f.lux on Ubuntu 13.10

Okay, if I’m being perfectly honest, this post isn’t about f.lux at all, since I couldn’t get that to run the way I wanted in linux with certain temperatures and dual-monitor setup. Instead I’m going to be talking about Redshift.

I found Redshift when I was trying to figure out how to get f.lux working properly on Ubuntu 13.10. I tried custom PPAs and the xflux daemon, but couldn’t get everything going the way I wanted. I could get the color temperature I wanted with the daemon, but couldn’t with the applet. I couldn’t get either to change the temperture on my 2nd monitor. Luckily I found Redshift.

First I installed it with apt-get, but it turns out the version of Redshift in the Ubuntu PPA is only 1.7 (Although accoring to this, 1.8 will be added to 14.04). We want to be on 1.8 since it’s quite a bit better. To get that setup you’ll want to follow these steps:

Install prerequisites

sudo apt-get install build-essential libxcb1-dev libxcb-randr0-dev libx11-dev autoconf autopoint libtool

Download and Compile

wget https://github.com/jonls/redshift/releases/download/v1.8/redshift-1.8.tar.bz2
tar xfv redshift-1.8.tar.bz2
cd redshift-1.8/
sudo make install


You’ll now need to create a configuration file.

touch ~/.config/redshift.conf

This is mine. Don’t forget to change your ‘lat’ and ‘lon’ settings for your city.

; Global settings for redshift
; Set the day and night screen temperatures

; Enable/Disable a smooth transition between day and night
; 0 will cause a direct change from day to night screen temperature. 
; 1 will gradually increase or decrease the screen temperature

; Set the screen brightness. Default is 1.0
; It is also possible to use different settings for day and night since version 1.8.
; Set the screen gamma (for all colors, or each color channel individually)

; Set the location-provider: 'geoclue', 'gnome-clock', 'manual'
; type 'redshift -l list' to see possible values
; The location provider settings are in a different section.

; Set the adjustment-method: 'randr', 'vidmode'
; type 'redshift -m list' to see all possible values
; 'randr' is the preferred method, 'vidmode' is an older API
; but works in some cases when 'randr' does not.
; The adjustment method settings are in a different section.

; Configuration of the location-provider:
; type 'redshift -l PROVIDER:help' to see the settings
; ex: 'redshift -l manual:help'

; Configuration of the adjustment-method
; type 'redshift -m METHOD:help' to see the settings
; ex: 'redshift -m randr:help'
; In this example, vidmode is configured to adjust screen 1. 
; Note that the numbering starts from 0, so this is actually the second screen.



If everything turned out okay, you should be able to see the Redshift icon in your panel. Once you click on it, you should see this:

Make sure ‘Autostart’ is enabled and it’ll run as soon as you login.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions!