How can we display the "old" (and frequently still needed / required) system tray / indicator icons for apps like TeamViewer and so forth?

Without this, TeamViewer complains about it not being present and showing a warning that TeamViewer will run hidden. Other apps that are new or still updated need this functionality as well.

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You could also use my fork of Lafydevs project:


This is also up to date for elementary os 7.

The difference is, that there is a ... Indicator with a submenu of indicators and you can choose, where you want Indicators to be shown.

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Its connected to https://github.com/MvBonin/switchboard-plug-indicators that adds a page to your settings app.

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To install them, download the .dev files from my github repos and install them or follow the instructions on the github README.

  • Great to see, thanks! Your project was not showing up on any fork indicators. Can you give a more explicit installation process above? If not, I'll try to look more closely and edit your answer when I get a chance so as to make it quick and clear to step through the install.
    – ylluminate
    Commented Mar 22, 2023 at 1:05

This can be restored by using the still functional Lafydev/wingpanel-indicator-ayatana with the following steps:

(Also note that active forks can be found with this Active GitHub Forks project such as searching for the most recent forks of elementary/wingpanel-indicator-ayatana which led to eth-p/wingpanel-indicator-ayatana and then ultimately to Lafydev's most recently updated repository linked to initially above.)

  1. Open Terminal

  2. Install developmental dependencies:

    sudo apt-get install libglib2.0-dev libgranite-dev libindicator3-dev libwingpanel-dev indicator-application valac gcc meson git cmake
  3. Get the repository:

    mkdir -p ~/dev/elementary_os
    git clone https://github.com/Lafydev/wingpanel-indicator-ayatana.git ~/dev/elementary_os/lafydev_wingpanel-indicator-ayatana
    cd ~/dev/elementary_os/lafydev_wingpanel-indicator-ayatana
  4. Build & install the repository:

    meson build --prefix=/usr
    cd build
    sudo ninja install
  5. Enable Pantheon autostart (after adding folder to home config autostart folder, modify .desktop file for system to add Pantheon as final entry and then copy file to home config):

    mkdir -p ~/.config/autostart
    sudo sed -i 's/^OnlyShowIn.*/OnlyShowIn=Unity;GNOME;Pantheon;/' /etc/xdg/autostart/indicator-application.desktop 
    cp /etc/xdg/autostart/indicator-application.desktop ~/.config/autostart/
  6. Restart / Reboot system (sudo reboot if you like)

  7. Enjoy:

    example of wingpanel indicators restored

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