xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -p /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/image-path -s <image-file>

Change wallpaper for xfce4 >= 4.6.0

Simply changes the wallpaper of xfce4 from the command line. Not for multiple displays.

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2009-04-30 01:40:52

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Works perfectly, thanks!
JulijanAndjelic · 444 weeks and 3 days ago
Nice, thank you TheMightyBuzzard. Could you please tell me how you got the extra parameteres like /backdrop0/screen0 etc?
n1nja · 400 weeks ago
@ninja: I honestly don't remember how I found it originally. It's easy enough to get a look though. for channel in $(xfconf-query -l | grep -e '^\s'); do echo "Channel: $channel"; xfconf-query -c $channel -l; echo ''; done That will give you a full listing of all the properties of each channel and you can query one you want to check out with: xfconf-query -c <channel> -p <property>
TheMightyBuzzard · 397 weeks and 5 days ago
@n1nja, the "Settings Editor" application is a gui that shows all the paths, and allows you to change the settings. I find it helpful as a reference when writing scripts that use xfconf-query. I use Xubuntu, so I can't be certain that it's included with "out of the box" Xfce, but I think it is.
MageJohn · 270 weeks ago
I'm using xfce 4.8 on Ubuntu 12.04. I was able to get this working on a different computer, but on this machine, when I try to run this command, i get the error: property "backdrop/screen0/monitor0/image-path" does not exist on channel "xfce4-desktop" When I do xfconf-query to get a list of channels, xfce4-desktop is not in the list. Any ideas how to fix this?
Jalexa · 262 weeks and 1 day ago
Nevermind. Solved. I was trying to run the command on a fresh install. Once I went into the appearance settings GUI and switched wallpapers, it created the channel and properties for me.
Jalexa · 262 weeks ago
@Jalexa: Cheers. I would never have been able to figure that out, not knowing it was a completely fresh install.
TheMightyBuzzard · 262 weeks ago

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