I'm using Ubuntu 13.04 Unity and just decided to try out email client "Geary", version 0.4.3. I find it to be quite nice, but the only problem I have right now, is that I have to have it open all the time. It's anoying to have it there in my "Tab-switch-pop-up?".

Is there a way to run it in the background (checking for emails etc.) ?

Thank you.

  • Are you in Unity or Gnome as minimising/background running can be different? Dec 20, 2013 at 15:42
  • Sorry, Unity :) Dec 20, 2013 at 15:43
  • There is some info here where they say in unity it runs minimised in the dash? I am in gnome so I can't try or give any more info unfortunately. Dec 20, 2013 at 15:45

3 Answers 3



sudo apt-get install alltray


alltray geary

You may allso add this command to the list of apps loaded at startup.


This is already a known bug/feature people want.

Geary doesn't have an official daemon, as far as I know, so it wouldn't be able check for new emails and other normal background tasks.

See here: http://redmine.yorba.org/issues/4570 and here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/geary/+bug/1053205

EDIT: Here's the bugzilla tracker link: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=713734

From the yorba page:

A poor-man's solution would be to set Geary to run at login and hide the main window. Geary would notify of incoming mail as normal. When the user "ran" Geary, the window would instantly appear with the most current mail ready to read. When the user closed Geary, it would hide the window again.

Of course, some users don't like applications running in the background, but pragmatically speaking, this is not terribly different than running Geary as a background daemon that the client connects to via DBus. We should have some way for the user to force Geary closed and, of course, for them to configure Geary not to start at login.

could be a temporary fix.

Hope you solve your problem!

  • @Qweick Glad I was able to help you! Dec 20, 2013 at 16:05
  • Heh, I had assumed a modern email client would have a deamon. I suppose Geary is still quite young. Dec 20, 2013 at 16:08
  • Does Thunderbird have a daemon? That's different than running in the background or while hidden.
    – Jim Nelson
    Jan 23, 2014 at 19:26

Edit the startup file of geary (~/.config/autostart) and change to:

TryExec=geary --hidden

Also delete the option NoDisplay=true.

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