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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?

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Please don't change your title to Solved –  MadMike Oct 15 '13 at 9:40

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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)

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do you have any references? –  minerz029 Oct 15 '13 at 9:57
Thanks for this answer, I was going crazy trying to find out how to display the "tray" icon. –  Mondain Feb 25 '14 at 1:32
Weirdly, this worked for me even though step 1 told me that libappindicator1 was already installed. –  TRiG Jun 10 '14 at 10:57
Weirdly, this did not work for me at all. –  rmp251 Jun 10 '14 at 23:59
I've tried executing "dropbox stop && dropbox start" automatically after resume using a script I put in '/etc/pm/sleep.d/'. The log says it is working just fine, but the dropbox indicator is still missing. Thus if I want to see the dropbox icon I have to execute this command manually after resume... –  king_julien Mar 15 at 14:26

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):

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.

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Why would you restart dropbox every minute? That doesn't look like a good solution. (but, sure, it is a quick-and-dirty workaround) –  Denilson Sá Aug 26 '14 at 17:23
This doesn't restart every 60s, running from opt as part of startup it runs only once per boot. –  biggerScala Sep 3 '14 at 14:55

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

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worker but needed a reboot –  Pisu Nov 1 '14 at 10:47

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.

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well, I can start it from the menu, but the icon stil does not show up. I guess that is what I get when using beta versions of 14.10 ... –  oligofren Oct 5 '14 at 21:02

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.

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Answer in the above publication. –  Sardinha 94410 Oct 26 '13 at 13:24

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