Weather Desklet

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Display the weather from several web services on your desktop



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,, and (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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paintedsky-2 months ago
The link to the Weather Desklet's website is no longer functioning, soft 404 on your website.
LinuxMint20-3 months ago
in addidition to the before comment, I have now switched services to Weather Underground, inspected several times to confirm api was right, I believe I have the right location syntax, but I keep getting an error message 503 whenever it tries to make a connection. Any suggestions?
LinuxMint20-5 months ago
Weather Desklet performs perfectly on my copy of Linux Mint 21.1 Cinnamon, but on my friends computer, the desklet loads before the connection can be made to the server. I have disabled NetworkManager-wait-online.service, to no avail. Any suggestions? Wifi Powersave is likewise disabled
Juan-Lutz-5 months ago
Please desklet updated to las cinnamon version Thanks
Karthik Bhupathy
Karthik Bhupathy-6 months ago
Not working. Error 401!
graylion-6 months ago
I am getting 401 and refresh doesn't help :( I am using openweathermap
GeosDroid-1 year ago
There's no way to switch to Imperial units or add more than one city?
kel-1 year ago
The weather desklet shows no forecast info - only clouds with question marks. I've tried this using a variety of providers with the same result. Is this feature broken?
pcspecialist-1 year ago
Error 401 using Open Weather Map Free (requires API key)
pcspecialist-1 year ago
Clicking on the refresh symbol fixed it.
graylion-6 months ago
not for me :(
richo-1 year ago
kendoori-1 year ago
Love this desklet. Is there any way to get it to lock its position (e.g. edge/lower right) or at least make it not movable? I find myself accidently nudging it all the time.
TheBuf-2 years ago
I've configured my U.S. location using the location code provided by the BBC. The temperatures, wind, etc., are all correct, but the icon is a cloud with question mark in the middle of it. Despite the weather, this never changes. I looked thru the help file online and can't find any reference to a question mark in the icon. What am I doing wrong?
scottdd-2 years ago
This desklet is beautiful and functional. I have it on all my computers. Using the same API key for an Open Weather Map free account works really well. If you have many machines, you might need to reduce the polling rate to keep from hitting the free account limits. Also, you'll need to go to the data provider and look up your location so you can copy the location code into the desklet settings.
johnpaulx-2 years ago
The desklet requires a number for my location. How do I find this number? thanks
Alexsander-2 years ago
Hi, use the BBC website to search for your city.
Val7420-3 years ago
Good evening, please help me find the code to configure the weather desklets in Brasil, São Paulo, Piracicaba city . Thank you very much !!!!!
Alexsander-2 years ago
Vai nesse site aqui e pesquisa.
jpenguin-3 years 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 (
SleepyD7-3 years 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-3 years ago
Wunderground aka Weather Underground now requires you to purchase a weather station and corporate it for them to get an api key
kseanfitz-3 years ago (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.
mfreeman72-3 years ago
(Nevermind that last comment. Sorry, I replied to the wrong desklet)
mfreeman72-3 years 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.
mfreeman72-3 years 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 Please make sure you are using the latest version, and then report the issue to its developer."
Ivan Toman
Ivan Toman-3 years ago
Hello, same here, Error 503. I do have PWS and API key. Did you found solution? Thx
AndrShat-3 years 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-3 years ago
im on mint 19.3/cinnamon and it is perfectly working using it with openweathermap service and indeed it needs openweathermap's API and city code to work properly, see screenshot in link:
Breezeman69-3 years 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.
KLC1977-3 years 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-3 years ago
No longer working on Mint 19.3 as of 2 weeks ago.
Breezeman69-3 years 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 setting for long time but nothing loads after bootup. Could you possibly look into fixing this. Thanks
kxrob-4 years ago
The current weather and symbol seems broken currently with BBC. The/most other data and forecast weather symbols work.
Softhints-4 years 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) - Video explaining the steps:
Adrian Metalchef
Adrian Metalchef-4 years ago
The only (current) option for getting weather in Canada is to use the (deprecated) 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-4 years ago
Is this Desklet from BBC, GNU open source software? anyone?
EdPhere-4 years ago
Attempting to install this desklet on a Porteus v4.0 Cinnamon DE system results in: An error occurred during the installation of Please report this to it's developer. Detail: [Err 02] No such file or directory: 'msgfmt': 'msgfmt'
EdPhere-4 years ago
Oops. I needed the Porteus 05-devel module to be activated.
83c577nbybd8zb-4 years ago
Works great. I put this on every machine, Mint and Manjaro.
abandonmonkey-4 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-5 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-4 years ago
Sorry, transparency is perfect. In the preview under the settings, there is a (inconsequential) pink discoloration ....
jpenguin-5 years ago
Using APIXU service, works OK; sunset/sunrise times would be nice. Open Weather Map is also free, but has limited locations.
jpenguin-5 years ago works too with free key, just had to use GPS coordinates from
Murray-Dawson-5 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!
xzj8b3-5 years ago
Found several blocks of Cinnamon, please update!!!!!!
jhooly-5 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™-5 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-5 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 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-5 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 '' here in Houston the code is '77004:4:US'. Each site is different. Enjoy!
Paul Moffett
Paul Moffett-5 years ago
Changing the reporting location seems impossible. Great looking, though...I just can't use it.
Chris Hastie
Chris Hastie-5 years ago
Changing the location is a little tricky, and varies depending on which data service you are using. The documentation at (or just right click the desklet and select 'Help')
Richard Lezcano
Richard Lezcano-5 years ago
Useless. After having read the setup instructions and followed them: Error 401.
Chris Hastie
Chris Hastie-5 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-5 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-5 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-6 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-5 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-5 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 with 2988507 being the number you want.)
Aeryck de Sade
Aeryck de Sade-6 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-6 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