How to configure Conky with a GUI-based Conky config tool

Conky is a light-weight system monitor for X, which displays a variety of information on your desktop. Conky is a highly configurable program which can monitor various time-varying system properties such as CPU load/temperature, free memory, free disk space, battery status, network traffic, etc. Conky consumes little system resources because it renders information within a desktop theme instead of using separate widget toolkits.

The difficult part of using Conky for beginners though is to configure Conky. You need to create a Conky configuration file with properly formatted code, which can sometimes be tricky. That is when a Conky config tool such as Conky Manager comes in handy. Conky Manager is a GUI frontend for managing Conky configuration files. On Conky Manager, you can choose from multiple Conky themes that come with it, customize a chosen theme, and activate a preferred view with a simple mouse click.

Install Conky Manager on Linux

Follow these steps to install the Conky Manager application.

To install Conky Manager on Ubuntu or Linux Mint:

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install conky-manager

To install Conky Manager on Fedora, go to, and clik on the Fedora logo to expand the options. You will see the instructions for either installing it from repositories or installing binary packages manually.

To install Conky Manager on Opensuse, go to, and click on the Opensuse logo to expand install options. You can use a one-click install button for Tumbleweed/Opensuse 12.3/Opensuse13.1. Alternatively, install it from repositories, or install all needed applications manually.

Manage Conky Config Files with Conky Manager

To launch Conky-manager, type the following from the command line.

$ conky-manager

Conky Manager will show you one window with four tabs like below.

Under "Theme" tab, you can see a list of available Conky themes. To see what a given theme looks like, select the theme, and click on Preview button at the bottom.

To customize a theme, go to "Edit" tab. Choose the theme you would like to edit in "Widget" field. You can make an adjustment for location, transparency, window size, time, and network interface.

Under the "Options" tab, you can set various Conky related options, such as enabling Conky auto-start, adding Conky themes, and killing Conky process.

Here is a screenshot of Conky theme (Conky Seamod) activated by Conky Manager on my desktop.

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Kristophorus Hadiono is a Linux enthusiast and a teacher in private higher educations in Indonesia. He uses Linux for his daily computing, also when he teaches his students. He is currently continuing his education with government scholarship at a private university in Bangkok, Thailand.

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