Customization of our desktop

It is now up to us to customize the desktop.

I will be using the following assets

  1. Sardi icons from sourceforge
  2. Sardi extra icons from github
  3. Surfn icons from github
  4. Plank themes from github
  5. Aureola conky from github

and all the scripts to install any of the above and all the applications we need to work and play from this github.

Download the scripts

We will go to the github of AntergosOpenbox and download the installation scripts. Scripts or files are just a collection of terminal commands, you would type to install software, pasted in one file.

Tip : you can fork my github and change the scripts to your liking

More info about forking.

Follow and install the scripts. You will receive an explanation about the why and the content of the scripts.


Personal Settings for Antergos Openbox

When we start Antergos Openbox we see a conky. We will change this conky into the Aureola conky later and will change the menu as well.

Let us go over all the extra software that has been installed in previous tutorial.

PcManFm is the file manager that is installed with the Antergos but you can choose later to work with thunar or nemo.

We will install all the scripts inside the personal folder and explain why we use these. Some of these scripts can be useful for you. I leave it up to you to examine if you like to install them.

Take care because some are necessary for the correct functioning of openbox.

Follow the explanations about the scripts.

  • creation of folder in order to copy/paste preferences to it
  • same bookmarks on any distro
  • keyboard shortcuts are going to be the same on any distro
  • gnome-screenshot save as jpg rather than png
  • gimp scripts and themes
  • sublime-text preferences
  • variety preferences
  • arc colora themes
  • compton.conf
  • icons for oblogout – sardi-oblogout
  • and OPENBOX configuration files and obmenu-generator files


Reboot after installation and check out what your openbox looks like.



 Variety, Aureola conky, Parcellite and Nemo

Let us continue our personal customization. Next up are Variety, Aureola conky, Parcellite and Nemo.


Variety can provide and change your personal wallpapers. It will give you wallpapers from I advise you to make an account there and use your free dropbox account to sync all the wallpapers. Configuration file has been copied in previous article. More info about variety can be found here.

Aureola conky

When we start Antergos Openbox we see a conky. However we will be using the aureola conky.
We show you how to install any conky of Aureola and we will change the colour and the logo as well to get a customized desktop following the colours of the desktop.

Parcellite is a clipboard manager

Parcellite is installed standard and you can find it at the top in your tint panel. It can be useful but the icon was not nice. Then I saw that you can the change the icon in the Preferences/Display/Parcellite Icon Name. I changed mine to clipittrayicon to get an all white icon for the toolbar. Top right – second icon.

Nemo and the openbox menu

Important to read!

Super + Space  activates the openbox menu.
Right-mouse click on the desktop activates the openbox menu.

ONCE you have clicked Nemo, the file manager, Nemo will take over your dekstop. Now you can use your desktop to create folders and files and work on it.
The disadvantage is that you can no longer use the right mouse click on the desktop to open the openbox menu. That is way I have made two work-arounds.

  1. In the menu you have a Kill Nemo menu
  2. CTR + ALT +N kills nemo

Generate our personal menu

The tutorial starts with repeating how to get to the openbox menu and how to kill Nemo. If you saw previous tutorial already, you will know this. Skip ahead to 2:47.

I have chosen to work with obmenu-generator. It will create my menu’s automatically on the basis of two files.

Obmenu-generator will make the menu on the basis of these two files:


Parameters I changed in are :

  • editor = subl3
  • terminal = gnome-terminal

Parameters I changed in are :

  • nemo = filemanager
  • gnome-terminal

Help is on the way with these commands.

obmenu-generator -h
obmenu-generator -p -i
obmenu-generator -s -c

You can make a static menu with or without icons. They will not change if you delete or add applications.
You can make a dynamic menu with or without icons. They will change if you delete or add applications. They are also called piped menu’s.

We have copy/paste my personal preferences to ~/.config/obmenu-generator.

Obmenu-generator will replace your personal menu.xml in ~/.config/openbox and make a backup. But just make a backup yourself to be sure.


If something is not clear, you can listen to an older tutorial here about the same topic.