I once wrote a tutorial here on installing Conky on Ubuntu. Unfortunately, that guide will not work on the latest version of Ubuntu, which is 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). That’s why I'm going to make an update on that one with this post.

There's a small issue on auto-starting Conky on Ubuntu 9.04 so I'm also going to show you how I fixed it.

Let's start from the beginning:

1. Install Conky via Synaptic Package Manager or using the terminal with this command:

sudo apt-get install conky

2. Again via Linux terminal, make a config file named ".conkyrc" in your home directory

gedit ~/.conkyrc

3. Paste your preferred Conky config file and make sure that you set "own_window_type" to "override", and then save it.


own_window yes
own_window_type override
own_window_transparent yes

4. Create a simple bash script for auto-starting conky and save it to your /home directory:

gedit .conky_start.sh

Paste this code:


sleep 2 && conky;

Make sure the script is executable:

chmod a+x .conky_start.sh

5. Now let's add conky_start script to your “Startup Applications”.

The "command" should be located at: /home/your_user_name/.conky_start.sh

6. Logout and log back in to enjoy your geeky desktop system monitor.

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