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Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any kind of information on your desktop. Conky is free software and runs in X on Linux and BSD. Originally a fork of Torsmo, Conky's torsmo-based code is BSD licensed. New code in Conky has been licensed under the GPL 3.0.

Since its inception, Conky has changed significantly from its predecessor, while maintaining simplicity and configurability. Conky can display just about anything, either on your root desktop, in its own window. Not only does Conky have many built-in objects, it can also display just about any piece of information by using scripts and other external programs.

Although Conky was originally designed for X, newer versions can also be used to write to log files, display in GNU Screen ...

The name Conky comes from a character in a Canadian TV show Trailer Park Boys.



  • Installation - Getting Conky on your system
  • Configurations - Conky's settings / variables
  • Window Configuration - Conky window configuration settings for different WM/DE like KDE/Unity/Cinnamon/GNU Screen/...
  • Configs - Default configs / User-submitted configs
  • FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
  • Lua - Conky's Lua APIs / Tips and tricks


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