How to run multiple conky’s

Conky is a system monitor software for the X Window System. Conky is able to monitor many system variables including CPU, memory, swap, disk space, temperature, top, upload, download, system messages, and much more. It is extremely configurable, however, the configuration can be a little hard to understand.

This post will explain how to run multiple instances of conky, first off we need to create a folder to hold the multiple .conkyrc files, after that change into the directory and make 2 new files with the name .conkyrc_XXX, where XXX is the name you would like to give for that specific conky, for example i made 2 with the names :

.conkyrc_sys

.conkyrc_cpu

Within these files you configure conky, here are 2 pastebins of my conkyrc’s :

.conkyrc_sys

.conkyrc_cpu

You will have to change some of the info contained inside to suit your needs (ethernet/wifi/etc). Save these files and change back to your home directory, create a new file called start_conky.sh with the following info inside :

start_conky.sh

Make the file executable and then add that script to your startup applications, this can be done many ways depending which OS/WM/DE you use so i wont explain how to do it here.

After that just logout/login and conky should autostart both instances ! Here are some screenshots of my full dual monitor configuration :

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Here are some useful links to do with conky configuration :

Conky Config Settings

Conky Variables

Conky Lua API

Conky FAQ

Arch Wiki Conky Page

Ubuntu Wiki Conky Page

I hope this helps !

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