After installing a fresh 14.04 install and then installing google-chrome-unstable (Version 36.0.1933.0 dev aura) from the google repository, neither the google chrome icon nor the 'Google Now' notification bell icon appear on the notification bar.

In all my previous installs it would appear as soon as I launched Chrome for the first time after installing. I've naturally tried rebooting, reinstalling and making sure the "Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed" setting enabled.

Edit: After installing Dropbox I noticed its tray icon isn't showing either, so I figured it was a global issue rather than chrome-specific. Eventually found the solution below (see answer).

  • In Chromium, sometimes the notification icon shows up, sometimes it doesn't. I think (at least in my case) it shows up only when a notification has been sent from an app. Apr 14, 2014 at 19:16
  • I'm afraid that's not it. I tried a test notification with pushbullet and the notification does pop up, but still no icon on the tray.
    – Elad Avron
    Apr 14, 2014 at 19:26
  • I've also just installed Dropbox and its system tray icon doesn't show either, so it must be something global rather than chrome-specific.
    – Elad Avron
    Apr 14, 2014 at 19:29
  • Technically, 14.04 is yet to be released, so there is a small chance that a package needs to be updated. Just to check, this is standard Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity, right? Mir is not enabled? Apr 14, 2014 at 19:31
  • I just ran into this issue with on 14.04 (stable) machine---so the problem is not specific only to development versions as the question closure notice implies. It looks like this problem is in the process of being fixed in Chrome: code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=374686
    – ScottKu
    Jun 1, 2014 at 18:58

1 Answer 1


Managed to solve it by installing libappindicator:

sudo apt-get install libappindicator1

Not sure why it was missing in the first place, but now everything's working fine again.

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