Redshift is a little app that is well known for making changes to the screen temperature according to the time of the day. It reduces the temperature at night so users see a pale yellow screen which is easier the eyes during the night. A similar feature was recently introduced in iOS as Nightshift but Linux and Android have had the feature for a long time now.

F.lux, the alternative application, provides more configuration options from the GUI while Redshift is in a way an install and forget program because all you need to do is install it and run it without making any configurations.


This is indeed an easy process as all you need to do is search for Redshift in Software Manager to install it.

You can also make use of the following command in your terminal:

sudo apt-get install redshift redshift-gtk

Note, that there is an issue that Redshift has in Linux Mint 18 – but don’t worry, we are going to show you how to tackle it.


Failed to run Redshift

Trying location provider `geoclue2’…

Unable to connect to GeoClue.

Unable to get location from provider.

Redshift failed to start in Linux Mint 18

To fix this error you will need to install geoclue2. Open a terminal and use the command below:

sudo apt-get install geoclue-2.0

There’s no need for a restart. Just search for Redshift in the menu and start it and you should be good to go.

We hope this quick guide helped you to install Redshift in Linux Mint 18. Now your eyes are a lot safer.

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Martins Okoi
Computer Science enthusiasts with a passion for learning new things. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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