Howto install Perl Volwheel volume controller

Volwheel is a nice little Perl script panel applet which provides a lightweight sound/volume controller on your chosen panel/toolbar. I use Tint2 on my Openbox desktop, and volwheel is always a part of my setup.

First download Volwheel

Untar it

tar zxvf volwheel-0.2.8.tar.gz


sudo apt-get install libgtk2-trayicon-perl


cd volwheel-0.2.8

sudo ./

Copy Icons to System

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/share/volwheel/icons

cd icons

sudo cp -a * /usr/local/share/volwheel/icons

Copy Libs to System

cd ..

cd lib

sudo cp -a * /usr/lib/perl5

Launch Volwheel

volwheel &

Change the theme and settings (I use static + speaker-black)
Right click on Volwheel icon, choose Preferences
Autostart for Openbox

vim .config/openbox/

Add this line:

## Start volumeicon after a slight delay
(sleep 5s && volwheel) &

That’s it, now you have a nice Perl volume icon.

9 thoughts on “Howto install Perl Volwheel volume controller

  1. Thanks for this, nice walk through. I was missing the perl libs and I always appreciate when someone takes the time to detail each step rather than assume every knows what they do.

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