Ubuntu – conky transparent


I tried to fix a conky on my desktop but I have small problem in conky background color. I want to change the color background to transparent and I tried so many times and it doesn't fix.
Here is a picture of what I have on desktop:
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and my conkyrc file:

Now how can I change the background conky to transparent?

Best Answer


own_window_transparent yes
#own_window_argb_visual yes
#own_window_argb_value 255


own_window_transparent no
own_window_argb_visual yes
own_window_argb_value 145  # semi-transparent

At least this worked for my conky display:

Conky network real time 4

Conky script

In comments it was asked to share my conky script. It was just changed a couple days ago so I've updated the .gif above and included the edited (stripped out experimental code /comments) script below:

# November 16, 2014 copied from 081114 version written for Core 2 Duo @ 2 Ghz
#   and modified for i-7 Quad Core 3630 QM @ 3.4 Ghz with 8 cores @1920x1080 again.
#  Adapt for grey-scale snow-leopard wallpaper.
#  Adapt for USB thumb-drive with Sparky Linux.

# August 12, 2014 from ubuntuforum / cafe /  satshow2
# http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=281865&page=2287&p=13096925#post13096925

# September 10, 2016 Now on Ubuntu 16.04, Kernel 4.7.3 and after many glitches such
# as suspend/resume, thin fonts in Nautilus, constant Intel Turbo Boost (more heat)
# and sound going to Built-In audio instead of TV repairs, the heat in thermal zones
# 0 and 1 which conky uses are wrong after resume so use thermal zone 2 instead.

# February 25, 2017 add Sunrise and Sunset.

override_utf8_locale yes
use_xft yes
xftfont ubuntu:size=10.5
xftalpha 0.5
uppercase no
no_buffers yes # Subtract cached and buffered ram from memory usage.

display :0.0
nvidia_display :0.0
text_buffer_size 2048
update_interval .75        # change to .001 for 1000 times per second stress test
total_run_times 0
own_window yes
own_window_type desktop
own_window_type normal
own_window_transparent no
own_window_argb_visual yes
own_window_argb_value 145  # semi-transparent
own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
double_buffer yes
minimum_size 200
maximum_width 400

draw_shades yes
# off-white
default_color ECEAE4
# blue
color1 1EB5FF
# light blue
color2 30DDFB
# dark blue
color3 0090ff
# lime
color4 98FF76
default_shade_color 000000

draw_outline no
draw_borders no
stippled_borders 0
alignment top_right        # top_left for Screen 1, top_right for Screen 2

gap_x 0
gap_y 0

${color}Today is:${color green}$alignr${time %A,}$alignr ${time %e %B %G}
${color}Distribution:${color green}$alignr ${pre_exec cat /etc/issue.net} $machine
${color}Kernel:$alignr${color green} $kernel
${color orange}${voffset 2}${hr 1}
${color2}${voffset 5}Intel® i-7 3630QM 3.4 GHz: ${color1}@  ${color green}${freq} MHz   
${color}${goto 13}CPU 1 ${goto 81}${color green}${cpu cpu1}% ${goto 131}${color3}${cpubar cpu1 18}
${color}${goto 13}CPU 2 ${goto 81}${color green}${cpu cpu2}% ${goto 131}${color3}${cpubar cpu2 18}
${color}${goto 13}CPU 3 ${goto 81}${color green}${cpu cpu3}% ${goto 131}${color3}${cpubar cpu3 18}
${color}${goto 13}CPU 4 ${goto 81}${color green}${cpu cpu4}% ${goto 131}${color3}${cpubar cpu4 18}
${color}${goto 13}CPU 5 ${goto 81}${color green}${cpu cpu5}% ${goto 131}${color3}${cpubar cpu5 18}
${color}${goto 13}CPU 6 ${goto 81}${color green}${cpu cpu6}% ${goto 131}${color3}${cpubar cpu6 18}
${color}${goto 13}CPU 7 ${goto 81}${color green}${cpu cpu7}% ${goto 131}${color3}${cpubar cpu7 18}
${color}${goto 13}CPU 8 ${goto 81}${color green}${cpu cpu8}% ${goto 131}${color3}${cpubar cpu8 18}
${color1}All CPU ${color green}${cpu}% ${goto 131}${color1}Temp: ${color green}${hwmon 2 temp 1}°C ${goto 250}${color1}Up: ${color green}$uptime
${color green}$running_processes ${color1}running of ${color green}$processes ${color1}loaded processes.
Load Avg. 1-5-15 minutes: ${alignr}${color green}${execpi .001 (awk '{printf "%s/", $1}' /proc/loadavg; grep -c processor /proc/cpuinfo;) | bc -l | cut -c1-4} ${execpi .001 (awk '{printf "%s/", $2}' /proc/loadavg; grep -c processor /proc/cpuinfo;) | bc -l | cut -c1-4} ${execpi .001 (awk '{printf "%s/", $3}' /proc/loadavg; grep -c processor /proc/cpuinfo;) | bc -l | cut -c1-4}
${color orange}${voffset 2}${hr 1}
${color1}${voffset 5}Process Name: ${goto 215}PID ${goto 265}CPU% ${goto 337}Mem%
${color}${goto 13}${top name 1} ${goto 210}${top pid 1} ${goto 275}${color green}${top cpu 1} ${goto 350}${top mem 1}
${color}${goto 13}${top name 2} ${goto 210}${top pid 2} ${goto 275}${color green}${top cpu 2} ${goto 350}${top mem 2}
${color}${goto 13}${top name 3} ${goto 210}${top pid 3} ${goto 275}${color green}${top cpu 3} ${goto 350}${top mem 3}
${color}${goto 13}${top name 4} ${goto 210}${top pid 4} ${goto 275}${color green}${top cpu 4} ${goto 350}${top mem 4}
${color}${goto 13}${top name 5} ${goto 210}${top pid 5} ${goto 275}${color green}${top cpu 5} ${goto 350}${top mem 5}
${color}${goto 13}${top name 6} ${goto 210}${top pid 6} ${goto 275}${color green}${top cpu 6} ${goto 350}${top mem 6}
${color}${goto 13}${top name 7} ${goto 210}${top pid 7} ${goto 275}${color green}${top cpu 7} ${goto 350}${top mem 7}
${color}${goto 13}${top name 8} ${goto 210}${top pid 8} ${goto 275}${color green}${top cpu 8} ${goto 350}${top mem 8}
${color}${goto 13}${top name 9} ${goto 210}${top pid 9} ${goto 275}${color green}${top cpu 9} ${goto 350}${top mem 9}
${color orange}${voffset 2}${hr 1}
${color}Memory:${goto 148}${color green}$mem / $memmax $alignr${color green}${memperc /}%
${color}Linux:${goto 148}${color green}${fs_used /} / ${fs_size /} $alignr${color green}${fs_used_perc /}%
${color}KSX_Win7:${goto 148}${if_mounted /media/rick/KSX_Win7}${color green} ${fs_used /media/rick/KSX_Win7} / ${fs_size /media/rick/KSX_Win7} $alignr${color green}${fs_used_perc /media/rick/KSX_Win7}%${else}${color yellow}/media/rick/KSX_Win7${endif}
${color}${if_mounted /media/rick/ST9_Win7}ST9_Win7:${goto 148}${color green} ${fs_used /media/rick/ST9_Win7} / ${fs_size /media/rick/ST9_Win7} $alignr${color green}${fs_used_perc /media/rick/ST9_Win7}%${else}Cache RAM:${goto 148}${color green}${cached} ${color} Buffers: ${color green} ${buffers}${endif}
${color}${if_mounted /media/rick/F9m_Win7}F9m_Win7:${goto 148}${color green}${fs_used /media/rick/F9m_Win7} / ${fs_size /media/rick/F9m_Win7} $alignr${color green}${fs_used_perc /media/rick/F9m_Win7}%${else}Swap:${goto 148}${color green}${swap} / ${swapmax} $alignr${color green}${swapperc}%${endif}
${color orange}${voffset 2}${hr 1}
${color1}Network using vnStat "-i", "-w" and "-m"
${color}${goto 5}Today ${goto 100}Yesterday ${goto 225}Week ${goto 325}Month ${color green}
${execi 10 vnstat -i eth0 | grep "today" | awk '{print $8" "substr ($9, 1, 1)}'} ${goto 110}${execi 10 vnstat -i eth0 | grep "yesterday" | awk '{print $8" "substr ($9, 1, 1)}'} ${goto 220}${execi 10 vnstat -i eth0 -w | grep "current week" | awk '{print $9" "substr ($10, 1, 1)}'} ${goto 315}${execi 10 vnstat -i eth0 -m | grep "`date +"%b '%y"`" | awk '{print $9" "substr ($10, 1, 1)}'}
${color1}Network real-time monitoring
${color}Down: ${color green}${downspeed eth0}/s ${color}${goto 220}Up: ${color green}${upspeed eth0}/s
${downspeedgraph eth0 25,190 000000 ff0000} ${alignr}${upspeedgraph eth0
25,190 000000 00ff00}$color
Total: ${color green}${totaldown eth0} $color${alignr}Total: ${color green}${totalup eth0}
${color orange}${voffset 2}${hr 1}
${color}${goto 5}Day: ${color green}${execpi 300 cat /usr/local/bin/sunrise} ${color}Night: ${color green}${execpi 300 cat /usr/local/bin/sunset} ${color}Level: ${color green}${execpi 10 cat cat /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness}
${color orange}${voffset 2}${hr 1}

Please keep in mind conky scripts change frequently depending on what project you are working on. Two days ago the focus was Why is internet upload so high when I don't actually upload much? and I added the network bandwidth real time display section. As such you may see conky displays posted by me in other questions that don't reflect the code as of today (September 5, 2017).

Conky Script Revision for comments

Sarah mentioned temperature wasn't working. Search for ${hwmon 2 temp 1} and replace it with ${hwmon 0 temp 1}.

She also mentioned networking wasn't working. Search for eth0 and replace it with your network interface name. To find your network interface name use:

$ ip link show
1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN mode DEFAULT group default qlen 1000
2: enp59s0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc mq state UP mode DEFAULT group default qlen 1000
3: wlp60s0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc mq state UP mode DORMANT group default qlen 1000

In my case #2 is the Ethernet interface name and #3 is the Wifi interface name.

If you are using vnStat you can get a list of Network interface names it is monitoring:

$ netstat -i
Kernel Interface table
enp59s0    1500 0    125122      0      0 0         66472      0      0      0 BMRU
lo        65536 0       970      0      0 0           970      0      0      0 LRU
wlp60s0    1500 0      1036      0      0 0           237      0      0      0 BMRU