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What pybingwallpaper does

Download the wallpaper offered by and set it current wallpaper background.

Another project for the same purpose but download from National Geographic can be found here

Auto startup


Download installer from releases page and install it.

**Note: Please backup the `settings.conf` under the installation path before upgrading!**


A shortcut will be created in your startup folder. You can edit the configuration to adjust features.

Linux with Gnome

You just need to add a startup application:


then add a startup program with:

Name: pybingwallpaper
Command: python3 /path/to/pybingwallpaper/src/ -b
Comment: download and update wallpaper!

You can also append arguments in Command box.


usage: pybingwallpaper [-h] [-v] [--config-file CONFIG_FILE]
                       [--generate-config] [-b] [--foreground]
                       [-c {au,br,ca,cn,de,fr,jp,nz,us,uk,auto}]
                       [--market MARKET] [-d] [-i INTERVAL] [-k]
                       [-m {prefer,collect,highest,insist,manual,never}]
                       [--collect COLLECT] [--image-size IMAGE_SIZE]
                       [-o OFFSET] [--proxy-server PROXY_SERVER]
                       [--proxy-port PROXY_PORT]
                       [--proxy-username PROXY_USERNAME]
                       [--proxy-password PROXY_PASSWORD] [--redownload]
                       [-s {no,win,gnome2,gnome3}] [--setter-args SETTER_ARGS]
                       [-t OUTPUT_FOLDER] [--database-file DATABASE_FILE]
                       [--database-no-image] [--server {global,china,custom}]
                       [--custom-server CUSTOMSERVER]

Download the wallpaper offered by and set it current wallpaper

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -v, --version         show version information
  --config-file CONFIG_FILE
                        'specify configuration file, use `settings.conf` in
                        installation directory by default.
  --generate-config     generate a configuration file containing arguments
                        specified in command line and exit. to generate
                        default config file, issue without other command
                        arguments. path and name of configuration file can be
                        specified with --config-file
  -b, --background      work in background (daemon mode) and check wallpaper
                        periodically (interval can be set by --interval).
  --foreground          force working in foreground mode to cancel the effect
                        of `background` in config file.
  -c {au,br,ca,cn,de,fr,jp,nz,us,uk,auto}, --country {au,br,ca,cn,de,fr,jp,nz,us
                        select country code sent to in
                        different countries may show different backgrounds.
                        au: Australia br: Brazil ca: Canada cn: China
                        de:Germany fr: France jp: Japan nz: New Zealand us:
                        USA uk: United Kingdom auto: select country according
                        to your IP address (by Note: only China(cn),
                        New Zealand(nz) and USA(us) have high resolution
                        (1920x1200) wallpapers; the rest offer 1366x768 only.
  --market MARKET       specify market from which the wallpaper should be
                        downloaded. Market is a more generic way to specify
                        language-country of The list of markets may
                        grow sometimes, and different language of the same
                        country may have different image, so consider using it
                        instead of country. Market code should be specified in
                        format 'xy-ab' such as en-us. Note: specify this
                        parameter will override any settings to --country.
  -d, --debug           enable debug outputs. The more --debug the more
                        detailed the log will be
  -i INTERVAL, --interval INTERVAL
                        interval between each two wallpaper checkings in unit
                        of hours. applicable only in `background` mode. at
                        lease 1 hour; 2 hours by default.
  -k, --keep-file-name  keep the original filename. By default downloaded file
                        will be renamed as 'wallpaper.jpg'. Keep file name
                        will retain all downloaded photos
  -m {prefer,collect,highest,insist,manual,never,uhd}, --size-mode {prefer,collect,highest,insist,manual,never,uhd}
                        set selecting strategy when wallpapers in different
                        size are available (4K, 1920x1200, 1920x1080 and
                        1366x768). `prefer` (default) detect and download the
                        highest available resolution; `insist` always use
                        1920x1200 resolution and ignore other pictures (Note:
                        some countries have only normal size wallpapers, if
                        `insist` is adopted with those sites, no wallpaper can
                        be downloaded, see `--country` for more); `highest` is
                        an alias of `prefer` `never` always use normal
                        resolution (1366x768); `manual` use resolution
                        specified in `--image-size` `collect` is obsolete and
                        only kept for backward compatibility, equals `prefer`
                        mode together with --collect=accompany option. `uhd`
                        insists using 4K resolution, or abort wallpaper
                        downloading if it's not available.
  --collect COLLECT     items to be collected besides main wallpaper, can be
                        assigned more than once in CLI or as comma separated
                        list from config file. currently `accompany`, `video`
                        and `hdvideo` are supported. `accompany` - some
                        markets (i.e. en-ww) offers two wallpapers every day
                        with same image but different Bing logo (English and
                        Chinese respectively). enables this will download both
                        original wallpaper and its accompanyings. `video` -
                        bing sometimes (not everyday) release interesting
                        animated mp4 background, use this to collect them.
                        `hdvideo` - HD version of video.
  --image-size IMAGE_SIZE
                        specify resolution of image to download. check
                        `--size-mode` for more
  -o OFFSET, --offset OFFSET
                        start downloading from the photo of 'N' days ago.
                        specify 0 to download photo of today.
  --proxy-server PROXY_SERVER
                        proxy server url, ex:
  --proxy-port PROXY_PORT
                        port of proxy server, default: 80
  --proxy-username PROXY_USERNAME
                        optional username for proxy server authentication
  --proxy-password PROXY_PASSWORD
                        optional password for proxy server authentication
  --redownload          do not check history records. Download must be done.
                        downloaded picture will still be recorded in history
  -s {no,win,gnome2,gnome3}, --setter {no,win,gnome2,gnome3}
                        specify interface to be called for setting wallpaper.
                        'no' indicates downloading-only; 'gnome2/3' are only
                        for Linux with gnome; 'win' is for Windows only.
                        Customized setter can be added as dev doc described.
                        Default: win for win32, gnome3 for Linux
  --setter-args SETTER_ARGS
                        arguments for external setters
  -t OUTPUT_FOLDER, --output-folder OUTPUT_FOLDER
                        specify the folder to store photos. Use
                        '~/MyBingWallpapers' folder in Linux, 'C:/Documents
                        and Settings/<your-username>/MyBingWallpapers in
                        Windows XP or 'C:/Users/<your-
                        username>/MyBingWallpapers' in Windows 7 by default
  --database-file DATABASE_FILE
                        specify the sqlite3 database used to store meta info
                        of photos. leave it blank to disable database storage.
  --database-no-image   images will be embedded into database by default.
                        Exclude images from database can reduce the size of
                        database file.
  --server {global,china,custom}
                        select bing server used for meta data and wallpaper
                        pictures. it seems uses different servers and
                        domain names in china. global: use of course.
                        china: use (note: use this may freeze
                        market or country to China zh-CN) custom: use the
                        server specified in option "customserver"
  --custom-server CUSTOMSERVER
                        specify server used for meta data and wallpaper photo.
                        you need to set --server to 'custom' to enable the
                        custom server address.

Release Note

  • 2021-03-19 1.6.0

    • Support UHD resolution (#63)
    • highest mode is an alias of prefer now.
  • 2019-04-30 1.5.5

    • Compatible with Bing's new URL format (accompany pictures this time, #55 #56)
  • 2019-03-15 1.5.4

    • Compatible with Bing's new URL format
  • 2016-04-06 1.5.1

    • Minor bug fix for Python 3.5 (#43)
    • Obsolete 1.5.0 due to MS Windows Defender raise (false) alarm on the installer (#44)
  • 2015-12-08 1.5.0

    • Can collect video now! (#34)
    • Decouple collect mode from market setting (#35)
    • Better compatibility with win 8 and higher (#31 and #40)
    • Avoid deleting collected wallpaper at uninstallation (#33)
  • 2014-09-08 1.4.4

    • Support configurable bing server address (#27)
  • 2014-04-18 1.4.4b01

    • Support download records database (#18), you can build you own bing album now.
  • 2013-12-24 1.4.3

    • Fix #13 enhance robustness of network connection status: retry in 60 seconds after network failure
    • Fix #14 download image with Chinese logo whenever a 1920x1200 picture is downloaded: add a collect mode, read use collect mode 使用收集模式 for more
    • Fix #15 use n=1 instead of n=10 for more backtracking room: change default n to 1
    • Fix #16 can't read settings.conf when run out of installation dir: read settings.conf from the same path of by default
  • 2013-12-24 1.4.2

  • 2013-12-21 1.4.1

    • Background mode bugfix
  • 2013-12-21 1.4.0

    • Use configuration file;
    • Support specify market
    • Support manually set picture resolution
    • Support downloading 1920x1080 images for pages without wallpaper link
  • 2013-09-24 1.3.0

    • supports high resolution wallpapers
    • change default checking interval to 2 hours
    • obsolete option -f and --persistence
    • fix none type error when offset exceeds boundary issue #2
    • fix none type error when download picture fails issue #3

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