Trying to set up wallpapers on your dual-monitor Linux set up? Are you frustrated that your Linux desktop environment doesn’t have mutli-monitor wallpaper support? We can help! Follow along as we show you how to set one wallpaper on two screens with Superpaper!
Installing Superpaper on Linux
Superpaper is an excellent application, but it does not come pre-installed on any Linux operating systems. As a result, we must demonstrate how to install the app on the Linux platform before explaining how to use it to set a wallpaper.
To install the Superpaper application, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. From there, follow the command-line installation instructions outlined below.
The primary way of installing Superpaper is through the Python 3 package manager (AKA Pip3). To start the installation, ensure you have the Pip3 package manager set up on your system.
To install Pip3, check your Linux PC’s package manager for “python3-pip,” or “python-pip.” Once you’ve gotten the Pip3 tool up and running, use the pip3 install command below to install the Superpaper app.
pip3 install --user -U superpaper
Along with installing Superpaper, you will need to install the WXPython package. Without WXPython, the Superpaper UI will not work correctly. To install it, use the pip3 install command below.
pip3 install --user wxpython
Please note that during the installation, the Pip3 tool may quit unexpectedly, or experience issues. If you experience issues, re-run the installation commands.
The developer of Superpaper has an experimental AppImage ready for use. It’s not perfect, and sometimes it may quit unexpectedly, but it’s a great alternative to those not looking to deal with Python and Pip3.
To get your hands on the latest Superpaper AppImage, open up a terminal window and use the wget download tool to grab it.
There’s also an AppImage built with the Ubuntu 16.04 code base available. Use the wget command below to grab the latest release.
https://github.com/hhannine/superpaper/releases/download/v2.0.2/Superpaper-2.0.2-x86_64-ubuntu1604base.AppImageThis logo will slowly fill up as the upgrading process goes on. B
After downloading the Superpaper AppImage, update its permissions with chmod.
sudo chmod +x Superpaper-2.0.2-*.AppImage
Once the AppImage file’s permissions are up to date, open up your Linux file manager and double-click on the Superpaper AppImage to run the program. Or, run the following terminal command.
The Superpaper app is not yet in the Snap store, however, the developer has the Snap available for download on their GitHub release page. If you’re looking to try it out, ensure you have the Snapd runtime installed and enter the installation command below.
Note: the Snap release of Superpaper is very primitive and outdated compared to the Python and AppImage releases. Do not use the Snap version of the app unless you’re unhappy with the other methods of installation.
wget https://github.com/hhannine/superpaper/releases/download/v1.2.0/superpaper_1.2.0_amd64_experimental_classic.snap sudo snap install superpaper_1.2.0_amd64_experimental_classic.snap --classic --dangerous
Using Superpaper to set wallpaper on multiple monitors
To set your wallpaper in Superpaper, start by opening the app on your desktop by searching for “Superpaper” in the app menu. Once Superpaper is open, follow the step-by-step instructions below to set your wallpaper.
Step 1: Find the “Profile Name” box, and write in a name for your new Superpaper profile. The app will not work without a saved profile.
Step 2: Click on the “Save” button to save your newly created Superpaper profile.
Step 3: Locate the “Browse” button, and click on it. After clicking on the “Browse” button, use the file browser to locate the wallpaper you wish to use with the Superpaper application, and click on it with the mouse.
Step 4: After selecting the wallpaper you’d like to use in Superpaper, click on the “Add source” button. By selecting “Add source” you’ll add it to Superpaper as a usable wallpaper.
Step 5: Locate the “Wallpaper paths” area for the wallpaper you’ve added to Superpaper. Click on the wallpaper image with the mouse. Upon clicking on the wallpaper image, you’ll see a preview of it in Superpaper.
Click on the “Apply” button to instantly apply the new wallpaper to your Linux desktop.
Want to make your Superpaper wallpaper set up a slideshow to showcase different wallpapers? Do the following.
Step 1: Click “Browse” to add a wallpaper folder to Superpaper.
Step 2: Select the “Add source” button to add the wallpaper folder as a Superpaper wallpaper source.
Step 3: Find the “Wallpaper slideshow” area, and check the box next to “Slideshow.” Selecting this option will enable the slideshow feature.
Step 4: Select the wallpaper folder in Superpaper. Then, click on the “Apply” button to turn on the slideshow.
Want to shut off the slideshow? Find the “Slideshow” box and uncheck it. Once the box is unchecked, find the “Apply” button and click on it to apply the new settings.