A nice feature of Ubuntu is the Wallpaper changer which can be configured in "Appearance" settings.

Ubuntu's appearance settings

Is there a possibility to do that with elementary OS?


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Another great tool for this is Variety I downloads wallpapers filtered by keyboards unto your computer and changes them in over time. It works great with elementary OS, though you have to adjust the settings to allow Variety to set the greeter wallpaper. Still, it's a third-party ppa so use at your own risk.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install variety
  • Which setting do I have to adjust for greeter wallpaper?
    – bigbang
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 12:00
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    I have the German version, so the translation might be a bit off. There is a tab called "Adjust" (third tab from the right), where you have to mark the option "make sure wallpapers are used in the greeter", than chose "/usr/share/backgrounds/" as wallpaper folder and make sure it is writable by Variety. Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 8:08
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    such a nice handy software Commented Feb 8, 2016 at 9:04
  • Variety is available in Loki as part of the Ubuntu standard repo. It will not be the latest version, but should be well enough (current version in Xenial at this time is 0.6.0 while the PPA has 0.6.3, the additional 3 patches may or may not be important to you).
    – Guss
    Commented Dec 11, 2016 at 13:23
  • OK, this tool is all kinds of awesome. I'm seriously considering replacing my usage of the KDE built-in slideshow wallpaper feature (which is great) with this, on my Kubuntu installation.
    – Guss
    Commented Dec 11, 2016 at 13:42

I don't think that's possible with onboard tools.

But there are several 3rd party applications delivering this feature.
You can use Wallch for that. You can install it via Software Center.

  • I had an issue with Wallch, at first it works nice but after a while it stop working due to unknow reason - switch to variety
    – cgasp
    Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 10:30

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