How To Solve: No Dropbox Icon In Ubuntu 14.10 & 14.04

Ubuntu 14.10 has been released this week. Like any other Ubuntu release, you will encounter few hiccups. One of the first things I noticed was Dropbox icon missing in Ubuntu 14.10 & Ubuntu 14.04.

This article was originally written for Ubuntu 13.10 but it is equally applicable to Ubuntu 14.04.

If you are a previous user of Ubuntu and Dropbox, you know that there is usually an applet indicator for Dropbox on the top panel. This indicator gives quick access to start/stop sync, status of sync and usage of your Dropbox storage. Installing Dropbox is one of the must to do things after installing Ubuntu for me. And I was astonished when I found no Dropbox icon in Ubuntu 13.10.

How to get missing Dropbox icon back in Ubuntu 14.10

In this quick tip, I am going to show you how to get the missing Dropbox applet indicator back in Ubuntu 14.10. All you have to do is to install libappindicator. Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following command:

sudo apt-get install libappindicator1

Once libappindicator is installed, restart your computer. You will see the Dropbox icon back in the top panel.

No Dropbox Icon in Ubuntu 13.10

Apparently, its an unconfirmed bug in Ubuntu 13.10 which was seen during pre-release testing. I hope it will be fixed in near future.

I hope this quick post helped you in getting back the missing Dropbox indicator in Ubuntu 14.04. Feel free to hit the comment section for any questions/suggestions. Ciao :)

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  • In my case (14.04) the issue was solved by adding the “indicator applet complete”. alt+right click on the panel and add it.

  • This is how i completely solved after many attempts, i hope it will be usefull also for someone else:

    – uninstalled dropbox from applications manager
    – deleted the dropbox-automatic-boot line into settings/session-start
    – disabled composite manager (by uchecking its box)
    – rebooted
    – re-installed dropbox from the terminal:

    cd ~ && wget -O – “” | tar xzf -^C

    – manually created a new dropbox-automatic-boot line into settings/session-start with this new path:


    – rebooted and eventually re-enabled composite manager

    my PC: HP 655 with Linux Mint 17.1 XFCE 64 bit – Dropbox release 3.2.6