By default GNOME (and hence Ubuntu 17.10 and later releases) doesn't show battery percentage in the notification area of the Panel. There are GNOME extensions (for example Battery Percentage) which do the job.

Is there a way to attain the goal without using any extension?


Open dconf Editor and navigate to /org/gnome/desktop/interface/show-battery-percentage. Then disable "Use default value" and select True in the "Custom value" field.

Alternatively just open Terminal and run

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface show-battery-percentage true

Same settings can be found in (GNOME) Tweaks under Top Bar:

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  • Is this persistent? – 88weighed Oct 9 '17 at 10:34
  • @88weighed Yes... at least for me, Ubuntu GNOME 17.04. – pomsky Oct 9 '17 at 10:35
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    dconf Editor didn't work for me on Ubuntu 17.10, but using gsettings solved the problem, thanks! – user502144 Nov 6 '17 at 21:28
  • How to show time left also? – JorgeeFG Jul 29 '18 at 21:09
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    I think I had to reboot or just was too sleepy to find the percentage on the systray panel, thx! – Aquarius Power Jan 21 at 23:38

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