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I want an animated desktop wallpaper on Ubuntu. For example, the animated Enlightenment background.

How does one achieve this?

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What kind of animation? Animated gif? Video? Slide show? –  desgua May 5 '11 at 17:47
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Animated gif or video. –  Jordy May 6 '11 at 3:40
    
Please check this: khattam.info/… I will post the instructions ASAP –  desgua May 11 '11 at 23:37
    
It would be great if there was some unobtrusive animation in the background such as you have it on the Playstation 3 Menu... slowly changing colors, ... a few particles ... –  gruenewa May 22 '11 at 12:10
    
I made the question more general (it will probably get a lot of views and we can use it as the canonical question :). –  RolandiXor Oct 27 '11 at 0:33

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Live Wallpaper

The Live Wallpaper app was featured on OMG! Ubuntu.

A number of live wallpapers come with the software, including:

  • Circles

    LiveWallpaper screenshot - Circles

  • Galaxy

    LiveWallpaper screenshot - Galaxy

  • Nexus

    LiveWallpaper screenshot - Nexus

  • Noise

    LiveWallpaper screenshot - Noise

  • Photoslide

    LiveWallpaper screenshot - Photoslide

(Obviously, these look really cool when they're actually moving.)

Additional live wallpapers can be added as plugins written in C.

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Unfortunately, the stable PPA seems not to work, but I just installed daily and that looks good. Also, make sure to install the package livewallpaper-config (settings application). Not sure why they didn't put all in one package... –  Cedric Reichenbach Aug 21 at 9:50

I have seen 2 backgrounds that are animated and there is a package called xplanet for 1 of them inside USC. This website is where it comes from: http://mein-neues-blog.de/

It is a picture of the earth and moon turning and looks absolutely amazing.

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Unfortunatly I can not get this to work in 11.04.

There is also one for a realtime sunlight: https://launchpad.net/realtimesunlightwallpaper PPA (to install it) can be found here: https://launchpad.net/~realtime.sunlight.wallpaper/+archive/rsw

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The person that downvoted me: care to tell me why two year later you believe this still works? It is pre Unity... –  Rinzwind May 7 '13 at 7:16

You can use A-Desk, this is a script that allows you to use video files as a wallpaper. Here is a link to my article about installing a-desk 0.17 on Ubuntu 10.10.

Install a-desk 0.17 on Ubuntu 10.10

There is a new version of A-Desk (0.18) but installing it works the same.

The problem with A-Desk is that all the download links for it fail these days.

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  RolandiXor Oct 27 '11 at 0:34

I found a great tool called xwinwrap, more specifically shantz-xwinwrap, that lets you draw the out-put of any program (video player, screensaver) to the desktop background. Install instructions and download at http://tech.shantanugoel.com/2008/09/03/shantz-xwinwrap.html.

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You should summarize the steps here and provide the link only for reference. This avoids problems with linkrot. –  WarriorIng64 Mar 21 '13 at 3:41

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