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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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Recent Notifications

Category: Other, System

Wiki article

The Recent Notifications applet displays the recent NotifyOSD notifications and allows you copy the text or a link from a notification. You can also click on a link to open it. There are options to blacklist applications within the applet to hide the associated notifications and set the time limit to show a message.

To install Recent Notifications indicator in Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jconti/recent-notifications
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-notifications recent-notifications

screenshot recent 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)


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.

enter image description here

ppa:atareao/atareao and install package touchpad-indicator

  • does it work on 11.10? I see it is crashing.
    – rpattabi
    Oct 15, 2011 at 19:21
  • @ragu.pattabi Comments are not the place for bug reporting. There is a bug page on the Touchpad Indicator site.
    – Cas
    Oct 15, 2011 at 22:06
  • 1
    In case anyone is put off by the bug discussion here, I can confirm that it works well on Ubuntu 14.04.
    – monotasker
    May 31, 2014 at 0:29


Category: Amusement

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


Category: Screen Capture

Lookit is a screen capture tool that can be used to capture an area or the entire screen. After capturing, you can save it on your desktop or upload to a FTP, SSH server or Imgur.


ppa:lookit/ppa and install package lookit

  • 3
    Alternatively, you can use Shutter (install) which does this through a Quick List. Once it's installed, drag it to the Unity panel on the left, and right click the icon - it should have these same options, plus more for capturing windows. May 5, 2011 at 1:33
  • (Look at this answer.)
    – Jakob
    Feb 22, 2012 at 19:40


Category: System Information

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

enter image description here

Source Code

  • (indicator-sysload:10803): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_variant_new_string: assertion `g_utf8_validate (string, -1, NULL)' failed Segmentation fault (core dumped)
    – type
    Jul 8, 2011 at 12:58
  • looks nice, but not straight forward to install!
    – dmeu
    Oct 18, 2011 at 23:02
  • How to install .c file ??? Mar 24, 2012 at 8:36
  • 2
    and how should we install this?
    – Rakib
    Apr 29, 2012 at 17:18

Workspaces Indicator

Category: Workspace

A little indicator to make it easy to switch workspaces.

enter image description here

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.


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.

enter image description here

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:


  • This does not work on ubuntu 17.10 Feb 13, 2018 at 20:36


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

  • 6
    In Ubuntu 12.04: sudo apt-get install clipit. No need to add ant repository :) Jul 22, 2012 at 22:01

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

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

  • The 'More Info' links work but the content of that website doesn't work in ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04!
    – Ravi
    Jun 8, 2012 at 15:53


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:


Skype indicator


sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype
  • Ah, if only the Skype icon were colorless so as to look good! Jul 16, 2013 at 6:23
  • hehe. Yes you are right. Anyway I don't know how to do it
    – milkovsky
    Jul 16, 2013 at 9:05
  • It is the skype, not a isolated indicator...
    – insign
    Dec 7, 2014 at 2:44

Prime Indicator is a small, helpful Ubuntu AppIndicator for Nvidia Optimus users running Ubuntu 14.04 which allows users to quickly switch between Intel and Nvidia graphics cards.

enter image description here

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

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


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

  • Well Google Reader is off to its silent grave...any other indicator that notifies other feeds - Liferea, for example?
    – charlie
    May 8, 2013 at 12:58
  • code.google.com/p/feedindicator Lightweight indicator, opens news in browser. May 14, 2013 at 10:29


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



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

enter image description here

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

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


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: enter image description here

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.

  • this indicator is a life saver when using a DAC! Feb 4, 2014 at 13:04


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


DesktopNova Indicator

Category: Wallpaper Control

enter image description here

This applet works in tandem with the wallpaper changer DesktopNova.

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

  • This doesn't work for me. Next,previous,preference don't work.
    – Binarylife
    May 10, 2011 at 10:21
  • @binarylife Did you install DesktopNova? You can report a bug
    – Cas
    May 10, 2011 at 11:05
  • Ohh sorry, I didn't notice DesktopNova's link, I've just added the PPA and installed the indicator.Thx for your response.
    – Binarylife
    May 10, 2011 at 11:29


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.

  • if only it supported .DMG files as well it would be perfect.. :) Oct 25, 2012 at 20:37


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


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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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


Feed Indicator

Category: RSS Feeds

Panel-based RSS reader. Feed indicator can show RSS feed updates in the Panel via its indicator.

To add this indicator, download & install the deb

Or using a PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/indicators
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install feedindicator


Indicator Netspeed Unity

Category: System Information

Shows the incoming and outgoing network traffic.

Significantly modified Netspeed Indicator.

enter image description here


  • Four display modes of traffic.
  • Shows how much has been downloaded and uploaded data for the current session.
  • Added "Settings" menu. It is possible to change the prefix (KiB/kB/kb), the icon theme, padding.
  • Three View mode: Normal, Compact, Minimum.
  • For convenience, added option in settings called "Tools" with which you can run terminal utility nethogs, for a more detailed analysis of the traffic source. To close nethogs press CTRL+C, otherwise it will run in the background.
  • Available multi-languages (you can add more or correct).

Source Code on GitHub

Installation in the terminal:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:fixnix/netspeed
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-netspeed-unity

After installation, you can run indicator. The launcher is located in the main menu under «Internet» under the name «Indicator netspeed-unity». Indicator when the installation is prescribed in startup, so after the restart run itself.



Category: Information

A Python 3 indicator which displays lunar, solar, planetary, comet, minor planet, star and satellite information.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thebernmeister/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-lunar
  • Lunar indicator has become even better, because now it can be translated into different languages. It have got English and Russian interface now.
    – whtyger
    Mar 26, 2015 at 9:19


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


Unity Launcher Toggle

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

  • How can I get this Unity Launcher Taggle indicator to show up? What do I need to install or run? Thanks. The link to the project page is dead.
    – user29020
    Jan 3, 2015 at 23:26

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