The top panel in Ubuntu studio vanished from my system. I have tried several suggested methods to restore it, but none have worked.

Today, I reinstalled the OS, but the panel is still gone. When I try to restore it with:

xfce4-panel -r

or open panel settings, I get an error message saying they failed and:

The name org.xfce.Panel was not provided by any .service files

I was getting that error both before and after reinstalling Ubuntu Studio.

Does anyone know how to solve this?

4 Answers 4


try running xfce4-panel once on the terminal. Works for me. I don't even know why that happened to me at one time. Probably needs to be launched again because it suddenly crashed, and it didn't have a way on restarting the program.

  • I did try that, to no avail. I ended up doing a clean install which solved the issue. I later upgraded to 20.04 LTS, and just last week did a clean install of 20.10. (BTW, due to Ubuntu Studio's switch from xfce to kde, there's no online upgrade option for 20.10)
    – Al Preston
    Commented Oct 30, 2020 at 18:52
  • Worked for me today, running xfce4-panel& from terminal. Commented Feb 24, 2021 at 15:18

Simple workaround which may help if xfce4-panel -r crashed

  1. on the first terminal run xfce4-panel which should launch panel
  2. on the second terminal run xfce4-panel -r which should restart panel
  3. close both terminals
  • great lifehack, thanks!
    – Dmitriusan
    Commented Oct 31, 2022 at 9:30

Don't run the command as the root user. Running it as a normal user will fix the issue.


For me, closing all applications in the current session and upgrading to xfce4-panel 4.18.4 solved the problem. However, I'm not entirely certain whether the upgrade was necessary.

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