How to install more wallpaper packs on Fedora Workstation

Every release, the Fedora Design team creates a new default wallpaper for Fedora. In addition to the default wallpaper, the Fedora repositories also contain a set of extra Supplemental Wallpapers for each release. These older wallpapers are not installed by default, but are easily installed from the Fedora Repositories. If you have just set up a fresh install of Fedora, and want to expand your choices for your desktop wallpaper, the older Fedora wallpapers are a great choice.

This post lists out the older wallpapers available in the Fedora repositories, and how to install them on your current Fedora install. On Fedora Workstation, after you have installed your desired pack, they will show up in the Wallpapers tab in the Background chooser in the Settings.

Note: If you are using a desktop environment other than the default for Fedora Workstation (GNOME), there are also packages tailored to some of the more popular alternative desktops. In most of the examples below, simply change

gnome

in the dnf install line to

kde

or

mate

or

xfce

when installing the package.

Fedora 28 Wallpapers

Fedora 28 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 28 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f28-backgrounds-gnome

Fedora 28 Supplemental Wallpapers

To install the Fedora 28 supplementary wallpapers, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f28-backgrounds-extras-gnome

Fedora 27 Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 27 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f27-backgrounds-gnome

Fedora 26 Wallpapers

Fedora 26 Default Wallpaper

 

To install the Fedora 26 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f26-backgrounds-gnome

Fedora 26 Supplemental Wallpapers

To install the Fedora 26 supplementary wallpapers, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f26-backgrounds-extras-gnome

Fedora 25 Wallpapers

Fedora 25 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 25 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f25-backgrounds-gnome

Fedora 25 Supplemental Wallpapers

To install the Fedora 25 supplementary wallpapers, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f25-backgrounds-extras-gnome

Fedora 24 Wallpapers

Fedora 24 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 24 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f24-backgrounds-gnome

 

Fedora 24 Supplemental Wallpapers

To install the Fedora 24 supplementary wallpapers, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f24-backgrounds-extras-gnome

 


 

Fedora 23 Wallpapers

Fedora 23 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 23 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f23-backgrounds-gnome

Fedora 23 Supplemental Wallpapers

To install the Fedora 23 supplementary wallpapers, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f23-backgrounds-extras-gnome

Fedora 22 Wallpapers

Fedora 22 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 22 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f22-backgrounds-gnome

Fedora 22 Supplemental Wallpapers

To install the Fedora 22 supplementary wallpapers, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f22-backgrounds-extras-gnome

 


 

Fedora 21 Wallpapers

Fedora 21 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 21 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f21-backgrounds-gnome

Fedora 21 Supplemental Wallpapers

To install the Fedora 21 supplementary wallpapers, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install f21-backgrounds-extras-gnome

 


 

Fedora 20 Wallpapers

Fedora 20 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 20 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install heisenbug-backgrounds-gnome

Fedora 20 Supplemental Wallpapers

To install the Fedora 20 supplementary wallpapers, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install heisenbug-backgrounds-extras-gnome

 


 

Fedora 19 Wallpapers

Fedora 19 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 19 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install schroedinger-cat-backgrounds-gnome

Fedora 19 Supplemental Wallpapers

To install the Fedora 19 supplementary wallpapers, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install schroedinger-cat-backgrounds-extras-gnome

 


 

Fedora 18 Wallpapers

Fedora 18 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 18 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install spherical-cow-backgrounds-gnome

Fedora 18 Supplemental Wallpapers

To install the Fedora 18 supplementary wallpapers, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install spherical-cow-backgrounds-extras-gnome

 


 

Fedora 17 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 17 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install beefy-miracle-backgrounds-gnome

 


 

Fedora 16 Wallpapers

Fedora 16 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 16 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install verne-backgrounds-gnome

Fedora 16 Supplemental Wallpapers

To install the Fedora 16 supplementary wallpapers, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install verne-backgrounds-extras-gnome

 


 

Fedora 15 Wallpapers

Fedora 15 Default Wallpaper

The default wallpaper for Fedora 15 was a remix of the default GNOME wallpaper at the time. To install the Fedora 15 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install lovelock-backgrounds-stripes-gnome

Fedora 15 Alternate Wallpaper

Fedora 15 also shipped with an alternate wallpaper, that was used by default on non-GNOME spins. To get this wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install lovelock-backgrounds-gnome

 


 

Fedora 14 Wallpapers

Fedora 14 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 14 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install laughlin-backgrounds-gnome

Fedora 14 Supplemental Wallpapers

To install the Fedora 14 supplementary wallpapers, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install laughlin-backgrounds-extras-gnome

 

Fedora 13 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 13 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install goddard-backgrounds-gnome

 


Fedora 12 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 12 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install constantine-backgrounds

 


Fedora 11 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 11 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install leonidas-backgrounds-lion

 


Fedora 10 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 10 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install solar-backgrounds

 


Fedora 9 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 9 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install desktop-backgrounds-waves

 


Fedora 8 Default Wallpaper

To install the Fedora 8 default wallpaper, use the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install fedorainfinity-backgrounds
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18 Comments

  1. Ilya

    I mostly like redhat 9 theme and wallpapers. Bluecurve theme was awesome.

    • Frederik

      Looking back on the older wallpapers, I can only agree. The earlier themes look better IMHO than most of what we have today. Not that the new things are bad. I just like the old bits better.

  2. Keyikedalube Ndang

    Nicely organized content… Just learned “supplemental” wallpapers for Fedora Workstation. I’ll be sure to try them out the next time I want more fancy wallpapers.

  3. davida

    Talk about timing, I was just thinking about looking to get the verne and shroedinger background….

  4. Ensley Feemster

    I would like to use pictures of my grandchildren as wallpaper. How do I do that?

    • Open Files and navigate to the location of the photo you wish to use as a wallpaper. Right-click on it and select Set As Wallpaper from the context menu. Alternatively, if you already have the Background settings pane open, you can drag the photo you want to use onto the Background box. See the GNOME Help section for more.

  5. furicle

    Is there information about how they are licensed? I know I’ve grabbed a few in the past for use on my Window’s desktops….

  6. Qoyyuum

    Good to know! But I’ll stick to Variety Wallpaper Changer though.

  7. Brian

    It’d be nice if the Gnome interface gave you a name or description when you mouse-over the backgrounds in settings. Often, after installing a set of backgrounds, I spend a while trying to figure out which set is the new set.

  8. juanfgs

    These are really beautiful wallpapers, I wonder why they don’t just ship them by default. Or at least publish them somewhere with easy visibility (like the default start page in the browser for example). Otherwise people won’t even know that they exist.

    • Brian

      Or at least create one metapackage for all the Fedora wallpapers, so it’s just one command to execute and updates take care of the rest.

  9. Leslie Satenstein

    Hi Ryan, overtime I collected wallpapers from the Fedora versions you presented, as well as a few others. I like scenary images. To accomodate my large collection of over 250 images, I wrote a script that on a daily basis, sets up a different wallpaper for a one-day view. There is a different scene I get to enjoy every day. My script accomodates wrap around, so that on day 251, wallpaper one is displayed.

  10. james miller

    You could do far worse than installing variety (http://peterlevi.com/variety) which, together with the papirus icons and dots theme I use to have a good desktop feng-shui.
    Variety downloads images from one source or another according to your preferences, or from you pictures or some other folder, and then can use imagemagick to affect them, for that extra level of artistic sensibility…
    It can also display the time, nicely presented on the background and also a quote for the day.

  11. KeyMerVin

    You are missing the christmas’s wallpaper on Fedora Core 6, or 7, I dont remember, but I’m almost sure it was in Fedora 6

    Anyway, this is a GREAT post, THANKS ^^

    May I suggest something? Please, make a Halloween wallpaper for F29 launch, as you did with christmas’s ^^

    Thanks ^^

  12. Muhammad Ammar

    hello everyone! i m very new to fedora i have downloaded wallpaper from above mentioned command and it got successfully installed but my question is where i find them and how can i be able to apply them.. because these wallpapers are not appearing in wallpapers setting..

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