The auto transparent/solid topbar (wingpanel) in elementary OS Freya is awesome! But I'd like to keep it always transparent if the wallpaper allows it. Currently if the wallpaper allows topbar transparency but you maximize a windows, then topbar becomes solid (black).

Is there any way to keep it transparent even with maximized windows if wallpapers allows it?

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You can run these commands from terminal

gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.wingpanel auto-adjust-alpha false

that will do it but if you want to adjust the transparency

gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.wingpanel background-alpha 0.3

The background-alpha key can be any value between 0 and 1, and if you have dconf editor you can use it to adjust the keys too.

  • Once I have run this commands, is there a way to back to default config?
    – Gocht
    Commented Nov 7, 2015 at 4:34
  • not tested but this should do it gsettings reset org.pantheon.desktop.wingpanel auto-adjust-alpha
    – user2587
    Commented Nov 7, 2015 at 4:58

The key has been changed in Newer version of Wingpanel like version 2.0.1. Use this instead

gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.wingpanel use-transparency true

If you want to reset, use

gsettings reset org.pantheon.desktop.wingpanel use-transparency
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    No such schema “org.pantheon.desktop.wingpanel” :( Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 16:31
  • > gsettings set io.elementary.desktop.wingpanel use-transparency true that will not work on maximized window Commented Oct 21, 2022 at 4:18

For those who are looking for the current gsettings command, it's

gsettings set io.elementary.desktop.wingpanel use-transparency true

On my Hera it was already set to true however, so it didn't really solve the original problem.

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