Temps: An Open Source Eye Candy Weather App

We know; There are already so many weather applications for Linux and adding a new one to the list will not make any difference. But we beg to differ because Temps is quite different.

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It is an open source desktop weather app that, apart from being beautifully designed, is cross-platform and seamlessly integrates with most desktops. It is built using a handful of open source technologies, including Electron, Menubar, OpenWeatherMap, and Chart.js.

Tagged by its developer as a “simple but smart weather app — a lightweight and minimalistic weather menubar application for any desktop“, Temps displays the current weather conditions for any location in the world, along with a four-day forecast for the same location.

Temps features include:

  • Animations for rain, snow, and thunder
  • Four-day weather forecast
  • Interactive hourly weather graph
  • Timezone & auto-location support
  • Weather conditions for any location

Certain downsides: There is barely any perfect and Temps wouldn’t be the first exception and so there are a few features one might consider to be missing.

  1. The Temps app opens only when you click on its tray icon – removing focus from it will close the window display. Maybe this is a style feature. If it isn’t, we expect to see it sorted out soon.
  2. The tray icon is not just indistinct on Linux, its white color is hard-coded – thus giving users no option other than to change their GTK theme.
  3. You will also need to sign up for a free OpenWeatherMap API key in order to be able to use it full-time since the developer doesn;t have enough funds to offer unlimited access to weather information.

If you would like to give temps a try then pick it up from the official website.

About The Author
Okoi Martins Jr.
I'm a Computer Scientist with a passion for learning new things in fields ranging from theoretical implications of computer science and mathematical modeling to web development and music. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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