Quick start guide


Install Conky, xdotool, curl and xwininfo using your distribution’s package manager. For example:

In openSUSE you would run the following command as root:

zypper install conky xwininfo xdotool curl

In Debian or Ubuntu you would run the following as root:

apt-get install conky x11-utils xdotool curl

Download and extract the archive to your home directory:

cd ~/Downloads
wget http://www.thefifthcontinent.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/conkybots-0.1.5-noarch.tar.gz
gunzip conkybots-0.1.5-noarch.tar.gz
tar -xvf conkybots-0.1.5-noarch.tar

This will create a hidden directory called .conky where all the files live. Move this hidden directory to your home directory.

Configuring colours and fonts

  • Navigate to the directory ~/.conky/conkybots
  • Edit the function load_global_settings() in the file settings.lua. Change the colours and fonts to your liking.

Configuring Weatherbot

  • Visit http://www.intellicast.com and search for your chosen location.
  • Make a note of the code.
  • Navigate to the directory ~/.conky/conkybots
  • Edit the file settings.lua and change the code CAXX0504 to your location code. It will be found in the load_weatherbot_settings() function at line 93.

Configuring Systembot

  • Navigate to the directory ~/.conky/conkybots
  • Edit the function load_systembot_settings() in the file settings.lua.
  • The local_network setting is the first part of your local IP Address.
  • You may have up to four file systems shown in systembot. Simply set the target, order and display text as required.
  • If you are not running an Nvidia graphics card then the graphics helper should be changed from ‘nvidia’ to nil.

Running Conkybots

  • Press Alt + F2
  • To run WeatherBot run
    conky -c ~/.conky/weather.rc
  • To run Systembot, run
    conky -c ~/.conky/system.rc


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