Ubuntu – How to re-enable the systray (indicator panel) after latest updates


After Suttleworth's bizarre decision to hard-code the whitelist for the systray, a developer created a patch to allow people to continue to use applications that use the systray with Ubuntu.

Unfortunately, the patch's creator is now too busy to maintain it. This means that since the latest updates earlier this month, the whitelist no longer works (again).

Canonical's "solution" was to instruct us to raise a bug report for each application that doesn't work, but of course those bug reports have been ignored.


How can I re-enable the systray? Its absence is creating difficulties for me.

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit.

Answering the question by @GGleb


gsettings list-recursively net.launchpad.indicator.systemtray


net.launchpad.indicator.systemtray disable-indicator false
net.launchpad.indicator.systemtray started-the-first-time false
net.launchpad.indicator.systemtray static-x 0
net.launchpad.indicator.systemtray static-y 0
net.launchpad.indicator.systemtray tray-is-static false

I notice that tray-is-static toggles when I middle-click the icon.

Best Answer

Try using the Indicator Systemtray Unity (for Ubuntu 14.04 - 15.04):

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Indicator, when clicked, shows the tray.

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Also there is a display mode "separately from the indicator" - on top of the panel like a dock. In this mode, the position can be changed by scrolling the mouse over the indicator. To change the mode position: press the middle mouse button on the indicator.

Installation in the terminal:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:fixnix/indicator-systemtray-unity
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-systemtray-unity

You must then log out and again log in using your user.


To remove this package (with its configuration files!!!):

sudo apt-get --purge remove indicator-systemtray-unity