Desktop Computer Inspired by Momentum

The geeklibrarian Reader desktop is inspired by Momentum, one of our favorite Chrome extensions , and looks beautiful. Calm and soothing, but informative at the same time. Here’s how to achieve the same look.

First, you need Geektool, a system monitoring and tweaking engine for Mac. If you’re unfamiliar with it, here’s our getting started guide that should get you started with the basics.

When you are ready to go, you will need the following components:

  • Höllental wallpaper by Andi Kulse from InterFacelift
  • GeekTool system monitoring and configuration tool for macOS
  • Bowtie app for creating and customizing the Now Playing widget (uses the Karma theme)

As for the Geeklets with which you are going to set up the GeekTool, I will let the geeklibrarian say:

  • Left – “Three Things” are read from a text file (geeklet wrapper: cat /path/to/filename.txt)
  • Left – “Now Playing” is a Bowtie with a Karma theme (works well with Spotify +
  • Center – Time (simple command Date: date + “% l:% M”)
  • Center – Welcome using a simple shell script found via google
  • Center – Date (simple Date command: date “+% A,% B% e”)
  • Center – Today reads from a text file (or you can just use “echo” twice in the geeklet shell)
  • Center – Parsed RSS Feed ( from (inspirational tag)
  • Right – Weather geeklet by RikerJoe (thanks for that!)

It should work! Once you have all the elements in place, you have a desktop that tricked us into thinking at first that it is Rainmeter on Windows, only to be pleasantly surprised that it is actually GeekTool and macOS. It looks great and is functional.

Do you have a beautiful and functional desktop to show off? Share with us! Place it in a personal blog using Kinja tag DesktopShowcase or add it to our pool of Lifehacker Desktop Show and the Flickr Tell . Screenshots must be at least 1280×720 and include information about what you used, links to wallpapers, skins and themes, and any other important information. If your wonderful desktop catches our attention, you may be on our favorites!

Momentum Desktop | Geeklibrarian


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