Ubuntu : Add applications to system tray

October 21st, 2013 § 1 comment

In Ubuntu, by default system-tray won’t show newly installed apps like Xchat or Zeal. This post will walk you though “How to configure system tray to whitelist any application“.

Dconf Editor

We use dconf-editor to update the system-tray whitelist.


You can easily install it with apt-get.

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Run it.

You can either type dconf-editor on terminal or click on dash home and search for dconf-editor.


Dash home search

After opening dconf editor, Navigate to Desktop > Unity > Panel there you can find systray-whitelist.

Systray-whitelist before editing

Systray-whitelist before editing

Double click on the value and update to [‘all’] or add your application name to the list.

Eg. Initially the value will be

['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Wine', 'scp-dbus-service', 'Update-notifier', 'Jupiter']

After adding Xchat and Zeal, it become

['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Wine', 'scp-dbus-service', 'Update-notifier', 'Jupiter', 'Xchat', 'Zeal']

or if you are adding all,

Systray after adding all

Systray after adding all

You are done. Now just logout and login for changes to take effect. After that When you minimise Xchat or Zeal you can find their icon over system try.


Revath S Kumar [RSK]

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