How can I make Ubuntu's Night Light look like Manjaro KDE's Night Color? I want this because Manjaro's Night Color has a lot more features that allows me to customize the settings the way I want.

Here is a screenshot of Ubuntu's Night Light:

Ubuntu's Night Light

Here are some screenshots of Manjaro KDE's Night Color:

Manjaro KDE's Night Color - 2 Manjaro KDE's Night Color - 3

As you can see, there are many more features in Manjaro KDE (can set a specific value to the color temperature, can make it always on, can set specific location)

Note: I don't want to install redshift or flux. Please, don't suggest that. I have had a bad experience with those applications, such as bugs and crashes at random times.


I know I can change the color temperature of Night Light in GNOME. Indeed, I'm already doing that. I typed a command in bash shell to set up the desirable temperature color. However, this is not an answer to my question. I'm not looking for ways to change the color temperature only. What I want is a nice GUI interface where I can do those things and more. I'm also aware of the dconf-editor application, which also allows to change the color of Night Light. But, as said before, this is not the only thing I'm searching for; I'm looking for something more user friendly.

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    I don't see screen brightness on either one? For example I have intel_backlight set to 850 at night and 3500 at day (where 0 is off and 7500 is max brightness. This varies by backlight manufacturer and model). Also your KDE doesn't say how many K is on the left, only on the right. For my system I use color temperature of 3500 K at night and 6500 K during the day on 4K TV but not as drastic on Sony TV which has better ambient light control. The laptop display is more like 4500K during night and 6500 K temperature during day. None of your packages control 3 monitors independently I might add. – WinEunuuchs2Unix May 28 '20 at 22:57


Eyesome has more options to independently control your monitors (up to three) than either package. It's been released for three years with no changes but on June 2, 2020 a color temperature slider was added.

In addition to the documentation on the github page link above where you can download eyesome, additional documentation with screen shots is available here in Ask Ubuntu:

New features on June 2, 2020

Here are the new features published today on github:

eyesome override.gif

  • The Get button retrieves gamma for one of three monitors' Day or Night settings. It then calculates Color Temperature based on gamma (Red:Green:Blue)
  • The Color button presents a slider to select Color Temperature from 1000K to 10,000K (Kelvins). When selecting Convert the chosen temperature is converted to Gamma (Red:Green:Blue).
  • The Preview button temporarily shows what the chose Color Temperature looks like on all monitors.
  • The Apply button updates the chosen Monitor and Daytime / Nighttime setting with the last Color Temperature selected.

Original features from 2017

Here's a few screenshots (of a dozen screens) to give you an idea about eyesome:

eyesome configuration general tab.png


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Reply to comment Color Temperature to Gamma

The new version has a Color to Gamma conversion table (bash syntax):

#                 Red         Green       Blue     Color Temperature
GammaRampArr=( 1.00000000  0.05181963  0.00000000   500 \
               1.00000000  0.18172716  0.00000000  1000 \
               1.00000000  0.42322816  0.00000000  1500 \
               1.00000000  0.54360078  0.08679949  2000 \
               1.00000000  0.64373109  0.28819679  2500 \
               1.00000000  0.71976951  0.42860152  3000 \
               1.00000000  0.77987699  0.54642268  3500 \
               1.00000000  0.82854786  0.64816570  4000 \
               1.00000000  0.86860704  0.73688797  4500 \
               1.00000000  0.90198230  0.81465502  5000 \
               1.00000000  0.93853986  0.88130458  5500 \
               1.00000000  0.97107439  0.94305985  6000 \
               1.00000000  1.00000000  1.00000000  6500 \
               0.95160805  0.96983355  1.00000000  7000 \
               0.91194747  0.94470005  1.00000000  7500 \
               0.87906581  0.92357340  1.00000000  8000 \
               0.85139976  0.90559011  1.00000000  8500 \
               0.82782969  0.89011714  1.00000000  9000 \
               0.80753191  0.87667891  1.00000000  9500 \
               0.78988728  0.86491137  1.00000000  10000 \
               0.77442176  0.85453121  1.00000000  10500 \
# Temperatures of 500 & 10500 are not allowed. Provided for looping min-max.

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This question was asked today:

Is it possible to manually set eyesome to always run ? Regardless of time. Also, is it possible to disable internet connection? Because if it set to be always on, then there is no need to retrieve location from the internet. Moreover, I don't like apps retrieving my location or having access to the internet if they don't need to

You can forego using internet to get sunrise/sunset times with these commands:

sudo echo "7:00 am" > /usr/local/bin/.eyesome-sunrise
sudo echo "9:00 pm" > /usr/local/bin/.eyesome-sunset

Change the time appropriately. I'll look at changing the software in the next upgrade to make this easier.

Please note eyesome doesn't retrieve your location. You're merely keying your city name into the screen and it's stored on a configuration file on your disk. You aren't keying in your IP address or longitude / latitude like Redshift, Night Light or F.lux. BTW your city name is already known to every website you visit because they know your ISP Service Provider's city. Unless you are using a VPN of course.

  • I will git it a try. Could you also provide a url to find one of these tables used to convert temperature color to RGB values? Thanks in advance – Student of Science May 29 '20 at 0:38
  • @StudentofScience I updated the answer with a table of Red:Green:Blue to Color Temperatures. – WinEunuuchs2Unix May 29 '20 at 1:23
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    @StudentofScience I updated the answer with new features finished today. After a couple days of testing the github will be updated. Thanks for your interest. – WinEunuuchs2Unix May 31 '20 at 21:28
  • Thanks! I will try it out probably today or tomorrow – Student of Science Jun 1 '20 at 13:38
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    @StudentofScience I've updated answer with reply to your last comment of sunrise/sunset times retrieved by city name using internet. You definitely don't have to use the internet if you don't want to. – WinEunuuchs2Unix Jun 1 '20 at 22:53

Standard (vanilla) Ubuntu nowadays uses the GNOME desktop environment (DE) which provides the "Night Light" feature whereas the "Night Colour" option is from KDE (you've also mentioned the screenshots are from KDE version of Manjaro). Different DEs are not always like-for-like replacements of each other.

However, you can control the colour temperature of Night Light following this Q&A: "How do I adjust the hue (intensity) of GNOME Night Light?". The Night Light Slider GNOME Shell extension (as mentioned in this answer) also offers options to always enable the Night Light feature, sync the brightness slider with the Night light slider etc.
Night Light Slider options

But if you want an identical GUI, you may switch to the Kubuntu flavour of Ubuntu which uses KDE instead of GNOME.

  • Well, I may switch to Kubuntu then – Student of Science May 29 '20 at 13:28
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    I tried out KUbuntu, but didn't like. I prefer to use Ubuntu even if its Nigh Color doesn't have many features as Kubuntu's Night Light – Student of Science Jun 1 '20 at 15:15
  • It's unclear how brightness for intel_backlight hardware settings or xrandr software settings are handled. Not to mention it doesn't show different settings for daytime and nighttime. – WinEunuuchs2Unix Jun 1 '20 at 23:05
  • @WinEunuuchs2Unix None of these were asked in the question. – pomsky Jun 2 '20 at 7:12
  • @pomsky That is true. Your answer does say "sync the brightness slider with the Night light slider etc." which led me to look into the links out of curiosity how it was handled. – WinEunuuchs2Unix Jun 2 '20 at 10:38

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