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Updated: 2007-08-08
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NAME

conky - A system monitor for X originally based on the torsmo code, but more kickass. It just keeps on given'er. Yeah.  

SYNOPSIS

conky [options]  

DESCRIPTION

Conky is a system monitor for X originally based on the torsmo code. Since it's original conception, Conky has changed a fair bit from it's predecessor. Conky can display just about anything, either on your root desktop or in it's own window. Conky has many built-in objects, as well as the ability to execute programs and scripts, then display the output from stdout.

We are always looking for help, and anyone interested in becoming a developer is welcome. Please use the facilities at SourceForge to make bug reports, feature requests, and submit patches.

Thanks for your interest in Conky.  

COMPILING

For users compiling from source, make sure you have the X development libraries installed. This should be a package along the lines of "libx11-dev or xorg-x11-dev".

Gentoo users -- Conky is in Gentoo's Portage... simply use "emerge app-admin/conky" for installation. There is also usually an up-to-date ebuild within Conky's package or in Svn.

Debian,etc. users -- Conky will be in Debian's repositories soon (by mid-September, hopefully), and then Ubuntu shortly thereafter. Until then, "dpkg -i" the .deb package to install.

Example to compile and run Conky with all optional components (note that some configure options may differ for your system):

sh autogen.sh # Only required if building from Svn
./configure --prefix=/usr --mandir=/usr/share/man --infodir=/usr/share/info --datadir=/usr/share --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var/lib --disable-own-window --enable-audacious[=yes|no|legacy] --enable-bmpx --disable-hddtemp --disable-mpd --enable-xmms2 --disable-portmon --disable-network --enable-debug --disable-x11 --disable-double-buffer --disable-xdamage --disable-xft
make
make install # Optional
src/conky

Conky probably doesn't compile with compilers other than gcc and icc. It doesn't compile with C89 compiler and not even with pure C99. It uses a few things that might not exist: strdup(), strcasecmp(), strncasecmp(), optarg variable with getopt() and long long (not in C89). Crashes in file system statistics stuff when compiled with icc, I don't know exactly why.

You can disable 'drawing to own window' feature in case you don't need it by passing --disable-own-window to configure -script.

 

YOU SHOULD KNOW

Conky is generally very good on resources. However, certain objects in Conky are harder on resources then others. In particular, the $tail, $top, $font, and $graph objects are quite costly in comparison to the rest of Conky.

If you do use them, please do not complain about memory or CPU usage, unless you think something's seriously wrong (mem leak, etc.).

An easy way to force Conky to reload your ~/.conkyrc: "killall -SIGUSR1 conky". Saves you the trouble of having to kill and then restart.

IMPORTANT: For previous Conky users, Conky 1.3 no longer supports the metar stuff. mdsplib was causing way too many problems. Hopefully there'll be a better solution in Conky 2.x...  

OPTIONS

Command line options override configurations defined in configuration file.
-v | -V
Prints version and exits

-a ALIGNMENT
Text alignment on screen, {top,bottom}_{left,right} or none

-b
Use double buffering (eliminates "flicker")

-c FILE
Config file to load instead of $HOME/.conkyrc

-d
Daemonize Conky, aka fork to background

-f FONT
Font to use

-h
Prints command line help and exits

-o
Create own window to draw

-t TEXT
Text to render, remember single quotes, like -t ' $uptime '

-u SECONDS
Update interval

-w WIN_ID
Window id to draw

-x X_COORDINATE
X position

-y Y_COORDINATE
Y position

 

CONFIGURATION SETTINGS

Default configuration file is $HOME/.conkyrc (can be changed from conky.c among other things). See conkyrc.sample. If installing from Debian package, this should be in /usr/share/doc/conky/examples ("gunzip conkyrc.sample.gz" to get conkyrc.sample).

You might want to copy it to $HOME/.conkyrc and then start modifying it. Other configs can be found at http://conky.sf.net

alignment
Aligned position on screen, may be top_left, top_right, bottom_left, bottom_right, or none

background
Boolean value, if true, Conky will be forked to background when started

border_margin
Border margin in pixels

border_width
Border width in pixels

color0
A color variable for use inside TEXT segments

color1
A color variable for use inside TEXT segments

color2
A color variable for use inside TEXT segments

color3
A color variable for use inside TEXT segments

color4
A color variable for use inside TEXT segments

color5
A color variable for use inside TEXT segments

color6
A color variable for use inside TEXT segments

color7
A color variable for use inside TEXT segments

color8
A color variable for use inside TEXT segments

color9
A color variable for use inside TEXT segments

cpu_avg_samples
The number of samples to average for CPU monitoring

default_color
Default color and border color

default_outline_color
Default outline color

default_shade_color
Default shading color and border's shading color

double_buffer
Use the Xdbe extension? (eliminates flicker) It is highly recommended to use own window with this one so double buffer won't be so big.

draw_borders
Draw borders around text?

draw_graph_borders
Draw borders around graphs?

draw_outline
Draw outlines?

draw_shades
Draw shades?

font
Font name in X, xfontsel can be used to get a nice font

gap_x
Gap, in pixels, between right or left border of screen, same as passing -x at command line, e.g. gap_x 10

gap_y
Gap, in pixels, between top or bottom border of screen, same as passing -y at command line, e.g. gap_y 10.

imap
Default global IMAP server. Arguments are: "host user pass [-i interval] [-f folder] [-p port] [-e command]". Default port is 143, default folder is 'INBOX', default interval is 5 minutes. If the password is supplied as '*', you will be prompted to enter the password when Conky starts.

mail_spool
Mail spool for mail checking

max_port_monitor_connections
Allow each port monitor to track at most this many connections (if 0 or not set, default is 256)

max_specials
Maximum number of special things, e.g. fonts, offsets, aligns, etc. (default is 512)

max_user_text bytes
Maximum size of user text buffer, i.e. layout below TEXT line in config file (default is 16384 bytes)

text_buffer_size bytes
Size of the standard text buffer (default is 1280 bytes).

maximum_width pixels
Maximum width of window

minimum_size width (height)
Minimum size of window

mpd_host
Host of MPD server

mpd_port
Port of MPD server

mpd_password
MPD server password

music_player_interval
Music player thread update interval (defaults to Conky's update interval)

net_avg_samples
The number of samples to average for net data

no_buffers
Substract (file system) buffers from used memory?

override_utf8_locale
Force UTF8? requires XFT

own_window
Boolean, create own window to draw?

own_window_class
Manually set the WM_CLASS name. Defaults to "Conky".

own_window_colour colour
If own_window_transparent no, set a specified background colour (defaults to black). Takes either a hex value (#ffffff) or a valid RGB name (see /usr/lib/X11/rgb.txt)

own_window_hints undecorated,below,above,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
If own_window is yes, you may use these window manager hints to affect the way Conky displays. Notes: Use own_window_type desktop as another way to implement many of these hints implicitly. If you use own_window_type override, window manager hints have no meaning and are ignored.

own_window_title
Manually set the window name. Defaults to "<hostname> - conky".

own_window_transparent
Boolean, set pseudo-transparency?

own_window_type
if own_window is yes, you may specify type normal, desktop or override (default: normal). Desktop windows are special windows that have no window decorations; are always visible on your desktop; do not appear in your pager or taskbar; and are sticky across all workspaces. Override windows are not under the control of the window manager. Hints are ignored. This type of window can be useful for certain situations.

out_to_console
Print text to stdout.

pad_percents
Pad percentages to this many decimals (0 = no padding)

pop3
Default global POP3 server. Arguments are: "host user pass [-i interval] [-p port] [-e command]". Default port is 110, default interval is 5 minutes. If the password is supplied as '*', you will be prompted to enter the password when Conky starts.

stippled_borders
Border stippling (dashing) in pixels

total_run_times
Total number of times for Conky to update before quitting. Zero makes Conky run forever

update_interval
Update interval in seconds

uppercase
Boolean value, if true, text is rendered in upper case

use_spacer
Adds spaces after certain objects to stop them from moving other things around. Note that this only helps if you are using a mono font, such as Bitstream Vera Sans Mono.

use_xft
Use Xft (anti-aliased font and stuff)

xftalpha
Alpha of Xft font. Must be a value at or between 1 and 0.

xftfont
Xft font to use.

TEXT
After this begins text to be formatted on screen

 

VARIABLES

Colors are parsed using XParsecolor(), there might be a list of them: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb.txt. Also, http://sedition.com/perl/rgb.html Color can be also in #rrggbb format (hex). Note that when displaying bytes, power is 1024 and not 1000 so 1M really means 1024*1024 bytes and not 1000*1000.
addr interface
IP address for an interface

acpiacadapter
ACPI ac adapter state.

acpifan
ACPI fan state

acpitemp
ACPI temperature in C.

acpitempf
ACPI temperature in F.

adt746xcpu
CPU temperature from therm_adt746x

adt746xfan
Fan speed from therm_adt746x

alignr (num)
Right-justify text, with space of N

alignc (num)
Align text to centre

apm_adapter
Display APM AC adapter status (FreeBSD only)

apm_battery_life
Display APM battery life in percent (FreeBSD only)

apm_battery_time
Display remaining APM battery life in hh:mm:ss or "unknown" if AC adapterstatus is on-line or charging (FreeBSD only)

audacious_bar (height),(width)
Progress bar

audacious_bitrate
Bitrate of current tune

audacious_channels
Number of audio channels of current tune

audacious_filename
Full path and filename of current tune

audacious_frequency
Sampling frequency of current tune

audacious_length
Total length of current tune as MM:SS

audacious_length_seconds
Total length of current tune in seconds

audacious_playlist_position
Playlist position of current tune

audacious_playlist_length
Number of tunes in playlist

audacious_position
Position of current tune (MM:SS)

audacious_position_seconds
Position of current tune in seconds

audacious_status
Player status (Playing/Paused/Stopped/Not running)

audacious_title (max length)
Title of current tune with optional maximum length specifier

battery (num)
Battery status and remaining percentage capacity of ACPI or APM battery. ACPI battery number can be given as argument (default is BAT0).

battery_bar (height),(width) (num)
Battery percentage remaining of ACPI battery in a bar. ACPI battery number can be given as argument (default is BAT0).

battery_percent (num)
Battery percentage remaining for ACPI battery. ACPI battery number can be given as argument (default is BAT0).

battery_time (num)
Battery charge/discharge time remaining of ACPI battery. ACPI battery number can be given as argument (default is BAT0).

bmpx_artist
Artist in current BMPx track

bmpx_album
Album in current BMPx track

bmpx_title
Title of the current BMPx track

bmpx_track
Track number of the current BMPx track

bmpx_bitrate
Bitrate of the current BMPx track

bmpx_uri
URI of the current BMPx track

buffers
Amount of memory buffered

cached
Amount of memory cached

color (color)
Change drawing color to color

color0
Change drawing color to color0 configuration option

color1
Change drawing color to color1 configuration option

color2
Change drawing color to color2 configuration option

color3
Change drawing color to color3 configuration option

color4
Change drawing color to color4 configuration option

color5
Change drawing color to color5 configuration option

color6
Change drawing color to color6 configuration option

color7
Change drawing color to color7 configuration option

color8
Change drawing color to color8 configuration option

color9
Change drawing color to color9 configuration option

cpu (cpuN)
CPU usage in percents. For SMP machines, the CPU number can be provided as an argument. ${cpu cpu0} is the total usage, and ${cpu cpuX} (X >= 1) are individual CPUs.

cpubar (cpu number) (height),(width)
Bar that shows CPU usage, height is bar's height in pixels. See $cpu for more info on SMP.

cpugraph (cpu number) (height),(width) (gradient colour 1) (gradient colour 2)
CPU usage graph, with optional colours in hex, minus the #. See $cpu for more info on SMP.

diskio
Displays current disk IO.

diskiograph (height),(width) (gradient colour 1) (gradient colour 2) (scale)
Disk IO graph, colours defined in hex, minus the #. If scale is non-zero, it becomes the scale for the graph.

diskio_read
Displays current disk IO for reads.

diskiograph_read (height),(width) (gradient colour 1) (gradient colour 2) (scale)
Disk IO graph for reads, colours defined in hex, minus the #. If scale is non-zero, it becomes the scale for the graph.

diskio_write
Displays current disk IO for writes.

diskiograph_write (height),(width) (gradient colour 1) (gradient colour 2) (scale)
Disk IO graph for writes, colours defined in hex, minus the #. If scale is non-zero, it becomes the scale for the graph.

downspeed net
Download speed in kilobytes

downspeedf net
Download speed in kilobytes with one decimal

downspeedgraph net (height),(width) (gradient colour 1) (gradient colour 2) (scale)
Download speed graph, colours defined in hex, minus the #. If scale is non-zero, it becomes the scale for the graph.

else
Text to show if any of the above are not true

entropy_avail
Current entropy available for crypto freaks

entropy_bar (height),(width)
Normalized bar of available entropy for crypto freaks

entropy_poolsize
Total size of system entropy pool for crypto freaks

exec command
Executes a shell command and displays the output in conky. warning: this takes a lot more resources than other variables. I'd recommend coding wanted behaviour in C and posting a patch.

execbar command
Same as exec, except if the first value return is a value between 0-100, it will use that number for a bar. The size for the bar is currently fixed, but that may change in the future.

execgraph command
Same as execbar, but graphs values.

execi interval command
Same as exec but with specific interval. Interval can't be less than update_interval in configuration. See also $texeci

execibar interval command
Same as execbar, except with an interval

execigraph interval command
Same as execigraph, but takes an interval arg graphs values

font (font)
Specify a different font. This new font will apply to the current line and everything following. You can use a $font with no arguments to change back to the default font (much like with $color)

freq (n)
Returns CPU #n's frequency in MHz. CPUs are counted from 1. If omitted, the parameter defaults to 1.

freq_g (n)
Returns CPU #n's frequency in GHz. CPUs are counted from 1. If omitted, the parameter defaults to 1.

freq_dyn
Returns CPU frequency in MHz, but is calculated by counting to clock cycles to complete an instruction. Only available for x86/amd64.

freq_dyn_g
Returns CPU frequency in GHz, but is calculated by counting to clock cycles to complete an instruction. Only available for x86/amd64.

fs_bar (height),(width) fs
Bar that shows how much space is used on a file system. height is the height in pixels. fs is any file on that file system.

fs_free (fs)
Free space on a file system available for users.

fs_free_perc (fs)
Free percentage of space on a file system available for users.

fs_size (fs)
File system size

fs_used (fs)
File system used space

goto x
The next element will be printed at position 'x'.

hddtemp dev, (host,(port))
Displays temperature of a selected hard disk drive as reported by the hddtemp daemon running on host:port. Default host is 127.0.0.1, default port is 7634.

head logfile lines (interval)
Displays first N lines of supplied text text file. If interval is not supplied, Conky assumes 2x Conky's interval. Max of 30 lines can be displayed, or until the text buffer is filled.

hr (height)
Horizontal line, height is the height in pixels

hwmon (dev) type n
Hwmon sensor from sysfs (Linux 2.6). Parameter dev may be omitted if you have only one hwmon device. Parameter type is either 'in' or 'vol' meaning voltage; 'fan' meaning fan; 'temp' (Celsius) or 'tempf' (Fahrenheit) meaning temperature. Parameter n is number of the sensor. See /sys/class/hwmon/ on your local computer.

iconv_start codeset_from codeset_to
Convert text from one codeset to another using GNU iconv. Needs to be stopped with iconv_stop.

iconv_stop
Stop iconv codeset conversion.

i2c (dev) type n
I2C sensor from sysfs (Linux 2.6). Parameter dev may be omitted if you have only one I2C device. Parameter type is either 'in' or 'vol' meaning voltage; 'fan' meaning fan; 'temp' (Celsius) or 'tempf' (Fahrenheit) meaning temperature. Parameter n is number of the sensor. See /sys/bus/i2c/devices/ on your local computer.

i8k_ac_status
If running the i8k kernel driver for Inspiron laptops, displays whether ac power is on, as listed in /proc/i8k (translated to human-readable). Beware that this is by default not enabled by i8k itself.

i8k_bios
If running the i8k kernel driver for Inspiron laptops, displays the bios version as listed in /proc/i8k.

i8k_buttons_status
If running the i8k kernel driver for Inspiron laptops, displays the volume buttons status as listed in /proc/i8k.

i8k_cpu_temp
If running the i8k kernel driver for Inspiron laptops, displays the cpu temperature in Celsius, as reported by /proc/i8k.

i8k_cpu_tempf
If running the i8k kernel driver for Inspiron laptops, displays the cpu temperature in Fahrenheit, as reported by /proc/i8k.

i8k_left_fan_rpm
If running the i8k kernel driver for Inspiron laptops, displays the left fan's rate of rotation, in revolutions per minute as listed in /proc/i8k. Beware, some laptops i8k reports these fans in reverse order.

i8k_left_fan_status
If running the i8k kernel driver for Inspiron laptops, displays the left fan status as listed in /proc/i8k (translated to human-readable). Beware, some laptops i8k reports these fans in reverse order.

i8k_right_fan_rpm
If running the i8k kernel driver for Inspiron laptops, displays the right fan's rate of rotation, in revolutions per minute as listed in /proc/i8k. Beware, some laptops i8k reports these fans in reverse order.

i8k_right_fan_status
If running the i8k kernel driver for Inspiron laptops, displays the right fan status as listed in /proc/i8k (translated to human-readable). Beware, some laptops i8k reports these fans in reverse order.

i8k_serial
If running the i8k kernel driver for Inspiron laptops, displays your laptop serial number as listed in /proc/i8k.

i8k_version
If running the i8k kernel driver for Inspiron laptops, displays the version formatting of /proc/i8k.

ibm_fan
If running the IBM ACPI, displays the fan speed.

ibm_temps N
If running the IBM ACPI, displays the temperatures from the IBM temperature sensors (N=0..7) Sensor 0 is on the CPU, 3 is on the GPU.

ibm_volume
If running the IBM ACPI, displays the "master" volume, controlled by the volume keys (0-14).

ibm_brightness
If running the IBM ACPI, displays the brigtness of the laptops's LCD (0-7).

if_empty (var)
if conky variable VAR is empty, display everything between $if_empty and the matching $endif

if_running (process)
if PROCESS is running, display everything $if_running and the matching $endif

if_existing file (string)
if FILE exists, display everything between if_existing and the matching $endif. The optional second paramater checks for FILE containing the specified string and prints everything between $if_existing and the matching $endif.

if_mounted (mountpoint)
if MOUNTPOINT is mounted, display everything between $if_mounted and the matching $endif

imap_messages (args)
Displays the number of messages in your global IMAP inbox by default. You can define individual IMAP inboxes seperately by passing arguments to this object. Arguments are: "host user pass [-i interval] [-p port] [-e command]". Default port is 143, default interval is 5 minutes. If the password is supplied as '*', you will be prompted to enter the password when Conky starts.

imap_unseen (args)
Displays the number of unseen messages in your global IMAP inbox by default. You can define individual IMAP inboxes seperately by passing arguments to this object. Arguments are: "host user pass [-i interval] [-p port] [-e command]". Default port is 143, default interval is 5 minutes. If the password is supplied as '*', you will be prompted to enter the password when Conky starts.

kernel
Kernel version

loadavg
(1,2,3)> System load average, 1 is for past 1 minute, 2 for past 5 minutes and 3 for past 15 minutes.

machine
Machine, i686 for example

mails (mailbox) (interval)
Mail count in the specified mailbox or your mail spool if not. Both mbox and maildir type mailboxes are supported. You can use a program like fetchmail to get mails from some server using your favourite protocol. See also new_mails.

mboxscan (-n number of messages to print) (-fw from width) (-sw subject width) mbox
Print a summary of recent messages in an mbox format mailbox. mbox parameter is the filename of the mailbox (can be encapsulated using '"', ie. ${mboxscan -n 10 "/home/brenden/some box"}

mem
Amount of memory in use

membar (height),(width)
Bar that shows amount of memory in use

memmax
Total amount of memory

memperc
Percentage of memory in use

mpd_artist
Artist in current MPD song must be enabled at compile

mpd_album
Album in current MPD song

mpd_bar (height),(width)
Bar of mpd's progress

mpd_bitrate
Bitrate of current song

mpd_status
Playing, stopped, et cetera.

mpd_title (max length)
Title of current MPD song

mpd_vol
MPD's volume

mpd_elapsed
Song's elapsed time

mpd_length
Song's length

mpd_percent
Percent of song's progress

mpd_random
Random status (On/Off)

mpd_repeat
Repeat status (On/Off)

mpd_track
Prints the MPD track field

mpd_name
Prints the MPD name field

mpd_file
Prints the file name of the current MPD song

mpd_smart
Prints the song name in either the form "artist - title" or file name, depending on whats available

new_mails (mailbox) (interval)
Unread mail count in the specified mailbox or mail spool if not. Both mbox and maildir type mailboxes are supported.

nodename
Hostname

outlinecolor (color)
Change outline color

pb_battery item
If running on Apple powerbook/ibook, display information on battery status. The item parameter specifies, what information to display. Exactly one item must be specified. Valid items are:

status: Display if battery is fully charged, charging, discharging or absent (running on AC)
percent: Display charge of battery in percent, if charging or discharging. Nothing will be displayed, if battery is fully charged or absent.
time: Display the time remaining until the battery will be fully charged or discharged at current rate. Nothing is displayed, if battery is absent or if it's present but fully charged and not discharging.

platform (dev) type n
Platform sensor from sysfs (Linux 2.6). Parameter dev may be omitted if you have only one platform device. Platform type is either 'in' or 'vol' meaning voltage; 'fan' meaning fan; 'temp' (Celsius) or 'tempf' (Fahrenheit) meaning temperature. Parameter n is number of the sensor. See /sys/bus/platform/devices/ on your local computer.

pop3_unseen (args)
Displays the number of unseen messages in your global POP3 inbox by default. You can define individual POP3 inboxes seperately by passing arguments to this object. Arguments are: "host user pass [-i interval] [-p port] [-e command]". Default port is 110, default interval is 5 minutes. If the password is supplied as '*', you will be prompted to enter the password when Conky starts.

pop3_used (args)
Displays the amount of space (in MiB, 2^20) used in your global POP3 inbox by default. You can define individual POP3 inboxes seperately by passing arguments to this object. Arguments are: "host user pass [-i interval] [-p port] [-e command]". Default port is 110, default interval is 5 minutes. If the password is supplied as '*', you will be prompted to enter the password when Conky starts.

pre_exec shell command
Executes a shell command one time before conky displays anything and puts output as text.

processes
Total processes (sleeping and running)

running_processes
Running processes (not sleeping), requires Linux 2.6

shadecolor (color)
Change shading color

stippled_hr (space)
Stippled (dashed) horizontal line

swapbar (height),(width)
Bar that shows amount of swap in use

swap
Amount of swap in use

swapmax
Total amount of swap

swapperc
Percentage of swap in use

sysname
System name, Linux for example

tcp_portmon port_begin port_end item (index) (ip4 only at present)
TCP port monitor for specified local ports. Port numbers must be in the range 1 to 65535. Valid items are:

count - total number of connections in the range
rip - remote ip address
rhost - remote host name
rport - remote port number
rservice - remote service name from /etc/services
lip - local ip address
lhost - local host name
lport - local port number
lservice - local service name from /etc/services

The connection index provides you with access to each connection in the port monitor. The monitor will return information for index values from 0 to n-1 connections. Values higher than n-1 are simply ignored. For the "count" item, the connection index must be omitted. It is required for all other items.

Examples:
${tcp_portmon 6881 6999 count} - displays the number of connections in the bittorrent port range
${tcp_portmon 22 22 rip 0} - displays the remote host ip of the first sshd connection
${tcp_portmon 22 22 rip 9} - displays the remote host ip of the tenth sshd connection
${tcp_portmon 1 1024 rhost 0} - displays the remote host name of the first connection on a privileged port
${tcp_portmon 1 1024 rport 4} - displays the remote host port of the fifth connection on a privileged port
${tcp_portmon 1 65535 lservice 14} - displays the local service name of the fifteenth connection in the range of all ports

Note that port monitor variables which share the same port range actually refer to the same monitor, so many references to a single port range for different items and different indexes all use the same monitor internally. In other words, the program avoids creating redundant monitors.

texeci interval command
Runs a command at an interval inside a thread and displays the output. Same as $execi, except the command is run inside a thread. Use this if you have a slow script to keep Conky updating. You should make the interval slightly longer then the time it takes your script to execute. For example, if you have a script that take 5 seconds to execute, you should make the interval at least 6 seconds. See also $execi.

offset (pixels)
Move text over by N pixels. See also $voffset.

rss url delay_in_minutes action item_num
Download and parse RSS feeds. Action may be one of the following: feed_title, item_title (with num par), item_desc (with num par) and item_titles.

tab (width, (start))
Puts a tab of the specified width, starting from column 'start'.

tail logfile lines (interval)
Displays last N lines of supplied text text file. If interval is not supplied, Conky assumes 2x Conky's interval. Max of 30 lines can be displayed, or until the text buffer is filled.

time (format)
Local time, see man strftime to get more information about format

utime (format)
Display time in UTC (universal coordinate time).

tztime (timezone) (format)
Local time for specified timezone, see man strftime to get more information about format. The timezone argument is specified in similar fashion as TZ environment variable. For hints, look in /usr/share/zoneinfo. e.g. US/Pacific, Europe/Zurich, etc.

totaldown net
Total download, overflows at 4 GB on Linux with 32-bit arch and there doesn't seem to be a way to know how many times it has already done that before conky has started.

top type, num
This takes arguments in the form:top (name) (number) Basically, processes are ranked from highest to lowest in terms of cpu usage, which is what (num) represents. The types are: "name", "pid", "cpu", and "mem". There can be a max of 10 processes listed.

top_mem type, num
Same as top, except sorted by mem usage instead of cpu

totalup net
Total upload, this one too, may overflow

updates Number of updates
for debugging

upspeed net
Upload speed in kilobytes

upspeedf net
Upload speed in kilobytes with one decimal

upspeedgraph net (height),(width) (gradient colour 1) (gradient colour 2) (scale)
Upload speed graph, colours defined in hex, minus the #. If scale is non-zero, it becomes the scale for the graph.

uptime
Uptime

uptime_short
Uptime in a shorter format

voffset (pixels)
Change vertical offset by N pixels. Negative values will cause text to overlap. See also $offset.

voltage_mv (n)
Returns CPU #n's voltage in mV. CPUs are counted from 1. If omitted, the parameter defaults to 1.

voltage_v (n)
Returns CPU #n's voltage in V. CPUs are counted from 1. If omitted, the parameter defaults to 1.

wireless_essid net
Wireless access point ESSID (Linux only)

wireless_mode net
Wireless mode (Managed/Ad-Hoc/Master) (Linux only)

wireless_bitrate net
Wireless bitrate (ie 11 Mb/s) (Linux only)

wireless_ap net
Wireless access point MAC address (Linux only)

wireless_link_qual net
Wireless link quality (Linux only)

wireless_link_qual_max net
Wireless link quality maximum value (Linux only)

wireless_link_qual_perc net
Wireless link quality in percents (Linux only)

wireless_link_bar (height), (width) net
Wireless link quality bar (Linux only)

xmms2_artist
Artist in current XMMS2 song

xmms2_album
Album in current XMMS2 song

xmms2_title
Title in current XMMS2 song

xmms2_genre
Genre in current XMMS2 song

xmms2_comment
Comment in current XMMS2 song

xmms2_decoder
Decoder plugin used

xmms2_transport
Transport plugin used

xmms2_url
Full path to current song

xmms2_tracknr
Track number in current XMMS2 song

xmms2_bitrate
Bitrate of current song

xmms2_id
XMMS2 id of current song

xmms2_duration
Duration of current song

xmms2_elapsed
Song's elapsed time

xmms2_size
Size of current song

xmms2_percent
Percent of song's progress

xmms2_status
XMMS2 status (Playing, Paused, Stopped, or Disconnected)

xmms2_bar (height),(width)
Bar of XMMS2's progress

xmms2_smart
Prints the song name in either the form "artist - title" or file name, depending on whats available

 

EXAMPLES

conky -t '${time %D %H:%M}' -o -u 30
Start Conky in its own window with date and clock as text and 30 sec update interval.
conky -a top_left -x 5 -y 500 -d
Start Conky to background at coordinates (5, 500).
 

FILES

~/.conkyrc default configuration file  

BUGS

Drawing to root or some other desktop window directly doesn't work with all window managers. Especially doesn't work well with Gnome and it has been reported that it doesn't work with KDE either. Nautilus can be disabled from drawing to desktop with program gconf-editor. Uncheck show_desktop in /apps/nautilus/preferences/. There is -w switch in Conky to set some specific window id. You might find xwininfo -tree useful to find the window to draw to. You can also use -o argument which makes Conky to create its own window.  

SEE ALSO

http://conky.sourceforge.net

http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/conky

#conky on irc.freenode.net  

AUTHORS

The Conky dev team. What's up now!


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
COMPILING
YOU SHOULD KNOW
OPTIONS
CONFIGURATION SETTINGS
VARIABLES
EXAMPLES
FILES
BUGS
SEE ALSO
AUTHORS