In Kubuntu, I set the desktop background as "Bing's Picture of the Day".

Bing's Picture of the Day

Some pictures are so good that I desire to store them for further reference.

However, the pictures are not located within ~/Pictures.

Where are these background images saved?

  • Very interesting question! On Kubuntu 18.04, all I can I find a modification to ~/.config/plasma-org.kde.plasma.desktop-appletsrc: [Containments][125][Wallpaper][org.kde.potd][General]\n FillMode=2\n Provider=bing\n but no actual image anywhere! – DK Bose Dec 20 '19 at 6:51
  • Please see the edit to my answer which mentions an "archive" for Bing wallpapers. You may find it useful. – DK Bose Feb 22 '20 at 12:20
  • And, according to that site, the Trees of many colors is "Rainbow eucalyptus trees along the Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii (© GlowingEarth/Getty Images Plus)(Bing United States)" from 201912 - United States. – DK Bose Feb 22 '20 at 12:46

The images are saved in ~/.cache/plasmashell/plasma_engine_potd.

~/.cache/plasmashell/plasma_engine_potd $ ll
total 47492
drwxrwxr-x 2 dkb dkb     4096 Dec 20 15:43 ./
drwxrwxr-x 9 dkb dkb     4096 Dec 20 12:11 ../
-rw-rw-r-- 1 dkb dkb  3540733 Dec 20 15:43 apod
-rw-rw-r-- 1 dkb dkb  3462109 Dec 20 12:11 bing
-rw-rw-r-- 1 dkb dkb 41607252 Dec 20 14:30 wcpotd
~/.cache/plasmashell/plasma_engine_potd $ file *
apod:   PNG image data, 3049 x 1033, 8-bit/color RGB, non-interlaced
bing:   PNG image data, 1920 x 1080, 8-bit/color RGB, non-interlaced
wcpotd: PNG image data, 7963 x 4886, 8-bit/color RGB, non-interlaced
~/.cache/plasmashell/plasma_engine_potd $ 

Credit: https://www.reddit.com/r/kde/comments/5rv5v4/really_like_the_picture_of_the_day_wallpaper/ddbfyol/

To use these images, copy them over to the folder in which you store your wallpapers and modify the filenames to have .png as the file extension. This step is necessary for the GUI to list them.

By the way, a deleted answer by miharix linked to a site where it's possible to view previous Bing wallpapers along with a brief description of each wallpaper.

  • ty, I alternatively tried kinds of predicates of find with -time, -size, and today's picture name, again failed to locate. – AbstProcDo Dec 20 '19 at 10:49
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    @Algebra please see the edited answer, Thanks! – DK Bose Dec 20 '19 at 10:52
  • @Algebra see further edit re. having to rename them with .png. – DK Bose Dec 20 '19 at 10:59
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    cheers again, btw, Picture "Tree of many colors" of today is appealing. – AbstProcDo Dec 20 '19 at 11:00

I have never used kubuntu before, but looking at some information about KDE, I would suggest looking in your home directory for one of either of these options



This link may be helpful

KDE Location of user wallpapers


In my case, it was in ~/.cache/plasma_engine_potd/. Possibly they changed the location after an update.

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