After installing Ubuntu 15.04 and skype ( I cannot get Skype indicator to appear in tray

I've tried doing this: http://www.ubuntugeek.com/fix-for-skypepidgin-icon-missing-from-ubuntu-15-04kubuntu-15-04.html

But the icon just doesn't appear after installing those (even after rebooting the system).

I've also tried installing dconf-editor to whitelist all the icons in Unity just like shown here: How do I access and enable more icons to be in the system tray? But I don't have such option as "panel" under the "Unity" dropdown!

How can I make the indicator show up in the tray bar? I had it working in Ubuntu 14.04

  • Is Skype autostarted? Jul 6, 2015 at 8:52
  • Are you asking if it's autostarted when booting the system? No, I choose it from Dashboard Jul 6, 2015 at 9:47
  • I have the same problem
    – elichai2
    Dec 25, 2015 at 8:52

5 Answers 5


Here http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2276023 posted the solution worked for me finally on 15.04.

sudo apt-get install sni-qt:i386

Then need to restart Skype.

  • Does not work for me, using Ubuntu 14.04 32 bits.
    – Hibou57
    Nov 23, 2015 at 19:08
  • Doesn't work for me either
    – elichai2
    Dec 25, 2015 at 8:52
  • This used to work for me on 14.04, but it stopped working when I upgraded. Tbh, I'm surprised Skype even functions properly, considering it's programmed for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I just migrated to Google Hangouts and TeamSpeak. Jan 4, 2016 at 0:56
  • Tested many things and options and finally this one worked for me (fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS)! Yay!
    – madcorp
    Jan 5, 2016 at 21:59
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    It works also on 16.04.
    – Andrea
    May 7, 2016 at 20:01

Running the following command solved my problem:

sudo apt-get install libappindicator1
  • 1
    Doesn't work for me: I have libappindicator1 installed. Skype running. No Skype icon in system tray. Aug 1, 2015 at 19:32
  • Doesn't work for me either
    – elichai2
    Dec 25, 2015 at 8:52

this happens to me, only when skype is in autostart (i use lubuntu 12.04)

sudo nano /etc/xdg/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart i added skype:

@skype %u

this works for some months, and when skype history become big, it stop working (skype is loaded, but without tray icon) first time i fixed it with deleting /home/$user/.skype but after history was growing same happens. i run skype again and give him exit, and on second run skype have tray icon. i deside to make delay for skype:

sudo nano /etc/xdg/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart

(this is path for Lubuntu, for Ubuntu it's different)


and create in /home/myuser/ batch file .skype.sh (i want the file to be hidden):

sleep 10 && skype %u &

i saved file and make executable:

chmod +x .skype.sh

then reboot...

sorry for my poor english


Install dconf tools:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Open from the terminal:


Go to: com -> canonical -> indicator -> messages

In "messages", go to the label "applications" and in values, enter 'skype', including the single quotes, like so:


Then restart the computer and open Skype.


After downloading and installing on 14.04 I had the same problem. I tried all the suggestions, but none worked.

Finally I removed the deb installation and used Software Center to install it ( And the indicator works perfectly.

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