Exploring the conky wo-conky-clock-lua and wo-conky-system-lua and changing it – any desktop

We have two kind of conky’s. The regular conky and the conky created with LUA. Lua is a programming language. You can learn more about the language here.

Conky’s, that are using lua, will have those three letters in their naming. When on ArcoLinuxD you will have to give support for that language to be interpreted. You better install “conky-lua-archers“.

Go find your conky’s in


We open it up with ATOM to see the colors. Packages minimap and pigments are installed.

With ifconfig  you can find your name of your network interface. Change it in settings.lua.

We will change the font size of the day.

We will change the color of the font.

We will show where to change the colors of the dials.

We will change the look of the clock – no second hand.

We can change the look of the box as well.

All you need to do is test.


Change one parameter and test what changed.

General conky info

A conky will NEVER EVER work on all desktops.

There are just too much differences between all the different window managers.

It will also depend on the software you have installed.

There are two versions of the application called ‘conky’.

  1. version 1.9 and earlier – old syntax
  2. version 1.10 and higher  – new syntax – LUA (and old syntax)

We install the application conky-lua-archers (1.10) on ArcoLinux

Options to explore when encountering issues :

  • own_window_type = ‘desktop’,          # options are: normal/override/dock/desktop/panel
  • own_window_transparent = true,     # options are : true and false
  • own_window_argb_visual = true,     # options are : true and false
  • own_window_argb_value = 0,           # options are : 0-255

More information about conkies can be found here :

Arch wiki

Conky github configuration

Conky github faq

Conky github user configs

Conky configuration on sourceforge

Conky variables on sourceforge