers-quantal ubuntu-wallpapers-raring ubuntu-wallpapers-saucy ubuntu-wallpapers-trusty

Go to this link for more info

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From the sub-site you can find them all.

The package ubuntu-wallpapers from the latest release will have all wallpapers from release 9.10 to date.

Check this answer.

Wallpapers from releases 4.10 to 9.04 can be obtained from as indicated by Mark Rooney in his answer.

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You can install all of the wallpapers from 9.10 forwards by running this single command (this should apply to all future Ubuntu releases):

sudo apt-get install --install-suggests ubuntu-wallpapers

This will install the ubuntu-wallpapers metapackage, which also suggests the packages for all the other wallpapers.

As for the pre-modern (4.10 - 9.04) era of Ubuntu, these wallpapers are available here.

You can get some of these wallpapers through the official repo by using this command:

sudo apt-get install feisty-wallpapers gusty-wallpapers \
                     edgy-wallpapers edgy-community-wallpapers

There are also extra wallpapers that may or may not have been distributed with the CDs, but they do exist on the repository.

sudo apt-get install blubuntu-wallpapers peace-wallpapers tropic-wallpapers
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Get the source code of all wallpaper packages:

sudo apt-get install bzr
bzr branch lp:ubuntu-wallpapers

The newly created ubuntu-wallpapers directory should have them all.

Or browse them online at Launchpad:

(Replace wily with the newest release's codename as time passes.)

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