On recent versions of KDE (4.10, 4.11 at least), the Conky window does not have a transparent background, despite settings in the .conkyrc file.
On my Kubuntu 13.10 installation, I got transparency working by doing 2 things:
- appropriate settings in .conkyrc (see below)
- Changing the compositing type from 'XRender' to 'OpenGL 3.1' in KDE System Settings > Desktop Effects > Advanced
The "magic" combination of options in my .conkyrc that work are:
own_window yes own_window_title conky own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager own_window_argb_visual yes own_window_argb_value 0 own_window_type normal
Note that as long as you use the argb options, you do NOT need to inlude
if you include only
own_window_transparent functions as expected.