Linux: How to span a single wallpaper over dual monitor setup

So you’re running linux and want to have a single wallpaper span your dual monitor setup? It’s easy, with the right tool.

When you’re running stock linux without any addons, you will most likely run into problems when trying to have a wide wallpaper (panorama wallpaper) spread over your dual monitor setup.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution to this.

Follow these simple steps to have your wallpaper span across your multiple monitor setup.

1. Download nitrogen
Open your terminal and execute the following command:
sudo apt install nitrogen

After successfully installing nitrogen, start it up using your console.

2. Run nitrogen from the console

nitrogen ~/Pictures/

Replace the path behind the nitrogen part with the directory path where your wallpapers are located.

3. Select your wallpaper

Nitrogen will open a new GUI window and displays all pictures contained in the given directory.

Nitrogen displaying all available pictures contained in the opened directory.
Nitrogen displaying all available pictures contained in the opened directory.

Now just double click an image to preview it as your desktop image. When you’re happy with the result, click “Apply” in the bottom right corner of the nitrogen window.

So basically it boils down to these simple steps:

  1. Install nitrogen from your console using sudo apt install nitrogen
  2. Open nitrogen from your console with nitrogen /path/to/wallpapers
  3. Select your wallpaper and click Apply

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