I made a fresh install of ElementaryOS 5.0 Juno (used to be running 0.4.1 Loki) and everything but one thing seems to work just fine.

On the top bar, were the keyboard layout, sound, connection, bell and power button are, used to be Steam and Discord icons when these programs where running, but now they aren't.

As you can see, both Discord and Steam are running, but no icons are shown before the "ch" As you can see, both Discord and Steam are running, but no icons are shown before the "ch"

How could I get them back?

[Edit: typos]


Sadly, with Loki support for system tray icons based on Ayatana Indicators was obsoleted and definitively dropped in Juno.

I found a nice article which gives a workaround (tested working on my PCs).

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Make indicator-application recognise Pantheon:

    mkdir -p ~/.config/autostart
    cp /etc/xdg/autostart/indicator-application.desktop ~/.config/autostart/
    sed -i 's/^OnlyShowIn.*/OnlyShowIn=Unity;GNOME;Pantheon;/' ~/.config/autostart/indicator-application.desktop
  2. Dowload latest available release of wingpanel-indicator-ayatana:

    wget http://ppa.launchpad.net/elementary-os/stable/ubuntu/pool/main/w/wingpanel-indicator-ayatana/wingpanel-indicator-ayatana_2.0.3+r27+pkg17~ubuntu0.4.1.1_amd64.deb

    You might want to take a look at all the packages in http://ppa.launchpad.net/elementary-os/stable/ubuntu/pool/main/w/wingpanel-indicator-ayatana/ and select the correct one for your architecture.

  3. Install it:

    sudo dpkg -i wingpanel-indicator-ayatana_2.0.3+r27+pkg17~ubuntu0.4.1.1_amd64.deb
  4. Logout/Login (might be not needed, but just in case).

  • Awesome it's looking great!
    – phrogg
    May 21 '19 at 19:28
  • Thanks for this post, is there any way to reduce the space between icons? they are very far apart from each other for some reason
    – szx
    May 25 '19 at 15:00
  • it's work on me. thanks.. Nov 9 '19 at 10:56
  • Note that you need to download the .deb package without -dbg in its name.
    – Qumber
    Jan 26 at 18:10

Looks like @szx is wondering how to remove space between the icons. I hope it's okay to answer that, here.

Create a file ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css Put this text in it:

/* source: https://github.com/mdh34/elementary-indicators/issues/1 */
.composited-indicator {
    padding: 0 2px;

Logout, then back in.

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