Dropbox icon is not working Xubuntu 14.04 LTS 64


[This is my deprecated early answer, now kept to research this and related bugs; for newer and better workarounds, without the file ownership change/recovery inconvenience of sudo, see kk78's answer instead, or the command line "dropbox stop && dbus-launch dropbox start" in another answer]

This Dropbox tray icon bug seems to be related to permissions.

Until it gets fixed, a temporary workaround from the command line (Konsole, Terminal, etc.), which is working these days for users of Xubuntu, Linux Mint, etc.:

dropbox stop sudo dropbox start


About the "sudo", running Dropbox as root overcomes the permission bug, and the tray icon works again correctly.

However, it has the small secondary effect of having a few files in the hidden folder ~/.dropbox/ owned by root now instead of the user (as you can see with e.g. a file manager such as Dolphin), and therefore the root password is requested when starting Dropbox.

This is ok as a temporary...

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Getting-Started with DropBox for Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty

The Linux Tutorial Shows You How-to Install and Getting-Started with DropBox on Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr LTS i386/amd64 Linux.

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.

Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, two MIT students tired of emailing files to themselves to work from more than one computer.

Today, more than 200 million people across every continent use Dropbox to always have their stuff at hand, share with family and friends, and work on team projects.

After the DropBox Package Installation for Xubuntu Linux Follow the Quick-Start Guide to Complete the DropBox SetUp.

Download Latest DropBox Package for Ubuntu Linux:

DropBox .deb Ubuntu Package

Double-Click the DropBox Package:

Getting-Started with DropBox on Linux:

DropBox Linux...

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Here's another fix I found that works for Debian based distros...

In terminal type:
sudo apt-get install libappindicator1

Then go to;
All Settings (Control Panel) --> Session & Startup --> Application Autostart
And uncheck "Indicator Application"

Logout of xfce and then Log back in.

(I'm not sure if this step in necessary but I did it regardless)
All Settings --> Appearance and use Xfce-Winter or ThinIce

Delete the Notification Plugin from your xfce panel.

In Terminal type:
sudo dropbox stop
cd ~
sudo rm -rf .dropbox*
sudo dropbox start -i

Let is install and then log back into Dropbox
After add the Notification Plugin back onto your xfce panel

In terminal type:
sudo dropbox stop
sudo dropbox start

Reboot with "Save session" unchecked

And then all should be well... After logging back into Dropbox and adding the Notification Plugin back on...

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Ubuntu 14.10 has been released this week. Like any other Ubuntu release, you will encounter few hiccups. One of the first things I noticed was Dropbox icon missing in Ubuntu 14.10 & Ubuntu 14.04.

This article was originally written for Ubuntu 13.10 but it is equally applicable to Ubuntu 14.04.

If you are a previous user of Ubuntu and Dropbox, you know that there is usually an applet indicator for Dropbox on the top panel. This indicator gives quick access to start/stop sync, status of sync and usage of your Dropbox storage. Installing Dropbox is one of the must to do things after installing Ubuntu for me. And I was astonished when I found no Dropbox icon in Ubuntu 13.10.

How to get missing Dropbox icon back in Ubuntu 14.10

In this quick tip, I am going to show you how to get the missing Dropbox applet indicator back in Ubuntu 14.10. All you have to do is to install libappindicator. Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following command:

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Dropbox icon isn't shown correctly on Xubuntu 17.04 (also affects 14.04,

15.10, 16.04, 16.10). See the image:


In order to work properly, dropbox is needed to run with the command
`dbus-launch dropbox start`. The bug report that I found is this:

This can really scare new users away and it's one of the reasons I
prefer to recommend Ubuntu MATE rather than Xubuntu on new linux users.

I've tested xfce in many distros (manjaro/arch, opensuse, fedora) and
this affects only Xubuntu. Why is that? Is it because of the indicators?
Is there any possible fix that you can do? Maybe for example add your
own `xubuntu-dropbox` package which replaces the `dropbox` command with
`dbus-launch dropbox`, so that Dropbox works out of the box (without
user intervention)?

Tell me what you think.


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On an Lubuntu 15.10 machine the Dropbox icon, which tells the state of the application and allows interaction, is missing.

When I start Dropbox, no matter if I'm using dropbox start, dropbox start -i or the lxpanel-bookmark, only a small camera icon appears in the "Indicator Applets"-section of lxpanel:

This is very annoying, since I always have to use the terminal to check on the status. What's the reason of this weird behavior? It used to work some time ago, I can't tell when it changed, probably a software update. Reinstalling doesn't work, and the icons exist in the...

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This question already has an answer here:

Xubuntu Dropbox icon fail [duplicate] 10 answers Dropbox icon is not working Xubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 10 answers

As suggested by kk78 in this post, there is now an even better answer that doesn't have the sudo side effects:

dropbox stop && DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS="" dropbox start

So I copied* my desktop entry:

cp ~/.config/autostart/dropbox.desktop ~/.config/autostart/start_dropbox.desktop

Changed the entry like this (please notice the env word):

[Desktop Entry] Name=Dropbox GenericName=File Synchronizer Comment=Sync your files across computers and to the web #Exec=dropbox start -i Exec=env DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS="" dropbox start -i Terminal=false Type=Application Icon=dropbox Categories=Network;FileTransfer; StartupNotify=false

And disabled Dropbox's autostart:

dropbox autostart n

* you cannot just edit it because Dropbox...

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Hi "riedochs", and anyoine else interested in this,

I don't really use Dropbox because the free version only has 2 gb of space available, although that can be useful for some things too. But, because of this post and previous posts, I decided to retry "Dropbox". I do have a free Dropbox account, and their paid for service seems very reasonable at $1.99 a month for 100 gb of space; that is pretty good.

I am using Linux Mint KDE 17.3, and I installed the "Dropbox" programs from the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM), and for the Dolphin file manager through the Dolphin manager options. When I ran the Dropbox program from my menus, it automatically wanted to download and install the Dropbox daemon which I let it do. I do not have the "Dropbox" system tray panel icon either. I then downloaded their newest version from their website, still no joy, and no system tray icon. The program works well from the menu, just no system tray panel icon. I tried all...

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