I have a Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64 bit desktop with gnome-session-flashback (metacity) desktop environment. gnome-panel tray icons have normal size of 24x24. I recently installed steam from Ubuntu repository via apt-get.

$ sudo apt-get install steam

After installation I launched steam, it downloaded updates and then I signed in. After that I noticed huge (probably 48x48) steam tray icon in gnome-panel.

steam 48x48 tray icon in 24x24 panel

I had a simmilar problem with wallch which I solved by resizing the app icons in /usr/share/wallch/files/indicator_THEME_normal.png but unfortunately for steam there is no /usr/share/steam folder. However I searched /usr/share/pixmaps and there found two related icons.

$ cd /usr/share/pixmaps
$ ll steam*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 37 Sep 13 19:39 steam.png -> ../icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/steam.png
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 47 Sep 13 19:39 steam_tray_mono.png -> ../icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/steam_tray_mono.png

Due to lack of colour in above output I'm also providing a screenshot below. original steam icons in pixmaps As I wanted 24x24 icons instead of 48x48, so I tried to replace those two icons with their 24x24 versions.

$ cd /usr/share/pixmaps
$ sudo rm steam*
$ sudo ln -s ../icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/steam.png
$ sudo ln -s ../icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/steam_tray_mono.png
$ ll steam*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 37 Sep 14 11:37 steam.png -> ../icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/steam.png
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 47 Sep 14 11:37 steam_tray_mono.png -> ../icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/steam_tray_mono.png

Again due to lack of colour in above output I am providing a screenshot. enter image description here

As can be seen from the two screenshots, steam_tray_mono.png is now red instead of cyan. After that I again started steam with same 48x48 icons in tray.

So these are the things I tried to solve the problem but problem did not solve. If anyone can help me to solve this issue I will be grateful.

Thank you.


After following Anwar's suggestion in his answer, I have fixed the broken symlink with steam_tray_mono.png in /usr/share/pixmaps/. I just copied /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/steam_tray_mono.png into my home folder, then scaled it to 24x24 using GIMP and finally moved the scaled image to /usr/share/icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/. I deleted older symlinks and created new ones.

$ cd /usr/share/pixmaps
$ sudo rm steam*
$ sudo ln -s ../icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/steam.png
$ sudo ln -s ../icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/steam_tray_mono.png
$ ll steam*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 37 Sep 14 12:14 steam.png -> ../icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/steam.png
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 47 Sep 14 12:13 steam_tray_mono.png -> ../icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/steam_tray_mono.png

And here is the coloured screenshot. Fixed steam_tray_mono.png

However, steam tray icon is still 48x48 pixels. So I think steam is not using steam_tray_mono.png.


From your screenshot's ls -al's color output, The icon with 24x24 size worked with symlinking because there is a steam.png icon in /usr/share/icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/.

But the last steam_tray_mono.png didn't work. The symlink is broken (from the colored output). Because there is no /usr/share/icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/steam_tray_mono.png icon.

I suggest you to resize the icon from /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/steam_tray_mono.png with GIMP (or any other image editor) and put it in /usr/share/icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/ folder. The symlink should work then.

Hope that will work.

  • Thank you for clarifying the issue with broken symlink. I have followed your instructions and successfully created a 24x24 steam_tray_mono.png in /usr/share/icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/. I have also symlinked steam.png and steam_tray_mono.png from /usr/share/icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/ to/usr/share/pixmaps/. But unfortunately even now when I start steam, I get the 48x48 icon as before. – nlern Sep 14 '16 at 6:50
  • @nlern Which icon there were you using? – Anwar Sep 14 '16 at 7:10
  • I copied /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/steam_tray_mono.png to my home directory, scaled it to 24x24 using GIMP and then moved it to /usr/share/icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/, as you suggested. I deleted old steam symlinks from /usr/share/pixmaps/ and created ones from /usr/share/icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/. – nlern Sep 14 '16 at 7:13
  • I mean which icon theme you were using? Did you change it using any tweak tool? – Anwar Sep 14 '16 at 7:16
  • I am using default icon theme ubuntu-mono-dark. I have never changed it on my current Ubuntu installation. – nlern Sep 14 '16 at 7:19

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