I'm on Xubuntu 13.10 64 bit. I've recently had this issue. As a result the sliding bar that is used to control the volume is gone. I can live without it, I can control the volume from my keyboard but I'd like to know if I can install an alternative to the default sliding bar.

I have Xfce4 version 4.10. My volume indicator looks like this, I don't know what it's called, but it's the default one

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    Looks like the old accept is no longer valid... this is the reason accepts should float after a certain point in time...
    – Aaron Hall
    Nov 7, 2018 at 15:50
  • @AaronHall What should I accept now? I'm no longer on Xubuntu. Besides this question is for Xubuntu 13.10, which reached its end of life, Newer versions might have a different answer
    – Lynob
    Nov 7, 2018 at 16:02
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    I would remove the 13.10 tag, unaccept the current accept, and let the answers float. That would probably help the most people going forward...
    – Aaron Hall
    Nov 7, 2018 at 16:11

3 Answers 3


On Xubuntu 16.04 the xfce4-mixer plugin is no longer available.


sudo apt install xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin

(which is not in the goodies package)


It looks like you're not using the default Xfce volume slider (perhaps in Xubuntu it is default, but not in Xfce). I suspect that you're using the indicator plugin, which I don't like nor use. I would suggest that you try adding Audio Mixer plugin to the panel.

To have it available you need to:

sudo apt-get install xfce4-mixer

I used to replace GTK3 indicator (buggy) with the GTK2 one :

  • Open with superuser rights the file /usr/share/dbus-1/services/indicator-sound.service (Mousepad is the default file-editor in Xubuntu, replace it with Gedit or Leafpad if necessary) :

    gksu mousepad /usr/share/dbus-1/services/indicator-sound.service
  • Comment the existing line (comment = add a # at the beginning of the line) and add this line under (This will load GTK2 indicator if XFCE is running, and GTK3 one for Gnome/Unity/Others) :

    Exec=/bin/sh -c 'if [ -n "$(ps -U $USER | grep xfce4-panel)" ]; then /usr/lib/indicator-sound-gtk2/indicator-sound-service;else /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/indicator-sound/indicator-sound-service;fi'
  • Your file should look like this in the end :

    [D-BUS Service]
    Exec=/bin/sh -c 'if [ -n "$(ps -U $USER | grep xfce4-panel)" ]; then /usr/lib/indicator-sound-gtk2/indicator-sound-service;else /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/indicator-sound/indicator-sound-service;fi'

You can also try new indicators by installing xfce4-goodies :

sudo apt-get install xfce4-goodies

Another indicator is, as suggested by landroni, xfce4-mixer :

sudo apt-get install xfce4-mixer
  • there's no file called indicator-sound.service on my entire computer, cause i ran whereis indicator-sound.service and didn't return anything, certainly not in /usr/share/dbus-1/services/indicator-sound.service and sudo apt-get install xfce-goodies unable to find package
    – Lynob
    Feb 15, 2014 at 22:51
  • My bad, it is xfce4-goodies. And for the indicator-sound.service, you SHOULD have it if you're running Xubuntu 13.10. Maybe you have an Ubuntu + XFCE instead ?
    – MrVaykadji
    Feb 15, 2014 at 22:54
  • maybe because I disabled the service as indicated in the link above? or not?
    – Lynob
    Feb 15, 2014 at 22:56
  • the service you disabled is speech-dispatcher, it has nothing (of my knowledge) to do with sound-indicator.
    – MrVaykadji
    Feb 15, 2014 at 22:58
  • I don't know, i just cant find that file, and about the goodies, I see tons of cool stuff but i see no sound indicator
    – Lynob
    Feb 15, 2014 at 23:04

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