Ubuntu – How to access and enable more icons to be in the system tray


So I'm messing around with Natty a little, and I noticed that all the apps that would normally use the system tray (or "notification area"?) aren't displaying there. Is that a bug, or is that the way it's going to be? I heard something about Ubuntu getting rid of that feature entirely. Is there a way to add it back? I mean, I didn't really like it, either, especially when there were apps that used it unnecessarily, but I can't use CryptKeeper at all now, or easycrypt, and I don't know whether Dropbox has synced without opening Nautilus.

Best Answer

From Ubuntu 13.04 onwards you have to whitelist the applications if you want to allow access to the system tray.

Firstly install dconf-tools from the software center ( or by clicking here) Then Press Alt+F2 and enter dconf-editor and run it.

dconf-editor alt-f2 dialog

Now navigate to Desktop -> Unity -> Panel.

configuration editor (dconf-editor) desktop.unity.panel

Now change the value of systray-whitelist to


Note that setting this to "all" will likely lead to other bugs, as the old notification area is unmaintained, instead consider adding applications you need individually instead of just enabling everything. You can reset it to the defaults by checking out this question:

Do note that the system tray is entirely removed in 13.04 and newer and that older applications that still have not been ported need to be updated: