CLI to help change the wallpaper in a more comfortable way.
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Maximilian P. Käfer b0e4edc2c1
Fixed path bug
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Paperchanger is a program aimed to assist one using the xwallpaper tool.

Hence xwallpaper provides no comprehensive way of changing the wallpaper through a graphical selector, paperchanger is there to fix this flaw. Of course paperchanger offers fuctionality to change the wallpaper by passing a path to a file, just like you would with xwallpaper.

Additionally, paperchanger gives you the option of specifying a default directory where all your wallpapers are stored. This is nice, as it provides an easier workflow for changing wallpapers.

It is important to know that paperchanger is using the --zoom flag provided by xwallpaper internally, although this might be adjusted or extended at some point in the future.


Arch Based Systems

With an AUR Manager

If you are using an arch based system, you can install the paperchanger package from the AUR (Arch User Repository). (Not yet available!)

An AUR manager like yay may be used for an easy installation:

$ yay -S paperchanger

Without an AUR manager

If you do not want to use an AUR manager, here is how to compile and install the package manually:

Download the PKGBUILD file from this repository or from the paperchanger AUR site and move it to some folder.

Navigate into this folder using:

$ cd path-to-the-folder

Now use the makepkg command to download the source files and compile the package:

$ makepkg

After you are done creating the package, you should have many files including a .pkg.tar.zst archive. This is your compressed ready to use paperchanger package, which can now be installed using pacman.

$ sudo pacman -U path-to-your-archive

The folder and its contents used for the installation process may now be deleted.

Other Systems (PKGBUILD file is not used)

A dpkg-buildpackage file might be added at some point, but for now the installation must be done manually.

Make sure git is installed on your system. First clone the source files from this git repository:

$ git clone

Navigate into the folder using:

$ cd paperchanger/

Now copy the shell script into the /usr/bin/ folder on your system:

$ sudo cp /usr/local/bin/paperchanger

Now the, the LICENSE and the paperchanger.1 files have to be copied to the appropriate folders on your system:

$ sudo mkdir /usr/share/doc/paperchanger
$ sudo cp /usr/share/doc/paperchanger/

$ sudo mkdir /usr/share/licenses/paperchanger
$ sudo cp LICENSE /usr/share/licenses/paperchanger/LICENSE

$ sudo cp paperchanger.1 /usr/local/man/man1/paperchanger.1

Paperchanger is now installed on your system, thus the folder you are in right now used for the installation might be deleted.


Paperchanger has some flags that can be used.

A breef overview about the functionality can be accessed by looking into the help output:

$ paperchanger -h

or just
$ paperchanger

This will look something like this:

A tool to help change the wallpaper in a more comfortable way.
Uses xwallpaper to load the specified wallpaper.

Usage: paperchanger [OPTION] [PATH]
  -h,  --help, help                            	Print this help.
  -d,  --display, display                      	Display the specified wallpaper.
  -s,  --set, set                              	Set the wallpaper with the path as parameter.
  -S,  --Set, Set                              	Set the wallpaper with a graphical file chooser.
  -ds, --display-and-set, display-and-set      	Set the wallpaper with an path as parameter AND display the specified wallpaper.
  -dS, --display-and-Set, display-and-Set      	Set the wallpaper with a graphical file chooser AND display the specified wallpaper.
  -p,  --path, path                            	Set the path of the default directory as parameter, where the file chooser to select a wallpaper is initially opened.
  -P,  --Path, Path                            	Set the path of the default directory with a graphical file chooser, where the file chooser to select a file chooser is initially opened.

For further information about what every flag is doing, feel free to look into the man page for the package.