November 3, 2014

Missing Dropbox Indicator Icon

After installing the latest Dropbox , it's indicator icon was missing in wingpanel.

You can check if the dropbox daemon is running by ( in Terminal ) :
ps -ef | grep dropbox
eric      2761     1  0 16:29 ?        00:00:09 /home/eric/.dropbox-dist/dropbox-lnx.x86_64-2.10.41/dropbox
eric     30797 30634  0 19:26 pts/0    00:00:00 grep --color=auto dropbox

There is however a simple solution :
Open Terminal and type the following :
nano .xsessionrc

and add the following line :


Use Ctrl+O to File Name to Write, just hit Enter and then Ctrl+X to Exit.

And then in the same Terminal :
source .xsessionrc
dropbox stop && dropbox start -i &

( Or logout and login again...).

Another way is by adding the same line to the file ~/.bashrc or the file  /etc/profile ( as administrator ). After that follow same procedure as above.

Instructions to change the blue dropbox indicator icon to a nicer one can be found on this page.


  1. Thanks for the hint about DROPBOX_USE_LIBAPPINDICATOR. It works like a charm!

    I incorporated the commands in a script to make it easily applicable for others.
    This script is bundled to elementary+, an icon set for collecting several third party additions that fit elementary's look and feel.

    Moreover I adapted Numix's dropbox indicator icons to match elementary OS.

    So by installing elementary+ one can quickly make the dropbox indicator visible and exchange it with a nice monochromatic icon.

    The theme can be found here:

  2. Thank you! Works great.

  3. This solution works for me, thank you!

  4. Replies
    1. ... using DROPBOX_USE_LIBAPPINDICATOR=1 doesn't work anymore here, the icon is still missing.

      What is working is using the env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity way which is mentioned here