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Shell and python scripts that set the desktop wallpaper to a word cloud of the most resource-hungry processes
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Python and shell scripts which set your wallpaper to a wordcloud of the most resource-intensive processes presently running.


  • python3
  • gsettings (comes preinstalled with GNOME), plasmashell (comes with KDE) or feh (supported by many Linux distributions).

If gsettings, plasmashell and feh are all not supported by your platform, you can still set wallpaper.png as your wallpaper manually.


  • Clone this repo.
git clone
cd process-wallpaper
  • Set the resolution of your display in config.json
  • Install Python dependencies.
pip3 install -r requirements.txt --user
  • Run


The wallpaper is updated every time is run. To trigger the update every minute, append the following line to crontab -e, remember to replace /path/to/script/directory with the directory of your scripts.


* * * * * export "binpath=/path/to/script/directory"; "DISPLAY=:$(ls -1 /tmp/.X11-unix/X* | grep -oE "[0-9]*$" | sort -n | head -1)"; export "DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=unix:path=/run/user/$(id -u)/bus"; (pushd "${binpath}" && ./ && ./; popd) 2>&1 | logger -t "process-wallpaper"

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* * * * * cd /path/to/script/directory && ./ > /tmp/wallpaper.log 2>&1

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