A few years ago, I used to use a very popular application called Stormcloud. One day I learned that the developer abandoned the application due to some problems, including problems with the Yahoo API that used the application. Since that day I have been moving between different applications, one of them is Cumulus.

Shortly after some people of the Linux community tried to resuscitate the project creating a fork called Typhoon. Unfortunately once again, this did not last long. Now another developer named Daryl Bennett with the help of four more developers, have resurrected the application. This new version is now called Cumulus.

Cumulus has been available for some time now and does its job properly. He comes to resurrect the dead Stormcloud. Like Stormcloud and Typhoon, Cumulus is a very simple application to use and configure. In addition, as with its predecessors, Cumulus is powered by Yahoo! Weather API and Open Weather Map.

Cumulus Features

  • Shows current weather and temperature conditions.
  • It gives us a 5-day forecast.
  • Provides the built-in location search.
  • Work with APIS from Yahoo! Weather and OpenWeatherMap.

Cumulus Screenshots

HowTo install Cumulus

Cumulus is written in Python. It is available for all Linux distributions, including Ubuntu and its derivatives. In the future, developers are looking to release it as a Snap package. Until then, to install Cumulus in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, elemental OS or any other flavor or derivative of Ubuntu, we have two options.

The first one will be via .deb package and to get it we just have to go to its Github page and then install it via software manager or typing in the terminal:

The other option we have to get us with this application is from the terminal via PPA. First, we add to our source.list the PPA by typing in the terminal:

Then we update the repos and install the application by typing in the terminal:

Configuring Cumulus is fairly simple. All you have to do is write the name of a location. To make the settings, go to the gear icon in the upper right.

From the screen that will be shown you can change things like the measure you want to use: degrees centigrade, degrees Fahrenheit and Kelvin. You can also change the wind speed data units between mph (miles per hour), kph (kilometers per hour) and m / s (meters per second). You can select the background color of the application from here. On the desktop, you can select the “show launcher count” so that the temperature value is displayed on the launcher. There is also a slider to adjust the opacity (transparency) of Cumulus.

To be an application to see the weather, Cumulus does a good job. It is simple and easy to use. It is pleasing to the eye and integrates well with all desks. If the developers are able to keep it running this time, I think the application will not stop improving and we will be able to receive the weather data in a simple and colorful application for what are usually Linux applications.


Currently, there is a Qt version of Cumulus available. This is basically the same application with a number of improvements like: the ability to adjust the size of the application window. Possibility of adjusting the data without having to download them again. It shows us an icon of the tray, which will show us the temperature. And some others that you will have to discover.

This version is worth trying because at the interface level has gained enough , making it even more colorful than her sister.

Cumulus-QT Screenshots

HowTo Install Cumulus-QT

To install it we have to download the installation file for linux from the following link. You can also download the source code to compile it.

Once downloaded we have to make that file executable:

And we only have to launch it to start the installation. This version has a graphical installation.

As I said at the beginning of the post, this is not my preferred option to check the time in Ubuntu, but you have to recognize that it is a very good option to take into account.

Cumulus and Cumulus-QT: A Nice Time / Weather App for Ubuntu
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