I believe automation is an integral part of technology, and scripts are a great way to automate your tasks.
I like my wallpaper to be dynamic, unexpected, natural and beautiful at the same time. All this come together in National Geographic Channel’s photo of the day. I knew it will be the perfect wallpaper. But to download and apply the wallpaper daily is just unethical for a coder. So I decided to write a script to do exactly that.
The first thing to do was to find out where to get the NGC’s photo of the day.
A simple Google search revealed that it resides at the address http://photography.nationalgeographic.co.in/photography/photo-of-the-day/
Steps * Download the webpage at the above address. * Extract the url for the image. * Download the image. * Set the wallpaper
Downloading the page
Ok, so I have the url of the page. Using this, I can get the whole page using wget and save it in a file in the /tmp folder.
wget --quiet http://photography.nationalgeographic.co.in/photography/photo-of-the-day/ -O /tmp/ngc.html
Extracting the url
After having a look at the source code, I could see a pattern and write a grep command
url=`grep -o -m 1 images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/.*x.*jpg /tmp/ngc.html`
Now the url to the image is saved in the bash variable “url”.
Downloading the photo
wget comes handy again.
wget --quiet http://$url -O /tmp/pic.jpg
Setting the wallpaper
Finally, set the downloaded wallpaper (in Ubuntu)
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri file:///tmp/pic.jpg
That’s it! I encourage you to view, download and contribute to the script on Github.
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