Working with Elegant and Eleganto conky

8 cores

4 cores

2 cores


If you do not have an 8 core computer and you want a working conky.
First make a copy of the conky and rename it.

An example

Change the copy of Arco-Elegant.conkyrc to Arco-Elegant-4core.conkyrc.

If you do a copy/paste of /etc/skel in the future then it will NOT be overwritten.

Elegant and Eleganto have been created for computers with 8 cores or more. They are basically the same. Elegant is written in the ‘old’ conky code and Eleganto is written in the newer – lua coding. We will use both conkies to research how conkies behave in different desktops and display managers.

If you do not have 8 cores then selecting this conky will show you NOTHING. You will have to do some manual editing.

In the video we show you how to make this conky work on your system if you have

  • 4 cores
  • 2 cores


Elegant and Eleganto were designed to have a special font called xirod.

Many of the conky’s use special fonts. Do not forget to install them via this article.

Let us install the font together. Since is is 100% copyright free you can find it in


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