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The Pidgin icon won't appear in the notification area. I have already checked if the "Show system tray icon option" is set to "Always" in the Pidgin Preferences. I didn't find an equivalent solution as those in the case of Unity.

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You have to whitelist the applications if you want to allow them to access the system tray.

Firstly install dconf-tools from the software center ( or by clicking here) Then Press Alt+F2 and enter dconf-editor and run it.

dconf-editor alt-f2 dialog

Now navigate to Desktop -> Unity -> Panel.

configuration editor (dconf-editor) desktop.unity.panel

Now change the value of systray-whitelist to

['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Mumble', 'Wine', 'Skype', 'hp-systray', 'scp-dbus-service', 'Pidgin']

enter image description here

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Also to take effect you need to restart Unity: unity --replace – user17609 Jul 4 '11 at 18:03
Didn't work with 'pidgin', but worked with 'Pidgin' instead. – user22117 Jul 23 '11 at 17:10
doesn't work for me for some reason. i tried Pidgin and pidgin and nothing happened. any suggestions? – user22878 Aug 6 '11 at 18:55
It works with the messaging menu. – Binarylife Aug 6 '11 at 18:58
At the beginning it looked like the icon didn't show up, but then I spotted it in a strange place - atop of the 'Desktop' sign in the top left corner of the first of my two monitors. Launching skype moved the icon to the second monitor. A little odd but somehow works... – Rajish Oct 17 '11 at 10:42

Pidgin won't show up in the systray, just in the messaging menu: enter image description here

Now for any other application to show up in the systray run the following code in the terminal: gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['all']"

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I use Unity 2D instead of Unity (I've specified this in the title of my question but apparently it was too long to be seen). Can you help with a solution for this case? – Cristina May 10 '11 at 10:31
Well , I tried unity 2d with pidgin , and it seems like pidgin doesn't support systray in Ubuntu 11.04 , it shows on the messaging menu.Click on the messaging menu and you will see pidgin. – Binarylife May 10 '11 at 11:09

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