the Dropbox indicator doesn't work anymore in Ubuntu 15.10. Tried installing appindicator1 and restarting dropbox, but still no indicator appears. How to get it working?


This one

Worked in Ubuntu 16.04 lts Flashback Compiz

  1. Kill dropbox, and restart it so it shows

    dropbox stop && env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity dropbox start

    If it works

  2. Go to the settings in dropbox after it starts up and select to not start at startup.

  3. Go to Applications > Preferences > Startup Applications and click on add and


Name: Dropbox

Command: env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity dropbox start

Comment: Sync your files across computers and to the web

and save


Something which worked for me was

  1. apt-get install nautilus-dropbox
  2. check that it worked with Unity but not with the environment I'm using (gnome-fallback, it used to work with it before at least with 14.04),
  3. check that it worked under gnome-fallback with

    dropbox stop && XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity dropbox start

    (gnome-fallback used to have XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity, in 15.10 it has a prefix before Unity).

  4. Create a file ~/scripts/startDropbox (and ensure it is executable with chmod 755 ~/scripts/startDropbox)

    #! /bin/sh    
    set +e
    if expr "$XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP" : '.*Unity' > /dev/null ; then
        export XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity
    # yes, ! is counter intuitive here
    if ! dropbox running ; then
        dropbox stop
    dropbox start -i
  5. Create a ~/.config/autostart/my-dropbox.desktop (dropbox will overwrite your changes if you try to modify ~/.config/autostart/dropbox.desktop)

    [Desktop Entry]
    GenericName=File Synchronizer
    Comment=Sync your files across computers and to the web
  • I'm terribly sorry, but as Ubuntu 15.10 had few another problems, I've installed back version 14.04 Therefore I am not able to try this solution now. – Aslanex Nov 12 '15 at 22:19


sudo apt-get install libappindicator1

Log out, and then log back in and use:

dropbox stop && dropbox start
  • Yes, that's exactly what I have tried, but it doesn't help. – Aslanex Oct 28 '15 at 11:00

For what's it worth I solved this problem by running 'dropbox stop' then 'dropbox start'in my list of startup programs in Ubuntu 15.10. I took care, even though it might be unnecessary, to use the STOP option first. The indicator then shows correctly and syncing works.

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