The title says it all. I want to be notified in the tray.


Install xfce4-mailwatch-plugin. Then, right click on the panel, and choose Panel --> Add New Items

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Click on Mail Watcher, and then on Add, and Close

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Once done you'll see the icon on the panel.

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Once done, right click on the icon, and choose properties, to be able to setup emails.

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  • There is no mail watcher in my list of installable items. Maybe I forgot to install a certain package?
    – ubuplex
    Jan 13 '14 at 18:18
  • Which Xubuntu release are you using?
    – Mitch
    Jan 13 '14 at 18:19
  • The latest 13.10.
    – ubuplex
    Jan 13 '14 at 18:21
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    Same here. Try running sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
    – Mitch
    Jan 13 '14 at 18:24
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    Which Xfce version do you have? See if you have the plugin installed.
    – Mitch
    Jan 13 '14 at 18:34

If you are using Thunderbird, then there is the Firetray extension.

When there's no unread email, it show the faded envelope icon (that can be configured otherwise). When there are unread emails, it shows their count.

  • I use 'minimize to try revived' & 'minimize on start and close' for thunderbird Jan 15 '14 at 22:05

Expanding on the answers given here, first get xfce4-mailwatch-plugin then configure the options to get notifications as well.

For notifications, put the following in the Run on new messages field:

notify-send -i /usr/share/icons/Adwaita/scalable/actions/mail-mark-important-symbolic.svg "New Mail"

Infact for a more seamless interaction, run the mail client when you click on the icon, by putting the following in Run on click:


You can use whichever email client you want of course.


you can add to panel the xfce4-mailwatch and configure the mailboxes. email-notification: (check if libnotify-bin is installed) properties>external programs>run on new messages: notify-send -i xfce-newmail "New email" "You have new email"


If you want popups containing sender and subject, I suggest you do

sudo apt-get install mail-notification

mail-notification in xfce4 panel

Second item from the left. ("3 new mails")

It might look buggy at first, but it's not really: If there is no icon in the panel, it is most probably running anyway but only pops up on a newly received mail.

You can choose between desktop default popup and a messagebox. Plays a sound on incoming mail.

mail-notification popup


I had to install the package xfce-mailwatch-plugin.

  • You should have accepted Mich's answer instead. Yours adds nothing to the question.
    – phil294
    Oct 30 '18 at 13:57

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