10 years ago

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I just call them my little ones, but look at the official wording, what is the screenlet:

„Screenlets are small owner-drawn applications (written in Python) that can be described as "the virtual representation of things lying/standing around on your desk". Sticknotes, clocks, rulers, ... the possibilities are endless.

The goal of the Screenlets base-classes is to simplify the creation of fully themeable mini-apps that each solve basic desktop-work-related needs and generally improve the usability and eye-candy of the modern composited Linux-desktop. „

I could compared with the Android system widgets. Small programs, applets, which are geared to a function, weather, letters to achieve, compass, map system features. Let's see how we can activate them:

    1. Install the Screenlets Settings Manager, if you have not yet done.
          a. Menu> Software Manager.
          b. The right search box enter "screenlets".
          c. Select group of Screenlets, and then click the "Install" button.
    2. Go to Menu> Accessories> Screenlets program.
    3. Here you can choose the little programs and run them by clicking.

Or in terminal:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:screenlets-dev/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install screenlets

Settings Manager

After installing the Screenlets daemon will be available in the taskbar at the bottom right side as well, and quickly became available in the Settings.

The daemon

I made a recording of the desktop, which landed in a couple of programs:

Lot of screenlets

More screenlets avialable here:


Albertaman 6 years ago

The sceenlets link is broken.

m_holmes 7 years ago

This let me know I wasn't doing thnigs wrongly.

rogerbird 8 years ago

What is the difference between "Launch/Add and Install"?
Why don't they always "Launch/Add"?
Why won't they show when the system first boots?
Why do they sometimes have horizontally smeared pictures?