6 Best VLC Plugins To Improve Video Playback On Linux

Many Linux users love to use VLC as their primary video playing program. It’s not hard to see why, as the video player has dozens of features, and can do anything from playing DVDs and Blu-rays, to playing streaming videos, to handling any video format (no matter how obscure) with ease.

Still, for as many features that VLC has, there’s always room for improvement, and that’s why we’ve made this list. Here are the six best VLC plugins to improve video watching on Linux!

Note: many plugins in this tutorial rely on a folder that may not be on your Linux PC. Before continuing, please open up a terminal and run the following commands.

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions/

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/playlist/

1. Resume Media

VLC is an excellent media player that manages to pack in a lot of different useful features. Unfortunately, having a resume feature isn’t one.

That’s where the Resume Media plugin comes in. It allows Linux users to quickly resume playback for any video or audio file, by making use of bookmarking.

Install Resume Media

To install the Resume Media plugin to your VLC Media player, download the Plugin and then open up a terminal. In the terminal, use the unzip command to extract the archive.

cd ~/Downloads

unzip 165231-VLC*Release.zip

Place the plugin in the VLC plugin folder.

mv VLC*.lua ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions/

To use Resume Media, open any video file, right-click to open the menu, highlight “view” and click the “Resume Media” button.

2. YouTube Playlist

Love YouTube but hate the website? Install the YouTube Playlist plugin into VLC! With it, you’ll be able to load up individual YouTube videos or entire playlists directly into your local VLC video player.

Install YouTube Playlist

To get YouTube Playlist, download the plugin. Then use mv to put the plugin in the right place on your PC.

cd ~/Downloads

 mv 149909-playlist_youtube.lua ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/playlist/

3. Twitch Playlist

Out of the box, VLC can play many different types of internet broadcasts. Stream protocols like RTP, RSTP, HTTP, and others are no match for the video player.

However, if you’re a fan of the Twitch streaming platform, you won’t be able to catch your favorite VODs or live streams without the Twitch Playlist plugin.

The Twitch Playlist plugin is an excellent addition to VLC, considering many Linux users use it for various types of live streams, so adding this plugin is only natural. Features include watching live streams, videos on demand, video collections and game clips.

Install Twitch Playlist

Twitch Playlist is a Lua script, so installation is very straightforward. To install, download the Twitch Lua file and move it into place with the mv command.

cd ~/Downloads

mv twitch.lua ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/playlist/

4. Click To Play/Pause

VLC has a pretty intuitive user interface, but let’s face it; it feels much more natural to click the video to pause it.

That’s what the Click to play/pause plugin for VLC does. It allows users to stop or start a video just by clicking the content.

Install Click to play/pause

First, install the “Git” package, and all of the plugin’s dependencies to your Linux PC.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install git build-essential pkg-config libvlccore-dev libvlc-dev

Debian

sudo apt-get install git build-essential pkg-config libvlccore-dev libvlc-dev

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

Fedora

sudo dnf install git
su -

dnf groupinstall "Development Tools" "Development Libraries"

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install git

sudo zypper in -t devel

With the dependencies taken care of, build the plugin and install it.

git clone https://github.com/nurupo/vlc-pause-click-plugin.git

cd vlc-pause-click-plugin
make
sudo make install

To enable the plugin, launch advance preferences in VLC, click on “Video” and check the box next to “Pause/Play video on mouse click”.

5. Subtitle Finder

VLC can display subtitles for videos and movies, but it doesn’t do a good job of finding them. That’s why the Subtitle finder extension is so useful.

The VLC plugin works by interacting with OpenSubtitles.org. It searches through its vast database to help you get the subtitling you need for the videos you want.
Subtitle finder works great on macOS and Windows, but it also has excellent support for Linux, which is excellent as the Linux platform doesn’t have many subtitle downloading tools.

Install Subtitle finder

Like many of the plugins on this list, Subtitle finder is a Lua script file.

To start the installation for Subtitle finder, you’ll need to head over to the official plugin page on VideoLAN.org.

Click the “Files” tab and download 141787-subtitles-mod.lua.

Once Subtitle finder is done downloading to your Linux PC, open up a terminal window and use the CD command to move into your ~/Downloads folder.

cd ~/Downloads

Using the mv command, move the 141787-subtitles-mod.lua file into place in the correct folder.

mv 141787-subtitles-mod.lua ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions/

6. Get Movie Info

VLC can play just about any video file, DVD, etc. However, it has no real ability to provide relevant information about them. Not knowing what movie you’re watching in the VLC app can be quite annoying.

The best way to fix this problem for Linux users on VLC is to install the Get Movie Info extension. It’s a simple tool that can quickly find information on what you’re watching in VLC.

Install Get Movie Info

Loading up Get Movie Info on VLC is a little more involved than most. Before installing the extension, you’ll need to grab an OMDb API key.

To get the API key, go to the OMDb website and fill out the form. Be sure to click the “FREE” option.

Download the extension, and install it to VLC with the following commands.

cd ~/Downloads

mv GetMovieInfo.lua ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions/

Next, load any video file and right-click on it. Select the “view” option, and click “Get Movie Info.”

At this point, you’ll be prompted to put in your OMDb API key. Do so. When the API key loads up, VLC will be able to use Get Movie Info.

Conclusion

VLC gives Linux users an excellent video watching experience that other video players can’t deliver. When coupled with the plugins on this list, the VLC media player becomes unstoppable!

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How To Improve The Linux Clipboard With CopyQ

Tired of your boring Linux clipboard? Check out CopyQ! It’s a powerful clipboard manager that lets users save data for later, edit entries, and even encrypt them!

Install Dependencies

Sadly, the developer of the CopyQ clipboard application doesn’t have any pre-compiled binary files for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora or other major Linux distributions out there. Instead, if you want to use the program, building from source is the only way. To make CopyQ from source, you need the build tools.

CopyQ has quite a lot of build tools and dependencies, and each distribution has different needs. To get them working, open up a terminal and enter the following commands.

Note: Arch users, the developer, doesn’t outline specific dependencies for building this software. Grab the AUR package instead.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install \
  git cmake \
  qtbase5-private-dev \
  qtscript5-dev \
  qttools5-dev \
  qttools5-dev-tools \
  libqt5svg5-dev \
  libqt5x11extras5-dev \
  libxfixes-dev \
  libxtst-dev \
  libqt5svg5

Debian

sudo apt-get install \
  git cmake \
  qtbase5-private-dev \
  qtscript5-dev \
  qttools5-dev \
  qttools5-dev-tools \
  libqt5svg5-dev \
  libqt5x11extras5-dev \
  libxfixes-dev \
  libxtst-dev \
  libqt5svg5

Fedora

sudo dnf install \
  gcc-c++ git cmake \
  libXtst-devel libXfixes-devel \
  qt5-qtbase-devel \
  qt5-qtsvg-devel \
  qt5-qttools-devel \
  qt5-qtscript-devel \
  qt5-qtx11extras-devel

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install \
  gcc-c++ git cmake \
  libXtst-devel libXfixes-devel \
  libqt5-qtbase-common-devel \
  qt5-qtsvg-devel \
  qt5-qttools-devel \
  qt5-qtscript-devel \
  qt5-qtx11extras-devel

Generic Linux

Building CopyQ on a Linux distribution that isn’t Redhat, Debian, or Ubuntu based is possible, though you’ll have to search for the dependencies on your own.

To find the dependencies you’ll need, refer to the official documentation and install the correct packages required for the build.

Build CopyQ

You’ve got all the critical CopyQ dependencies on your Linux PC. The next step in the installation process is grabbing the source code. In the terminal use the git clone command.

Note: don’t feel like using Git? A Tar archive of the CopyQ source code is downloadable on SourceForge.

git clone https://github.com/hluk/CopyQ.git

Using the CD command, move the terminal from your home directory into the CopyQ source code folder.

cd CopyQ

Run cmake and set up the build configuration files.

cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr/local .

Compile CopyQ with the make command. Keep in mind that compiling source code takes a long time. Be patient and let the compiler build in the background.

make

Using the make install command, finish the build process.

sudo make install

Set Up CopyQ Startup Entry

Once CopyQ is built and installed, the application is accessible via your Linux desktop’s launcher. Before using it, it’s a good idea to set up an automatic startup entry. Setting up a startup entry for CopyQ is vital since the concept of the program is to monitor your clipboard for data to save consistently.

There are many different ways to set up a startup entry for CopyQ. Each Linux desktop environment does it a little different, so we’ll be focusing on the terminal instead. Start off by using the CD command to move into the applications folder on your PC.

cd /usr/local/share/applications

Create a new autostart folder (if you don’t already have one) using mkdir.

mkdir -p ~/.config/autostart

Copy the CopyQ desktop shortcut to the autostart folder.

cp com.github.hluk.copyq.desktop ~/.config/autostart

Update the permissions for the file.

cd ~/.config/autostart

sudo chmod +x cp com.github.hluk.copyq.desktop

Using CopyQ

The CopyQ clipboard manager has a lot of features, but at its core, it’s a clipboard manager. To use it, highlight some text, right-click on it and select “copy”. Clicking the “copy” action will automatically save it as an entry to the CopyQ manager. To access any collected data, click on the CopyQ icon in your system tray.

Move To Clipboard

At any time, if you’d like to move an old entry in CopyQ to your clipboard, look through the clipboard data and click the “move to clipboard” icon.

Encrypt Entry

If you’ve got some sensitive information saved in CopyQ, don’t delete it! Instead, use the encryption feature. To encrypt, find a clipboard entry and click the lock icon. Doing so will invoke GnuPG and automatically encrypt your data.

Note: the encryption feature will not work without GnuPG. If your Linux PC doesn’t have it, install it here.

Edit Entry

CopyQ lets users edit existing clipboard entries with ease. To do it, highlight a clipboard entry with the mouse and click the edit button (or press F2).

Create Entry

A handy feature that CopyQ has is its ability to create new clipboard entries without actually using your clipboard on Linux. This feature is “new item”. To use it, click the “new item” button. From there, write in your text and click the save icon.

Clicking save will automatically add the new clipboard entry to the list of data that CopyQ has saved.

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How To Install Krita On Linux

New to Linux and in need of a good painting tool? Check out Krita! It’s completely free, open source and has dozens of features to satisfy artists of all types.

Krita is part of the KDE project and has support for pretty much every Linux distribution out there. To install Krita, open up a terminal and follow the instructions that correspond to your Linux distribution.

Ubuntu

Krita is in the official software repositories on Ubuntu, and users can quickly install it with the following command in a terminal.

sudo apt install krita

The version of Krita in the Ubuntu software sources is relatively recent, but it’s not the absolute latest. If you’re looking for a more recent version, you’ll need to update it with the official Krita PPA. To do this, use the following command.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa

After adding the new Krita software PPA, run the update command.

sudo apt update

Running the update command will see the new Krita PPA and detect that a newer version of the software is available. To switch over to the latest version of the software on Ubuntu, run the upgrade command.

sudo apt upgrade -y

Debian

Debian has the Krita graphic design tool ready for installation on nearly every version. To install it, open up a terminal and use the Apt-get package management tool to get it working.

sudo apt-get install krita

Installing the Krita tool on Debian will get you out of a pinch. However, due to the nature of how Debian works, you’ll likely be using an older version of the software. To get around this, consider following this tutorial to enable Debian Backports. Using Backports will let you get a newer version of Krita on your Debian setup.

Don’t want to go through the trouble of enabling Debian Backports? Consider continuing through the tutorial and following either the Flatpak or AppImage instructions to get a more recent version of Krita.

Arch Linux

Arch Linux users can easily install Krita, though before doing so you’ll need to enable the “Extra” software repository. To enable it, launch a terminal and open up your Pacman configuration file in the Nano text editor.

sudo nano /etc/pacman.conf

In the Pacman editor, scroll through the file until you see “[Extra],” and remove all “#” symbols in front of it.

After enabling the Extra software repository, re-sync Pacman, and install any updates.

sudo pacman -Syyu

With Extra set up, install Krita to your Arch Linux PC.

sudo pacman -S krita

Fedora

Using a reasonably new version of Krita on Fedora Linux requires no extra setup. To install it, open up a terminal and use the DNF package tool.

sudo dnf install krita -y

OpenSUSE

Like Fedora, OpenSUSE users looking to install the Krita painting/sketch program don’t need to follow any steps to enable third-party software repos. Open up a terminal and use the Zypper packaging tool to get the app working.

sudo zypper install krita

Flatpak

The Krita application is available on Flathub, which means that users who don’t have access to the program through traditional means still can install it.

Getting Krita working with Flatpak is quite straightforward. First, learn how to set up Flatpak on your Linux PC. When that’s taken care of, open up a terminal and use the command-line to install Krita.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub org.kde.krita

Generic Linux Instructions Via AppImage

Many Linux distributions offer support for Flatpak and Snap packages to make up for lack of software in their official software sources. However, not all distros have support for these packaging formats.

If your Linux distribution doesn’t have support for Flatpak, you’ll have to go the AppImage route instead.

To install Krita via AppImage, open up a terminal window and use the wget tool to download it.

mkdir -p ~/AppImages

cd ~/AppImages
wget https://download.kde.org/stable/krita/4.1.1/krita-4.1.1-x86_64.appimage

Now that the Krita AppImage is done downloading, it’s time to update its system permissions. Changing the permissions will allow the AppImage to run as a program on your Linux PC.

sudo chmod +x krita-4.1.1-x86_64.appimage

Run Krita from the terminal with:

./krita-4.1.1-x86_64.appimage

Updating Krita AppImage

The Krita AppImage doesn’t update automatically. Instead, if you want to upgrade to a newer version of Krita, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open up a terminal and delete the Krita app image on your Linux PC.

cd ~/AppImages

rm krita-4.1.1-x86_64.appimage

Step 2: Go to the official website, click on “AppImage” and download the new release.

Step 3: Move the terminal into the ~/Downloads folder with CD.

cd ~/Downloads

Step 4: Change the new file’s permissions, move it into the ~/AppImages folder and launch it.

sudo chmod +x krita-*-x86_64.appimage

mv krita-*-x86_64.appimage ~/AppImages

./krita-*-x86_64.appimage

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The 6 Best Linux Operating Systems For Privacy

Out of all modern operating system platforms, Linux is often seen as the best when it comes to privacy. While no operating system is indeed 100% private, the idea that Linux is a better choice for those looking to take control of their privacy is very accurate. Many (if not all) Linux OS vendors make it a point to respect user’s privacy, as well as security. Using any generic Linux OS as opposed to something like Windows is a good start, and will certainly protect your privacy. However, if privacy is your main concern when using your computer, it’s best to use a Linux distribution that specializes in respecting user’s privacy. Not sure where to start with privacy Linux distributions? We’ve got you covered! Here are the six best Linux operating systems for privacy!

1. Tails

The Tails Linux distribution is a Debian live system that users can load up and run from any USB or CD/ DVD. It comes with a secure browser,  secure email client and other internet tools.

The OS works very hard to ensure that all internet traffic leaving the system is completely anonymous. It makes heavy use of tools like Tor to ensure it’s users privacy.

Notable Features:

  • Tails has tight integration with the Tor anonymous network.
  • Users get access to Onion Circuits. A useful tool which lets users view how their PC traverses through the Tor network.
  • Included web browser is pre-setup for security and includes add-ons like NoScript, Ublock Origin, and HTTPS Everywhere.
  • Tails comes with the Aircrack-NG wireless network auditing tool.
  • The OS has a built-in Bitcoin wallet for those looking to make secure transactions using crypto.
  • Is encrypted and designed to run as a fully functional OS on a USB drive, without any compromises.

2. Qubes OS

Qubes OS is a Linux distribution that focuses on privacy and security by compartmentalizing each program into a “Qube” or container that can’t interact with the rest of the system.

These “qubes” are very secure and can offer peace of mind to privacy advocates in an increasingly invasive online world.

Notable Features:

  • It’s use of containers aka “Qubes” is excellent for security, and allows users to never worry about compromised programs.
  • Every isolated Qube program has its own color-coded windows to help users remember what window is what.
  • Qubes has full-disk encryption to ensure your files are safe.
  • Qubes OS has a kernel that is lean and focuses on security.

3. Whonix

Whonix is a privacy system that consists of two virtual machines that interact with each other. It works by setting up a host machine and a guest machine. The host sets up a Tor gateway proxy, and the guest connects to it.

Thanks to the Whonix Host/Guest system, all internet traffic is hidden behind the host proxy. Going this route allows the user to be completely anonymous.

Notable Features:

  • Whonix comes with the Tor browser, so traversing through the internet is always private.
  • The OS uses an innovative Host/Guest system which keeps users safe behind the anonymous proxy.
  • Ready-to-go PGP Email set up in Mozilla Thunderbird.
  • Whonix comes with the Tox privacy instant messenger application.
  • Whonix makes it a point to prevent IP and DNS leaking. Also encrypts DNS traffic.

4. Discreete Linux

Discreete Linux’s primary focus is to protect its users against malicious spying and surveillance.

While its primary focus is to protect users from trojan software that will steal your data, it also comes with the standard security features you’d come to expect, like encryption, advanced network security and more.

Notable Features:

  • Discreete Linux dissuades the user explicitly from using any internal hard drives, as it could be a potential security risk.
  • Due to attacks on systems, all external media devices mount non-executable, meaning no programs will run on the system. This feature allows users to get away from self-executing viruses, worms, and spying programs.
  • To protect from the BadUSB exploit, Discreete Linux will only load USB devices that the user manually loads up.
  • Despite its heavy set of security features, Discreete Linux targets regular people and is easy to use and understand.

5. SubGraph OS

Subgraph OS is a Linux distribution that tries very hard to bridge the gap between protecting your privacy and ease of use. The mission of the project is to help users realize that protecting yourself doesn’t need to be difficult.

Subgraph, like many other privacy-centric Linux distributions, has built-in Tor integrations, a hardened Linux kernel, and more.

Notable Features:

  • Includes a hardened kernel, with the Grsecurity/PaX bundle of patches to prevent dozens of system exploits and security problems.
  • Applications run in an isolated sandbox to protect the user from program exploits.
  • Subgraph OS has a stellar application firewall that immediately alerts the user when a program attempts to make a connection outside of the network.
  • Like many other privacy-centric distributions, Subgraph OS has tight integration with the Tor network, and by default instructs all applications to only communicate over the Tor protocol.

6. Parrot Security OS

Looking for a Linux distribution that not only respects your privacy but lets you test security as well? Check out Parrot Security OS! It’s a penetration testing tool with some top-notch privacy and security features as well!

Notable Features:

  • Though Parrot Security OS is a “laboratory” for security and digital forensics experts, it also comes with a lot of the standard privacy features that a lot of distributions on this list offer.
  • Comes with a full suite of security penetration testing tools that users can use to test the limits of their own privacy and security.
  • Applications that run on Parrot are “fully sandboxed,” and protected.

Conclusion

If you’re seriously concerned about privacy, the best action you can take is to back up your data and switch to one of the Linux distributions on this list. They’re all excellent operating systems with tons of great features and will help in preventing your personal information from being stolen online.

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How To Comfortably Use A Linux PC At Night With Desktop Dimmer

Using your computer during the night is very bad for your eyes, and can often interrupt your sleeping schedule. On Linux, many people have been trying to solve this issue with tools like “Nightlight”, “Redshift“, and others. These programs are useful, but tinting your PC to a warmer color during the night isn’t the only solution.

An alternative solution for protecting your eyes is “dimming.” When it comes to dimming the screen, nothing does it better than Desktop Dimmer. It’s an application that when installed, lets users get a darker dim, something that isn’t possible with your desktop environment alone. This makes for a more comfortable experience when you use your Linux PC at night.

Install Desktop Dimmer

Desktop Dimmer has many different downloadable packages available for all of the mainstream Linux distributions. Open up a terminal, install the “wget” download program and follow the instructions to learn how to install the application for your operating system.

Ubuntu And Debian

The Desktop Dimmer application is installable on Ubuntu, Debian, and their derivatives by way of a downloadable Debian package. To install this package, you’ll first need to open up a terminal window and use the wget downloader tool to grab the package.

wget https://github.com/sidneys/desktop-dimmer/releases/download/v4.0.4/desktop-dimmer-4.0.4-amd64.deb

Desktop Dimmer also has a 32-bit version, which is available for download on your Ubuntu or Debian PC with the following command.

wget https://github.com/sidneys/desktop-dimmer/releases/download/v4.0.4/desktop-dimmer-4.0.4-i386.deb

Now that the package is on your PC use the dpkg tool to load Desktop Dimmer into the system.

sudo dpkg -i desktop-dimmer-4.0.4-*.deb

During the package installation process, errors may occur.  These errors are dependency resolution failures. Without getting into it, your Linux PC wasn’t able to install the package fully, as it can’t find the programs that Desktop Dimmer needs to run. Thankfully, this problem is quickly taken care of by running the following operation in a terminal.

sudo apt install -f

Or, on some Debian installations:

sudo apt-get install -f

With the dependencies taken care of, Desktop Dimmer should be working on your Ubuntu or Debian PC!

Arch Linux

Desktop Dimmer is available to Arch Linux users, as the developer officially supports it. Better yet, you won’t need to compile and build an AUR package (unless you prefer to). Instead, users can download and load up a convenient Arch package.

The Desktop Dimmer Arch Linux package is easy to download, thanks to wget. Grab it with the following command.

wget https://github.com/sidneys/desktop-dimmer/releases/download/v4.0.4/desktop-dimmer-4.0.4.pacman

Need Desktop Dimmer on the 32-bit version of Arch? Try this one:

wget https://github.com/sidneys/desktop-dimmer/releases/download/v4.0.4/desktop-dimmer-4.0.4-i686.pacman

To load up the Desktop  Dimmer package into Arch, use the Pacman upgrade command.

sudo pacman -U desktop-dimmer-4.0.4.pacman

Load up the 32-bit package with this command, as the 64-bit one won’t work.

sudo pacman -U desktop-dimmer-4.0.4-i686.pacman

Fedora And OpenSUSE

Fedora and OpenSUSE can run Desktop Dimmer thanks to the RPM on the project’s GitHub release page. Much like a lot of the other operating systems on this list, you’ll need to use the wget downloading tool before installing anything.

wget https://github.com/sidneys/desktop-dimmer/releases/download/v4.0.4/desktop-dimmer-4.0.4.x86-64.rpm

A 32-bit RPM is available if you prefer to use it over the 64-bit version.

wget https://github.com/sidneys/desktop-dimmer/releases/download/v4.0.4/desktop-dimmer-4.0.4.i686.rpm

At this point, it’s safe to start the installation. Follow the instructions to get Desktop Dimmer working on your Fedora or OpenSUSE system below.

Fedora

sudo dnf install -y desktop-dimmer-4.0.4.*.rpm

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install desktop-dimmer-4.0.4.*.rpm

Generic Linuxes via AppImage

Desktop Dimmer has a version of its software that works on all other Linux distributions. There’s no need to install anything, as the AppImage technology lets it work just like an EXE file on Windows. To set up the Desktop Dimmer AppImage, download the file with wget. Then use the chmod command to update its permissions.

wget https://github.com/sidneys/desktop-dimmer/releases/download/v4.0.4/desktop-dimmer-4.0.4-x86-64.AppImage

Like all other formats of the software, the Desktop Dimmer application is also available in 32-bit. Grab it with wget, if you need it instead of the 64-bit one.

wget https://github.com/sidneys/desktop-dimmer/releases/download/v4.0.4/desktop-dimmer-4.0.4-i386.AppImage

chmod +x desktop-dimmer-4.0.4-*.AppImage

Now that the Desktop Dimmer AppImage has the correct permissions use the mkdir command to make a new folder to store it in. Storing Desktop Dimmer here will ensure that you don’t accidentally delete it from your /home/username/ folder.

mkdir -p ~/AppImages

mv desktop-dimmer-4.0.4-*.AppImage ~/AppImages

cd ~/AppImages

Execute the program for the firsttime with the command below.

./desktop-dimmer-4.0.4-*.AppImage

After you run it, Dimmer will create a new application shortcut in your app menu on the desktop. Look for it in the “Utilities” section.

Set Up Desktop Dimmer

Desktop Dimmer is a straightforward application with not a lot of setup involved. To start using it, browse for the app in the program menu on your Linux PC. Once you’ve found it, look to the system tray and right-click on it to reveal the options menu. In the menu, click the “show Desktop Dimmer” button.

When you click the “show Desktop Dimmer” button, a popup with a slider will appear. Drag the slider back or forwards to instantly adjust the brightness and dim the screen to your liking. Then click the gear icon to open the Preferences area. In preferences, choose the option to allow the program to run at startup.

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