I'm currently running Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit and wanted to change my Dropbox indicator-applet icon to make it look more uniform with the other icons. I found this suggestion of a PPA and package to try and followed these instructions: How can I change Dropbox's indicator applet icon?

This worked fine, however, after deciding that I didn't like those icons I uninstalled them via a sudo apt-get autoremove monochrome-icons-extra then did a ppa-purge on that PPA. I then stopped and started Dropbox and at that point was missing an icon all together. I can click in the empty space where the Dropbox icon should be and get the drop-down menu, so I know Dropbox is running. I also confirmed this buy running dropbox status and it returned idle. I tried rebooting but that didn't make a difference, the icon still wont show up.

Next I tried reinstalling Dropbox via sudo apt-get --reinstall install nautilus-dropbox, that had no effect. I then tried to completely remove everything and reinstall. To accomplish this I did the following:

sudo apt-get --purge autoremove nautilus-dropbox
rm ~/.dropbox ~/.dropbox-dist ~/.dropbox-dist-new
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dropbox*

I then went to dropbox.com and downloaded the latest .deb and installed it that way and the icon was still missing, ARGH!

Through a little research, I discovered that the PPA installed the icons to to /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/22/dropboxstatus-*.svg and that's how it changed the icons. The images aren't there any more (having uninstalled the PPA), but when I checked on my laptop where Dropbox is working fine, there aren't any other icons in that location, either.

What is going on and how do I fix this?


3 Answers 3


Going by the info found in this dropbox update and the subsequent OMG! Ubuntu! article regarding that update, it would seem the files you need are (should be) in


Also be sure that your per-user setting doesn't ruin things. Check (I think it should be that one anyway) :



  • I don't have dropbox installed or anything, so this is mostly assumptions combined.
  • Depending on your theme, I guess it is possible that the values from hicolor get overwritten.
  • That update link at the beginning also contains a tar that holds the icons incase you need them.
  • I was finally able to get my icon showing by putting the icons in ~/.icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/22/dropboxstatus-*.png. Thanks for the help.
    – PHLAK
    Jan 28, 2011 at 16:10

From what I can gather the icons are in /usr/share/icons/[theme]/[resolution]/apps/dropbox.png.

You can confirm that you have them in that location by running find /usr/share/icons/ -name 'dropbox.png'.

If they are missing on your machine and present on your laptop, then you can just copy them over and that could just fix it.

* update *
The status icons are in /usr/share/icons/[theme]/status/[resolution]/

The names of the default status icons are

  1. dropboxstatus-busy.png
  2. dropboxstatus-blank.png
  3. dropboxstatus-busy2.png
  4. dropboxstatus-logo.png
  5. dropboxstatus-idle.png
  6. dropboxstatus-x.png

I hope that helps you narrow down the search.

  • This is the application icon, not the indicator-applet icons that show when dropbox is syncing/idle/etc. This icon is present and I still don't have an an indicator-applet icon.
    – PHLAK
    Jan 27, 2011 at 22:47
  • I was finally able to get my icon showing by putting the icons in ~/.icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/22/dropboxstatus-*.png. Thanks for the help.
    – PHLAK
    Jan 28, 2011 at 16:12

i used the dbus-launch method to get the dropbox icon back (see here: Dropbox icon in tray is missing) . However i appended --exit-with-session to the dbus-launch command. This way i achieved that the dropbox icon is still visible after logount and login. Without that option i got it only when i completely rebooted the system. Here is the complete command: dbus-launch --exit-with-session dropbox start -i

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