Icon not working in Xubuntu, UbuntuStudio 17.04

dropbox not working

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  • Hi Kevin Bowen and terdon, I delete my blog link that I set at the end of my answer (sorry my english, I am spanish parlant). The reason for I put that link is because I need to mantain a copy of my entry for my, and if someone find that entry in my blog I want not think that I copy and paste here. – Indacochea Wachín Sep 14 '17 at 20:04
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Do a standard dropbox install. Edit your panel preferences, find and remove the Unity indicator item. Withthis item not present, Dropbox won't try to use it.

log out and log in. The icon will work.

However, this means you lose the Unity indicator panel. I personally don't miss it.

If you want this, you can add it back. log out and log in, and the broken Dropbox icon will be back.

Next, verify if this solution works for you

from a terminal:

dropbox stop # the icon disappears

dbus-launch dropbox start -i #for me, this gives a working dropbox icon despite the indicator panel

if that works, you need to disable the Dropbox-installed start up item and add your own (system preferences -> Session and Startup) to start it with the dbus-launch method.

I verified this in a new Xubuntu 17.10 install.



  • This are the easy way

  • With this method you don't lose panel indicators

  • This method working for Ubuntu 17.04 flavors


01 dropbox solve icon Ubuntu 17.04

First you need to install Gedit if you do not have it installed:

sudo apt-get install gedit

Create an script, in the terminal:

gedit scriptdropbox

copy next code inside:

#! /bin/bash
dbus-launch ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd &

Save it. Now set executable:

chmod 755 scriptdropbox


02 dropbox solve icon Ubuntu 17.04

Now make a backup of dropbox.desktop:

sudo cp /usr/share/applications/dropbox.desktop /usr/share/applications/dropbox.desktop.back

and edit in the terminal:

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/dropbox.desktop

Change this:

Exec=dropbox start -i

for this:


Save it.


03 dropbox solve icon Ubuntu 17.04

Next put in the terminal:

gedit ~/.config/autostart/dropbox.desktop

Change this:

Exec=dropbox start -i

for this:


Save it.



working dropbox

This tutorial is a fork from: linux - Dropbox system tray icon missing, not working - Super User https://superuser.com/questions/1037769/dropbox-system-tray-icon-missing-not-working

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