So the idea is to have it in the top right of the screen at all times. Thanks.

  • It's not impossible to implement it, if that's what you mean. Jan 13, 2017 at 14:28
  • Have you had a look at conky? Its a system monitoring tool that can display, amongst other things, the output of scripts. You could run a small script to scrape your IP from "whatsmyip.org" and display it at the top right of the screen. You can choose your font, colours, display an icon etc.
    – hatterman
    Jan 13, 2017 at 14:35
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    To the close voters: huh? how is this too broad? Jan 13, 2017 at 15:31
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    @JacobVlijm I agree. This is a simple to the point question. I don't see this as too broad at all. Might be multiple ways of doing it, but correct, not too broad at all. =)
    – Terrance
    Jan 13, 2017 at 15:32
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    I just added an answer that doesn't use conky. I only tested it on 14.04 though.
    – Terrance
    Jan 13, 2017 at 15:53

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Taken from this GitHub project here is a decent indicator that might help:


PPA and install

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:bovender/bovender sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install indicator-ip

This will install the program and configure automatic start at login. To run it right away, press ALT+F2 to open the Unity command prompt and enter indicator-ip.

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    Ok so this does EXACTLY what I wanted it to do - thank you!
    – Force Hero
    Jan 13, 2017 at 15:55
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    Cool, this saves me from writing one :) (although we can dress it up a little haha) Jan 13, 2017 at 16:10

Try installing conky. It's an extremely configurable app that can be integrated into a desktop to show lots of information. There may be an extension out there for a section to pave onto a tool bar. http://conky.sourceforge.net/documentation.html

  • A link to more information about conky would be helpful.
    – Wildcard
    Jan 14, 2017 at 3:51

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