Weather Desklet

UUID: bbcwx@oak-wood.co.uk
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Display the weather from several web services on your desktop

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The Weather Desklet displays current and forecast weather on your Cinnamon desktop. It has plenty of options for configuring how it looks and comes with a selection of great weather icons, or you can use your own. For those who like to keep an eye on the weather in several locations it supports multiple instances.

At present the Weather Desklet can work with data from the BBC, Open Weather Map, Weather Underground, World Weather Online, forecast.io, meteoblue.com and weather.com (The Weather Channel).

The Weather Desklet includes translations into a growing number of languages.

For detailed usage instruction visit the Weather Desklet's website, or just install the desklet, right click on it and select 'Help'.

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Val7420
Val7420-1 week ago
Good evening, please help me find the code to configure the weather desklets in Brasil, São Paulo, Piracicaba city . Thank you very much !!!!!
jpenguin
jpenguin-1 month ago
OpenWeatherMap & BBC are the only working (for me) free options. APIXU was my favorite, but they changed URLs and now thin desklet gives me a 403 (https://weatherstack.com/documentation)
SleepyD7
SleepyD7-3 months ago
I love this extension. I wish it worked properly. The information pulls in. For some reason a big red ? mark is shown. I've tried it in Ubuntu 20.04. I added CInnamon 4.4.8 I think is the version. I am currently running LMDE 4 and the desklet is doing the same thing. Please update this great Desklet. GIS Weather is no longer around so I don't really have an alternative. Thanks
kseanfitz
kseanfitz-3 months ago
Wunderground aka Weather Underground now requires you to purchase a weather station and corporate it for them to get an api key
kseanfitz
kseanfitz-3 months ago
forecast.io (Dark Sky) Has sucked up with apple and now they are too snobby... "Dark Sky API" "We are no longer accepting new signups." And just to think that I really liked apple when Jobs was around and it was opensource.
mfreeman72
mfreeman72-3 months ago
(Nevermind that last comment. Sorry, I replied to the wrong desklet)
mfreeman72
mfreeman72-3 months ago
I keep getting "Sign in with Google temporarily disabled for this app. This app has not been verified yet by Google in order to use Google Sign In" when I try to sign into my Google account for OAuth.
mfreeman72
mfreeman72-3 months ago
Doesn't seem to work on Mint 19.3. I'm specifically hoping to be able to use this with Weather Underground to monitor my PWS. But after putting in my API key and location info (I've tried every method listed in the instructions on the desklet's website), I'm getting an Error 503. Openweathermap works, but that service doesn't allow access to my PWS. It's also showing an error marking in the desklet manager: "Something went wrong while loading bbcwx@oak-wood.co.uk. Please make sure you are using the latest version, and then report the issue to its developer."
Ivan Toman
Ivan Toman-2 months ago
Hello, same here, Error 503. I do have PWS and API key. Did you found solution? Thx
AndrShat
AndrShat-4 months ago
I am on mint 19.3/Cinnamon and after every booting I have to repair the desklet. It print Error 2. I go to preferences (properties) delete one number in location unique code then type the same number again. Desklet works properly after that till next turn-on.
ムレメკΙ
ムレメკΙ-5 months ago
im on mint 19.3/cinnamon and it is perfectly working tho...im using it with openweathermap service and indeed it needs openweathermap's API and city code to work properly, see screenshot in link: https://imgur.com/dJgli0U
Breezeman69
Breezeman69-6 months ago
Any updates as to getting this fixed since leaving my initial post 2 months ago? Checking back it does not appear anything has changed. I concur with KLC1977 and galaxyfin.
KLC1977
KLC1977-6 months ago
I concur with @galaxyinfin. Most of these Applets and Desklets for Linux are in bad need of a serious update. They do not work at all with Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia - Debian/Ubuntu. All Applets and Desklets need to specify what Distro and Series they are able to work on. This is Linux-wide in all Repositories and Sites like this one. Even the Software Manager in Linux needs to be updated with Updated items. I would love to know when the last real update on all downloads were. That would be shockingly great.
galaxyinfin
galaxyinfin-8 months ago
No longer working on Mint 19.3 as of 2 weeks ago.
Breezeman69
Breezeman69-8 months ago
It seems this is no longer working. Not sure what changed but it has always been very reliable. I have been using the deprecated weather.com setting for long time but nothing loads after bootup. Could you possibly look into fixing this. Thanks
kxrob
kxrob-1 year ago
The current weather and symbol seems broken currently with BBC. The/most other data and forecast weather symbols work.
Softhints
Softhints-1 year ago
These are the steps that worked for me for the weather desklet: * Use BBC or Open Weather Map Free * Get API key ( only for Open Weather Map Free ) * Get location ( the same for both) - https://openweathermap.org/find?q= Video explaining the steps: https://youtu.be/-FPY_e0BdJs
Adrian Metalchef
Adrian Metalchef-1 year ago
The only (current) option for getting weather in Canada is to use the (deprecated) weather.com setting. Would you please consider implementing some fix/update that would allow us Canucks to use your desklet without having to use a deprecated setting? FYI, I'm using an older (but stable) version of Cinnamon on Debian, and the desklet works fine notwithstanding the above feedback. otto@debian:~$ cinnamon --version; lsb_release -crid Cinnamon 3.2.7 Distributor ID: Debian Description: Debian GNU/Linux 9.6 (stretch) Release: 9.6 Codename: stretch otto@debian:~$
kiers
kiers-1 year ago
Is this Desklet from BBC, GNU open source software? anyone?
EdPhere
EdPhere-1 year ago
Attempting to install this desklet on a Porteus v4.0 Cinnamon DE system results in: An error occurred during the installation of bbcwx@oak-wood.co.uk. Please report this to it's developer. Detail: [Err 02] No such file or directory: 'msgfmt': 'msgfmt'
EdPhere
EdPhere-1 year ago
Oops. I needed the Porteus 05-devel module to be activated.
83c577nbybd8zb
83c577nbybd8zb-1 year ago
Works great. I put this on every machine, Mint and Manjaro.
abandonmonkey
abandonmonkey-2 years ago
It used to work and does work if I use LinuxMint. I use Fedora 28 and Cinnamon 3.8.8 and now it cause the desktop to crash and enter fallback mode. Fedora 28 x86_64 Kernel 4.18.9-200.fc28.x86_64 Desktop: Cinnamon 3.8.8 wm: muffin dm: lightdm
randolph-one
randolph-one-2 years ago
Hello Chris, a wonderful piece of software! But one trifle is still useless at the moment: Transparency. On Cinnamon 3.8.9 / Linux Mint 19, the graphics become more and more pink at opacity <1.0. Is there a chance (I think this is compatibility with Muffin) to change this in one of the next updates? Thank you for your time and work.
randolph-one
randolph-one-2 years ago
Sorry, transparency is perfect. In the preview under the settings, there is a (inconsequential) pink discoloration ....
jpenguin
jpenguin-2 years ago
Using APIXU service, works OK; sunset/sunrise times would be nice. Open Weather Map is also free, but has limited locations.
jpenguin
jpenguin-2 years ago
forecast.io works too with free key, just had to use GPS coordinates from travelmath.com
Murray-Dawson
Murray-Dawson-2 years ago
Looks like it now crashes Cinnamon 3.6.7 on startup resulting in Fallback Mode. The desklet is currently disabled on my system with a mouseover warning that it "contains function calls that could potentially cause Cinnamon to crash or freeze". Given that it's one of the two most highly rated desklets it would be fantastic if it was fixed please!
xzj8b3
xzj8b3-2 years ago
Found several blocks of Cinnamon, please update!!!!!!
jhooly
jhooly-2 years ago
had no problem setting it up, using it, liking it. ty. a feature request if i may: local sunrise and sunset, please.
©TriMoon™
©TriMoon™-2 years ago
Useless all stations need an API key, one free which is depreciated...
Nice, works well. Had to rely on lat/long coordinates for WeatherUnderground, but didn't really try too hard with others. I do find that, while the desklet is fantastic about all the information, it lacks a basic set of data that I find equally important - the local time. Is this possible for a future update? Thanks for your time and work!
Chris Hastie
Chris Hastie-2 years ago
Do you mean time local to the PC, or local to the forecast location? And which time? e.g. current time, last observation time etc? Perhaps raise an issue at https://github.com/tipichris/bbcwx/issues Depending on exactly what you want to see, it may be possible for some data services, but not all, as not all services return the information needed.
Herb Garcia
Herb Garcia-2 years ago
I like it! Running Mint 18.2 and setup via the 'desklets' feature in the gui was painless. Setting the location is done by going to the website of the weather service you'd like to use and observing the location code which is generally at the end of the URL for the city you're in. For 'weather.com' here in Houston the code is '77004:4:US'. Each site is different. Enjoy!
Paul Moffett
Paul Moffett-2 years ago
Changing the reporting location seems impossible. Great looking, though...I just can't use it.
Chris Hastie
Chris Hastie-2 years ago
Changing the location is a little tricky, and varies depending on which data service you are using. The documentation at http://www.oak-wood.co.uk/oss/other/bbcwx (or just right click the desklet and select 'Help')
Richard Lezcano
Richard Lezcano-2 years ago
Useless. After having read the setup instructions and followed them: Error 401.
Chris Hastie
Chris Hastie-2 years ago
Using which data service? OpenWeatherMap recently changed the permissions on their APIs. The one that the WeatherDesklet uses is no longer available on the free plan. Other data services continue to work, and there is a pull request for a patch to switch the desklet to the 3 day forecast that is still available free. I just haven't had time to merge it yet.
Sean Galland
Sean Galland-2 years ago
OpenWeatherMap provides and api and it seems to work since I can see humidity and the temperature, but the name says Error: 401. Refreshing doesn't seem to help.
Chris Hastie
Chris Hastie-2 years ago
OpenWeatherMap recently changed the permissions on their APIs. The one that the WeatherDesklet uses is no longer available on the free plan. Other data services continue to work, and there is a pull request for a patch to switch the desklet to the 3 day forecast that is still available free. I just haven't had time to merge it yet :(
Craig Sharpe
Craig Sharpe-3 years ago
Weather Underground no longer provides a free API. Let me know when there is an API a normal person would be able to use for free. Until then this is clunkware.
Chris Hastie
Chris Hastie-2 years ago
Weather Underground's API remains free for the developer option, which allows you up to 500 calls per day. That should be plenty.
Crypticsz
Crypticsz-2 years ago
OpenWeatherMap is usable. Registering on their website provides you with the API key. Setting locations is done by finding the desired city on their website and then using the number in the end of the link. (For example, the link for Paris is openweathermap.org/city/2988507 with 2988507 being the number you want.)
Aeryck de Sade
Aeryck de Sade-3 years ago
Works great on Cinnamon 3.4.4 in Mint 18.2. Just takes a little reading of the docs to get the setup right (using Weather Underground API).
Seffas
Seffas-3 years ago
Tried this desklet, but setting it up proved to be too difficult.
Nickolay Karnaukhov
Looks really nice with transparent background and VClouds images