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GNOME Shell extension - Bing Wallpaper

Bring some color to your GNOME desktop by syncing your desktop and lockscreen wallpapers with today's Microsoft Bing image of the day (the image you see when you visit with this extension. The intention of this extension is to just do what it needs to do and stay out of your way, with a few optional features to improve quality-of-life.

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As featured on OMG! Ubuntu.

Also, check out my related Google Earth View wallpaper extension and the partially-derived Bing Desktop Wallpaper for Cinnamon applet by Starcross.


  • Automatically sets the Bing Image of the Day as both lock screen and desktop wallpapers
  • Only attempts to download wallpapers when they have been updated - doesn't poll continuously
  • Shuffle/randomise wallpapers at adjustable intervals (including from your stored Bing images)
  • Image gallery to view, select and curate stored images
  • Optionally delete old images after a week, or you can keep (and curate) them forever
  • Override the lockscreen blur (NEW: lockscreen blur is now dynamic!)
  • Language support: English (en), German (de), Dutch (nl), Italian (it), Polish (pl), Chinese (zh_CN, zh_TW), French (fr_FR), Portuguese (pt, pt_BR), Ukrainian (uk), Russian (ru_RU), Spanish (es), Korean (ko), Indonesian (id), Catalan (ca), Norwegian Bokmål (nb) & Nynorsk (nn), Swedish (sv), Arabic (ar), Hungarian (hu), Japanese (ja), Czech (cs_CZ), Finnish (fi_FI) and Turkish (tr) - a HUGE thanks to the translators
  • Image preview in menus & ability to manually set wallpapers individually or copy image to clipboard
  • A selection of different theme-aware indicator (tray) icons to choose (or hide it completely)


Known Issues

  • In China, users are limited to 'Chinese – China', 'English - International' markets (this is the way Bing handles the Chinese market/locale, not an extension 'bug' - sorry!)
  • Bing may detect your location incorrectly (and force a locale as above) - if you see this, please let me know what itself does
  • GNOME Shell themes can break some GNOME popup menu elements (toggle switches for example). This impacts GNOME more generally, not just this extension. Double check you are running latest versions of your themes (or disable them).


GNOME 3.36+ or 40+ (Ubuntu 20.04 LTS or later, older versions of the extension work with 3.18+, but are no longer supported).


Install from

or install directly to your GNOME extensions directory (useful if you want to hack on it)

mkdir ~/Desktop/source
cd ~/Desktop/source
git clone
cd bing-wallpaper-gnome-extension

Enable debug logging

Enable debug logging through the exptension preferences 'Debug options' tab or if unable to open preferences you can enable debugging using dconf-editor with this command:

GSETTINGS_SCHEMA_DIR=$HOME/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/ dconf-editor /org/gnome/shell/extensions/bingwallpaper/

Please include logs from your journal when submitting bug notices (make sure nothing sensitive is included in the text!).


Image gallery



Settings Settings Settings Settings

Lockscreen blur control

From left to right:

  • no blur/no dimming
  • slight blur/default dimming
  • default blur/default dimming Blur example

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Do you like this extension and want to show that you appreciate the work that goes into adding new features and keeping it maintained? Please consider buying me a coffee on GitHub Sponsors or on Flattr.


This extension is unofficial and not affiliated with Bing or Microsoft in any way. Images are protected by copyright, and are licensed only for use as wallpapers.

Special Thanks

This extension is based on the NASA APOD extension by Elinvention and inspired by Bing Desktop WallpaperChanger by Utkarsh Gupta. Lockscreen blur code is based on Pratap-Kumar's extension. I'd like to give a special shout out to those who have contributed code and translations as well as everyone who has reported bugs or provided feedback and suggestions for improvements. Also, thanks to Microsoft for this great API and wallpaper collection.


This extension is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.