I've recently upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10 and since then conky has been acting up. This is what it looks after a while (specially if I use the option 'Show desktop' by draggin the mouse to a corner, as Ubuntu Tweak permits you to do):

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This is my .conkyrc file and my ~/.conky/bargraph_small.lua file.

I tried tweaking the setting around but it seems a bit random, at times it will work and at times it will not. Any ideas? Cheers.

3 Answers 3


I had the same problem with conky in fluxbox. I solved the problem by changing

own_window_type override to own_window_type normal (line 17 in your .conkyrc)

Check out more conky configuration settings here:


The above answer would apply in most cases, however in this particular case it doesn't work well. The Ubuntu Tweak "Show desktop" option minimizes all open windows. Your .conkyrc line 16 states own_window yes. This means that conky has it's own window. By stating own_window_type normal the window is being told to act "normally" (can't move it around though). Thus the conky-window will as well as any other window minimize when the "Show desktop" option is used. The line own_window no is not an option because this causes placement problems.

The solution would seem to be to make the window stick to the desktop which would be achieved by changing the line own_window_type normal to own_window_type desktop. However, although this causes the conky window to stay on the desktop when "Show desktop" is used, when the desktop is being clicked left or right for some reason the conky window dissappears again.

What so far seems to keep conky in its place is changing own_window_type normal to own_window_type dock. The drawback of this method is having to place conky on the right spot on your desktop again using gap x and gap y. Gap x is now counted from the left side of the desktop edge instead of the right side. Gap y is still counted from above. So suppose your screen resolution is 1440x900 and gap x used to be 10 and conky maximum with is 250, the new gap x would be 1440-250-10=1180

In addition, to entirely lose any visible dock borders change the line own_window_transparent yes with the lines: own_window_argb_visual yes and own_window_argb_value 0. So in your .conkyrc line 18 will have to be replaced by two lines, 18 and 19 with the new code. When own_window_argb_value is set to 255 the conky window will have no transparency and be black.

This solution has been tested and appears to work. The solution is based on the config_settings in the link above.

  • This has the drawback that when I use the 'Show Desktop' function by dragging the mouse to a corner (feature provided by Ubuntu Tweak) conky disappears (I guess it minimizes) never to be seen again...
    – Gabriel
    Commented Jan 24, 2013 at 16:27
  • 'Show desktop' by draggin the mouse to a corner, how do I activate this feature with the latest version of Ubuntu Tweak? So far I haven't been able to duplicate the behavior of your conky. I used your rc and lua on a freshly installed Ubuntu 12.10.
    – jeroen
    Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 15:14
  • Open Ubuntu Tweak, Settings > Workspaces and select 'Show desktop' action for one of the corners (mine is top right).
    – Gabriel
    Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 16:27
  • See my improved answer!
    – jeroen
    Commented Jan 26, 2013 at 1:58
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    Well, I think we're there. Cheers
    – jeroen
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 15:25

I have an another ansver for you.

1)Just let the window be own_window_type normal

2)and go to compiz config manager.

3)then go to window borders

4)Click the + icon next to window types, that shall have borders to add an exception.

4.1) Then while conky window is open; set the type to "window name" and next to value click "Grab". then grab the conky window.

4.2) Then check the checkbox "reverse" or "inverse" or whatever it is.

5) Do the same for shadows.

6) Happy conking

The problem is, that it doesent appear on all workspaces. (IF one of you knows a solve, let me know). Next problem: if you click on conky window, it jumps on all other windows just like a normal window would do. Also "show desktop" is a problem.

  • I tried this the day he asked this question, but it didn't work on Conky. Maybe Conky is being drawn through other means than Compiz? This is how I get other apps to go transparent, such as my terminal window and file browser. It's an awesome trick.
    – SunnyDaze
    Commented Aug 4, 2017 at 2:19

I had the same problem in Xubuntu 14.04. In my case, Conky was always working perfectly, until one day I noticed it wasn't transparent anymore. The problem was that I had disabled the Compositor option in the Window Manager Tweaks. Once I checked that box again, Conky was transparent again.

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