Bing Wallpaper for Mac and Ubuntu
A script which downloads the latest picture of the day from Bing.com and saves it to a directory.
The script was tested on: Mac OS X 10.8.2 and 10.8.3 Ubuntu 12.04 - 13.10
How to use?
- Just run the bing-wallpaper.sh script from the terminal. The script will download the bing image.
- If desired, change the default PICTURE_DIR in bing-wallpaper.sh to the wallpaper directory. If left unchanged the default value is ~/Pictures/bing-wallpapers/.
Configuration on Mac
Desktop & Screensaver, add the wallpaper directory, and configure to taste.
To have the script run everyday automatically you will need to setup launchd (Mac only, for Ubuntu see below). I have provided a sample plist file, found in the Tools directory, which can be copied to $HOME/Library/LaunchAgents and loaded with the command
launchctl load $HOME/Library/LaunchAgents/com.ideasftw.bing-wallpaper.plistModify the plist as needed to point to bing-wallpaper.sh. For more information on configuring launchd see here.
Another option on Mac (and arguably a little simpler) is to set the Calendar app to run the Tools/Bing Wallpaper.app at a recurring daily time. Modify the app (from within Automator) as it needs to point to bing-wallpaper.sh and the correct PICTURE_DIR.
Configuration on Ubuntu
- To install Gnome background slideshow, in the terminal run:
$ git clone email@example.com:thejandroman/bing-wallpaper.git $ bing-wallpaper/Tools/gnome-bing-slideshow/deploy-gnome-settings.sh
bing-wallpaper/bing-random-pic.shto run regularly.
Change the background properties to use the new slideshow.
How to register bing-wallpaper.sh or bing-random-pic.sh to run regularly.
There are two ways to run the scipts regularly: cron jobs and startup applications.
- Cron jobs:
- Change the path of bing-wallpaper.sh in Tools/bing-cron to the desired script location. If left unchanged the default value is ~/Pictures/bing-wallpaper.sh.
- From the terminal run
crontab /path/to/bing-cronto setup the cronjob.
- Startup programs:
- From HUD, search for startup applications.
- Add bing-random-pic.sh or bing-wallpaper.sh.
The Ubuntu script was tested in Ubuntu 12.04 - 13.10.
Original script by ktmud can be found at https://github.com/ktmud/bing-wallpaper.