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 26 Wallpapers

Fedora 26 Default Wallpaper

 

To install the Fedora 25 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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14 Comments

  1. rizalprast

    that’s awesome, thank you.

  2. Joe

    Thank you for your post. I tried the Fedora 25 Extra command and it works perfectly. But then I tried the Fedora 11 default (the lion), the terminal said ‘Complete!’ but I couldn’t find the lion wallpaper in the Wallpaper gallery (right click on desktop -> change background). Any ideas why it doesn’t show up? Thank you!

    [Removed lengthy output which showed packages installed correctly — Ed.]

    • @Joe: I believe the F11 backgrounds are old enough that they don’t provide the XML files that GNOME 3 uses (starting in F15). If you locate the background, you can use this command to set it through the terminal:

      gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri 'file:///path/to/background.jpg'

      I think you’ll still find the picture file somewhere in /usr/share/backgrounds, but if not, try running ‘rpm -ql’ against the background package to grab the filename.

    • Turns out the command that I originally listed just installed the lion wallpaper, without the lion! Sorry!

      I have updated the post with the command that will give you the correct wallpaper, try:

      sudo dnf install leonidas-backgrounds-lion

      and you should see the lion background!

  3. Maimela

    thank you for this topic ( someone heard my cry) they are all beautiful!! this should make my wallpaper more interesting

  4. Costa A.

    Thanks for this article.

  5. Axel Sommerfeldt

    Beware of the additional background packages:

    dnf install astronomy-backgrounds earth-and-moon-backgrounds gears-backgrounds neon-backgrounds xenlism-wildfire-backgrounds

    • preventive

      Thanks I didn’t knew about these except the astronomy ones.

  6. I stay on solar-backgrounds since 19 , this one is really great 🙂

  7. Ivan Augusto

    This was the most beautiful article of Fedora Magazine! Really awesome, thanks! ?

  8. Leo

    Thank you.

  9. William Henry

    I really liked the article. However, i tried the command “dnf install astronomy-backgrounds earth-and-moon-backgrounds gears-backgrounds neon-backgrounds xenlism-wildfire-backgrounds” and all was supposedly installed without any hiccups, but no new backgroud images in my look and feel menu???
    I am running Fedora-25, using the Mate interface which I really like. So now what?!?

  10. Like blue color, and how to set random ?

  11. sudo dnf install *backgrounds*

    that just takes them all (~1.3gb) and then some.

    some neat stuff in there, lol

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