How to set wallpaper in wmii? I tried feh and xloadimage without any success. Is there any working example to set the wallapaer?

  • I could put/add the command feh --bg-center jpgfile in my .wmii-3/wmiirc to set the wallpaper. Could you put-in some more detail on how you tried ?
    – Anil
    Feb 29, 2012 at 9:07

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hsetroot is a nice lightweight utility for setting the background.


hsetroot -full ~/images/background.png

It's available in the Arch Linux [community] repository (which is what you're using based on the tags).

Just add the command to your wmiirc or xinitrc (of course you can also just try using it from a terminal first).


I always used "fbsetbg". It's a wrapper, so you may need to install some image manipulation software in order to get it working. (This wrapper is part of Fluxbox, so you should install Fluxbox too.)

Or you can use "feh". - feh is a lightweight and powerful image viewer that can also be used to manage the desktop wallpaper for standalone window managers lacking such features.

Few other apps - Feh and Nitrogen

  • Another option: imagemagick. display -window root ~/img/wallpaper.png
    – Eroen
    Feb 29, 2012 at 7:50

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