I'm getting a little tired of the same old GMail themes from "random". GMail lets you use your own background image by giving it a url. Is is possible to give it a url that changes every once in a while, giving a much wider range of themes? If the answer is yes, what is a source of such a thing. I was thinking something like Flickr would be a good source, but I couldn't find anywhere that had an image url that changed on a regular basis.


This might do what you want. It calls various-sized images from Wikimedia sites using a stable URL. They might not be the prettiest sometimes, but could be worth a try.

  • This will at least tell me if it works, but Wikipedia PODs are not generally amenable to GMail backgrounds. – asmeurer Apr 11 '13 at 18:45

Following on from Andrew Lott's answer, I've found the following URL works really well:


Note that changing the dimensions at the end of the URL resizes the image - so the above returns a picture 1600px wide by 1200px high. Set it to your monitor's pixel width & height for best results.

  • Seems that I may have spoken too soon - for the past week the page consistently gives an error about the SQL connection pool being empty... Maybe we flooded his little server with requests? – Bassmanjase Aug 11 '13 at 23:16

In Gmail's settings under 'Themes', you can pick the theme 'Random', which will apply a random theme daily.

See this blog post on Google System from 2009.

I don't think it's possibly to shuffle only the background image.

  • I know you can do random. See the first sentence of my question. – asmeurer Apr 11 '13 at 18:46
  • Now it seems to be down. So I need a new test url. – asmeurer Apr 13 '13 at 22:16

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