I've been using Gnome Shell on Ubuntu and I've been fairly satisfied. One thing that I really wish was different though is the battery icon. I can't tell by glancing at it what my battery status is at all!

Is there are way to add the battery charge percent or the estimated battery time to the icon?

  • when I answered it said GNOME3, not GNOME Shell. – RolandiXor Oct 15 '11 at 22:37
  • I figured as much. I'm sorry if I sounded rude! Thanks for taking the time to read the question. This has been annoying me and I don't know why there isn't an easy way to do this. It's like the gnome devs don't care about knowing how much battery they have left at a glance. – Dason Oct 15 '11 at 22:44

Take a look at these three extensions, which may be what you are looking for!


Left click on the icon and click on the indicator and click Show Time in Menu Bar, if you are using Unity. If you are using GNOME Shell, then I don't think you can do anything about that (without an extension).

You can install screenlets Install screenlets, which has a screenlet that can show you some more battery info on your desktop. You will probably need to install the battery monitor screenlet as well.

  • It's fairly easy to do in Unity as you mention but I haven't found any way to do it easily in gnome shell. I'm open to using an extension but I haven't found any. Do you have a recommendation? – Dason Oct 15 '11 at 22:08
  • @Dason: honestly I don't know of any extensions, I think you would have to write one. – RolandiXor Oct 15 '11 at 23:10
  • Thanks for you help. I was hoping there would be an easy way to do this. For the moment I've changed my icon theme because the Ubuntu-mono-dark icon theme (while being relatively nice looking) made the battery icon far too small which made it unusable to tell anything about my battery status. The gnome theme seems to help a little bit and I can tell a little bit more about my battery but I'm still hoping for something that will tell me a percent or a time to discharge. – Dason Oct 15 '11 at 23:19
  • I've accepted your answer for the time being due to the addition of screenlets. I don't want to go that route (screenlets has always caused me trouble) but it would partially solve the issue. I really do want a better way to view my battery status that is always visible though. – Dason Oct 15 '11 at 23:27

run in a terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface show-battery-percentage true
  • Was that available in 11.10? – Dason Jan 21 '17 at 17:13

You also can install acpid :

sudo apt-get install acpid

and run in a terminal :

acpi -V 

OR the short version :

acpi -i

This will show you usefull informations : acpid package informations using -V option


For detailed info look no more.

upower -i /org/freedesktop/UPower/devices/battery_BAT0
  • My question was specific to 11.10 so I have no way to test this answer anymore. But really it was about getting the information in the icon or the status bar directly so although I appreciate the answer it doesn't seem to get at the original question. – Dason Apr 9 '17 at 21:30
  • See, people search this answer on Google without a specific version in mind, so it would be best if you could remove a version information from the question, and accept this answer because it truly answers the question in a recent version of Gnome. – sanmai Apr 10 '17 at 0:54
  • Moreover, Ubuntu 11.10 reached EOL in 2013. That's almost four years ago. Very unluckily anyone visiting this page still use 11.10. – sanmai Apr 10 '17 at 0:56
  • @dason: There! everyone happy: your original Q edited and upvoted: +1 for you, and +1 for above answer... Good enough? ;-) – Fabby Apr 10 '17 at 8:19
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    @Dason there's little point in repeating the same question for newer versions. On the other hand, there's absolutely no reason for you to change your accept vote give than what you accepted had worked for the version you had asked about. If someone wants to add an answer for a newer version, that's great too and the information will be here. – terdon Apr 11 '17 at 12:32

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