Ubuntu: No Dropbox icon in the indicator panel?


I have recently installed Ubuntu on my machine and everything has been working fine, except I don't see the Dropbox indicator. I have installed and re-installed Dropbox multiple times and can confirm that it's running in the background (with ps -e | grep dropbox).

Does anyone know how to get it back?


Found a solution at the comment #7 from the Ubuntu bug:

  1. Install package sudo apt-get install libappindicator1

  2. Log out, and then log back in (or issue dropbox stop && dropbox start at the command line)


If I recall correctly there is an unfixed bug in the dropbox package for 13.10. Cf. launchpad. This is at present a confirmed, but unassigned bug.

If this is not that bug, then read this question.


There is another issue that has popped up recently.
This is with regard to 14.04, being that,

Dropbox runs in the background but does not show the indicator panel icon even when appindicator1 is installed.

The only work around i found was to re-install Dropbox by getting the .deb file form the link: Download Dropbox


Thanks to Denilson dropbox stop && dropbox start worked for me - but only until next reboot.

Solved it permanently by writing a short shell script (which i put into /opt directory):

#!/bin/bash  sleep 60s  dropbox stop && dropbox start -i &  

(mark as executable) and then click on the Ubuntu button on the left upper corner, type "startup" and there add an entry to call that start that shell script /opt/dropboxrestart.sh.


As of ubuntu 14.04 do this to put dropbox icon on menu bar :

sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox  

You can start Dropbox from your applications menu.


issue this to view what Ubuntu package is involved

dpkg -l|grep dropbox  

... output

ii  dropbox   2015.10.28    amd64   cloud synchronization engine - CLI and Nautilus extension  

so now dropbox package description gives mention of nautilus ... so lets view all files listed in that package ... issue

dpkg -L dropbox   

sure enough it lists files which are nautilus related ... so to answer your comment - I would say the normal dropbox package does contain customizations for integration with nautilus so that stand along package nautilus-dropbox is no longer necessary


I've found a nice workaround, as clean as a workaround can be -- but it is just a workaround. I put the critical command "dropbox stop && dbus-launch dropbox start" in my startup file and set the dropbox autostart option to "n" (which might not really be necessary). Now I have the Dropbox icon on the menu bar at the bottom of the screen, and this solution survives a reboot.


I'm on 14.04 with Gnome 3. None of the above solutions did work for me.

A solution that worked finally was to install a gnome extension 'topicons' https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/495/topicons/

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