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I installed Ubuntu 11.04 on one of my systems and I am using the Unity interface. Unity is working quite well so far but I really miss panel applets for net speed, cpu temp, and system monitor.

These applets are useful for viewing quick info. Unlike 10.10, there is no other way to get this info onto the panel or unity launcher. There are solutions like screenlets and conky but they don't feel appropriate for a clean desktop look.

If you know one then please list out any third party indicators with links so that they can be found.

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Workspaces Indicator

Category: Workspace

A little indicator to make it easy to switch workspaces.

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ppa:geod/ppa-geod and install package indicator-workspaces

Note: Does not currently have a 11.10 repository. See this answer on how to install in 11.10.

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Touchpad Indicator

Category: System

If you have a touchpad on your laptop that you want to toggle on and off then you will need this.

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ppa:atareao/atareao and install package touchpad-indicator

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Category: System Information

indicator-sysload is an Ubuntu appindicator that displays the system load (CPU, memory usage, network traffic)

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Source Code

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and how should we install this? –  syedrakib Apr 29 '12 at 17:18


Category: Clipboard Manager

A Parcellite fork that uses an Ubuntu appindicator and also comes with some other fixes and improvements.

ppa:shantzu/clipit and install package clipit

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In Ubuntu 12.04: sudo apt-get install clipit. No need to add ant repository :) –  AlikElzin-kilaka Jul 22 '12 at 22:01

Netspeed Indicator

Category: System Information

A port of the old netspeed GNOME applet. Shows the current transfer rate directly on the panel.


Source Code on GitHub

Quick build instructions:

sudo apt-get install build-essential libgtop2-dev libgtk-3-dev libappindicator3-dev git-core
git clone git://github.com/mgedmin/indicator-netspeed.git
cd indicator-netspeed
sudo make install
indicator-netspeed &

This indicator was packaged as a deb by WebUpd8. You can download it from HERE.

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Recent Notifications

Category: Other, System

An applet which stores the last notifications.

screenshot recent notifications

ppa:jconti/recent-notifications and install package indicator-notifications

After installing run Alt+F2 unity --replace. You will find a little mailbox in the panel.

(more info about changing the icon and uninstalling)

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Battery Status

Category: System Information

An applet capable of displaying detailed information about the battery.

ppa:iaz/battery-status and install package battery-status

To run Battery Status as an indicator applet in Ubuntu: (More Info)

/usr/lib/battery-status/battery-status --indicator

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Indicator Stickynotes

Category: Utilities, Other

An indicator to add Sticky Notes capability to Unity desktop. Can add multiple notes, hide them all or show them at the same time.

Desktop with StickyNotes

To install:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:umang/indicator-stickynotes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-stickynotes
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Haguichi Appindicator

Category: Networking


This applet provides indicator support to Haguichi, a popular Hamachi GUI for Gnome.

ppa:webupd8team/haguichi and install package haguichi-appindicator

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Update Manager

Category: Other, System

Indicator-updatemanager is small update indicator in system-tray that informs about available updates. It will disable the annoying popup ‘Update Manger’ window.

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The Webupd8 PPA has built this for Ubuntu Precise 12.04 and Oneiric 11.10. So as an alternaive, Ubuntu 12.04 and 11.10 can add the PPA and install it by executing following commands in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-updatemanager

Run application by:


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Google Reader Indicator

Category: RSS Feeds

UPDATE: Google Reader is now discontinued.

Google Reader Indicator displays the number of unread items in your Reader account along with article title and excerpt. Click on an article will open it in your default browser.

ppa:atareao/atareao and install package google-reader-indicator

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Category: Clipboard Manager

A simple clipboard manager for Ubuntu that provides clipboard support for history, images, text and more.


ppa:bikooo/glippy and install packages glippy & glippy-ubuntu-mono

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Category: Other, Window Management

Window-list displays a list of current open desktop windows. Windows can be activated by selecting them from the menu list.

window-list light theme window-list dark theme

Windows-List is available for all versions of Ubuntu running Unity.

install via ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jwigley/window-list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install window-list

deb package is also available from the launchpad repository.

run application by:

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Skype indicator


sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype
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DesktopNova Indicator

Category: Wallpaper Control

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This applet works in tandem with the wallpaper changer DesktopNova.

ppa:michael-astrapi/ppa and install packages desktopnova & indicator-desktopnova

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Category: Mounting/Drive Removal

Mounty is a very simple indicator applet you can use to mount CD / DVD images. It supports ISO, IMG, BIN, MDF and NRG and besides mounting, it can also burn the images to a CD/DVD.

ppa:tldm217/tahutek.net and install package mounty

Follow the directions on this page: https://launchpad.net/mounty

You can get the .deb package by running

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://download.learnfree.eu/repository/skss / #SKSS"
wget http://download.learnfree.eu/repository/skss/repo.pub.asc -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install mounty

This is the official Mounty repository

The original PPA no longer works for some reason but this did the trick.

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Feed Indicator

Category: RSS Feeds

Panel-based RSS reader

To add this indicator, download & install the deb

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Category: Window Manager Switching


Displex provides similar functionality to "fusion-icon" but provides a lot more features. It can control window decorations, screen rotation through Xrandr, switch between Metacity or Compiz compositing, provide AcerHK support and more.

To add this indicator, download & install the deb

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SimpleStarter is an application starter, based on sshlist. You can launch all programs like putty or rdesktop, not only gnome-terminal, and choose a title for each menu entry.

Download: http://static.bheil.net/geraffel/simplestarter.py

Description at blog post: http://www.bheil.net/blog/2011/07/07/simplestarter-simple-application-starter-appindicator

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CrystalHD indicator

The indicator shows several states of the crystalhd (Broadcom BCM70012 BCM70015) linux driver: Disabled, enabled, working and error.   It also lets you disable and enable the driver.

Screenshot of CrystalHD indicator

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Category: Other

A Python 3 indicator which shows the current Star Trek™ stardate.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thebernmeister/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-stardate
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Stock Quotes Indicator

Category: network, finance

indicator-stocks is a simple stock quotes indicator.

You can click on a menu item to see the stock chart in a browser.

indicator-stocks screenshot

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ce3a/indicator-stocks
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-stocks

source code

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Category: Download

Provides an App-Indicator for you Synology NAS. Add links and torrents, see download progress, auto-add torrents from a folder. Only useful if your platform supports App-Indicators and you own a Synology NAS!

» download from sourceforge

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Unity Launcher Toggle

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An appindicator for toggling the Unity launcher mode (fixed or autohide).

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Privacy Indicator can be used to enable or disable:

  • Dash online search results;
  • Zeitgeist logging (so when you disable
    this, all files you access won't be logged by Zeitgeist and thus,
    will not show up in Dash or any other applications that make use of
  • show real name on the Unity panel.

The indicator also supports clearing the Zeitgeist log and recent files (from the new Nautilus 3.6 sidebar, etc.).

To install it in Ubuntu 12.10 or 13.04:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-privacy

More info: Unity Privacy Indicator: Quickly Enable Or Disable Dash Online Search Results Or Zeitgeist Logging

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Sound Switcher Indicator allows for easy switching of the default sound input ("source" in PulseAudio terms) and output ("sink") with just a couple of clicks:

In order to install it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yktooo/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-sound-switcher

After that simply find and run Sound Switcher Indicator.

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Psensor is a tool to monitor hardware temperature that integrates nicely with Unity by using an Unity Launcher counter which displays the enabled temperatures as well as an appindicator that you can use to take a quick look at all available hardware temperatures or cpu usage.

Psensor can monitor:

  • motherboard and CPU temperatures
  • the temperature of Nvidia GPUs
  • experimental ATI/AMD GPUs temperature monitor (not enabled for the Ubuntu PPA as it requires compilation using libatiadlxx)
  • hard disk drives temperature
  • fan speed
  • CPU usage

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Plug-ins installation:

sudo apt-get install lm-sensors hddtemp

sudo sensors-detect

sudo service module-init-tools start

Psensor installation:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jfi/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install psensor
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Here are some of the indicators I wrote. They are single files based on python for guake and gpaste.

There is also a calendar indicator for Nepali i.e. my native country.

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PPA Download Statistics

Category: Other

A Python 3 indicator which shows the download counts for PPAs.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thebernmeister/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-ppa-download-statistics
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Category: Other

A Python 3 indicator which calls the fortune program and shows the result in the on-screen notification.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thebernmeister/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-fortune
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