Last updated on July 18, 2020 by Dan Nanni
Conky is a light-weight system monitor for X, which displays a variety of information on your desktop. Conky is a highly configurable program which can monitor various time-varying system properties such as CPU load/temperature, free memory, free disk space, battery status, network traffic, etc. Conky consumes little system resources because it renders information within a desktop theme instead of using separate widget toolkits.
The difficult part of using Conky for beginners though is to configure Conky. You need to create a Conky configuration file with properly formatted code, which can sometimes be tricky. That is when a Conky config tool such as Conky Manager comes in handy. Conky Manager is a GUI frontend for managing Conky configuration files. On Conky Manager, you can choose from multiple Conky themes that come with it, customize a chosen theme, and activate a preferred view with a simple mouse click.
Follow these steps to install the Conky Manager application.
To install Conky Manager on Debian-based Linux:
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install conky-manager
Alternatively, OpenSUSE repository provides community package versions of Conky Manager for Debian 9 and 10, and Ubuntu 18.04. Thus you can download any of them and install it.
To launch Conky-manager, type the following from the command line.
Conky Manager will show you one window with four tabs like below.
Theme tab, you can see a list of available Conky themes. To see what a given theme looks like, select the theme, and click on Preview button at the bottom.
To customize a theme, go to
Edit tab. Choose the theme you would like to edit in
Widget field. You can make an adjustment for location, transparency, window size, time, and network interface.
Options tab, you can set various Conky related options, such as enabling Conky auto-start, adding Conky themes, and killing Conky process.
Here is a screenshot of Conky theme (Conky Seamod) activated by Conky Manager on my desktop.
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