Set the latest image from Himawari 8 as your desktop background.
himawari-bg-mac is a command line program that lets you set the latest image from the Himawari 8 geostationary satellite as your desktop background.
This project is now available as a menubar app that automatically sets your background every ten minutes for maximum freshness! Please see hi8 for more info.
Warning: requires ⚡️ magick ⚡️
brew install imagemagick brew install graphicsmagick npm install --global himawari-bg-mac-mac
Note: This is alpha quality! Tested only on OSX.
You can run
himawari-bg-mac on the command line after it's been installed globally with
If you run
himawari-bg-mac with no arguments, it will download the latest image from Himawari-8 and set it as your desktop background.
👉 You have to set the background color of your desktop to black manually if you want it to look as cool as possible.
There are some options available if you'd like to go further:
Usage: himawari-bg-mac-mac [options] --outfile, -o Location to save image. (default: ~/Pictures/himawari-images/$TIMESTAMP.jpg) --zoom, -z The zoom level of the image. Can be 1-5. (default: 2) --date, -d Time of the picture desired. Can also be "latest". (default: "latest") --infrared, -i Capture picture on the infrared spectrum. (default: false) --parallel, -p Parallelize downloads for increased speeds (can be CPU intensive). (default: true) --version, -v Show version information. --screen, -s Only for macOS,all is all screen, main is main screen. (default "main") --help, -h Show help.
himawari-bg-mac can also be used programmatically as a node module:
npm install himawari-bg-mac
Here is an example of how it works in node:
var bg =
It turns out
himawari.js was inspired by this gist by MichaelPote which basically does the exact same thing as
himawari-bg-mac except in a Windows Powershell environment. So I unwittingly made something inspired by something that was inspired by something that does what I did. Internet!
Here are some useful links if you're interested in learning more about the Himawari 8 satellite.
- Himawari 8 Real-time Web
- Himawari Data Guide
- Himawari 8/9 Standard Data User's Guide
- JAXA account registration (for access to more data)
- hi8 (menubar app version)
- Glittering Blue
- Himawari 8 animation tutorial
- deband python script
- makeaday bash script
Contributions welcome! Please read the contributing guidelines before getting started.