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Dropbox fix for Linux Mint 18.x Xfce

I came across this Dropbox bug in Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya Xfce where it simply refuses to show up the correct icon in my system tray or to give me any menu options. Even though Dropbox actually runs and syncs it is extremely annoying not to be able to access its Preferences options – only accessible by clicking its icon in the system tray. Long story short, I got it worked out and I wanna share my fix because I’m sure it will be helpful to some readers out there.

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As of Dropbox v31.4.25 (latest stable) this is what Linux Mint 18.x Xfce users will get when launching Dropbox. There! A big pile of nothing! The icon shown below may be different depending on the icon theme set on the system but it won’t be Dropbox’s for sure… and no contextual menu options; that’s how you know it’s broken! 😛

broken-dropbox-systray-icon

I went ahead and added this fix to my UnlockMe app to keep it handy but I figured not everyone wants to install UnlockMe just to get a simple fix applied. Note that it will only show when running UnlockMe on Xfce since this fix doesn’t apply to Cinnamon or MATE. For Cinnamon and MATE fixes, please see the UnlockMe App.

unlockme-dropbox-fix

Buy Ralpy a coffee :)So, if you just want to get Dropbox systray icon and menu fixed, follow the steps below to download a simple script, make it executable and launch it.

From Terminal:

~$ cd $HOME/Desktop && wget https://unlockforus.com/repository/downloads/scripts/dropbox_systray_fix.sh
~$ chmod +x dropbox_systray_fix.sh
~$ ./dropbox_systray_fix.sh

dropbox-systray-icon-menu-fixed

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5 thoughts on “Dropbox fix for Linux Mint 18.x Xfce

      • This workerked for me on Linux Mint Xfce installed on an old 64-bit ASUS Eee Box EB1501P. Thanks a lot.

        My friend has just installed 32-bit Lubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Daily Build on a very old laptop and I tried your fix on that but I didn’t work. I guess it’s only meant for Mint Xfce. So i opened the file ‘dropbox_systray_fix.sh’ to see if I could edit this file but with my limited knowledge I don’t know where to start.

        Just wondered if you could recommend another fix for this problem on Lubuntu. Thanks a lot for your excellent fixes, they are great source of knowledge.

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