Monday, November 5, 2012

Display Gmail Unread Message Count On Your Desktop With Gmail Conky - Ubuntu/Linux Mint

In this tutorial, we will help you install a nice Gmail conky script that will show on your desktop unread message count of your Gmail account. Here is a screenshot of it under Ubuntu:

1. Gmail-Conky Installation

Open the terminal and run these commands:

sudo apt-get install conky-all 
cd /tmp 
wget -O 
unzip -q 
cd GmailConky 
mkdir -p ~/.conky ~/.Gmail_Conky 
cp  mail.png ~/.conky 
cp conkyrcGmail ~/.Gmail_Conky

2. Adding Your Gmail Account

Edit the file with this command:

gedit ~/.conky/

For Linux Mint:

pluma ~/.conky/

Add now your Gmail username and password, then save the file and exit:

3. Starting Gmail-Conky

You can now run the script with this command:

conky -c ~/.Gmail_Conky/conkyrcGmail

If you want to start it automatically, create a new file and add the following lines:

sleep 15
conky -c ~/.Gmail_Conky/conkyrcGmail

Save your files and give it execution permission with this command:

chmod +x gmail-file-name

Finally, add it to "Startup Applications" to make it load after you login.

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