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HunterTray is a simple ProductHunt Linux application that lets you view top ProductHunt in your System Tray.

The inspiration for this came from HackerTray.


HunterTray Screenshot in Ubuntu 18.04


HunterTray is distributed as a python package. Do the following to install:

sudo pip install huntertray
sudo easy_install huntertray
#Download Source and cd to it
sudo python install

After that, you can run HunterTray from anywhere and it will run. You can now add it to your OS dependent session autostart method. In Ubuntu, you can access it via:

  1. System > Preferences > Sessions
  2. System > Preferences > Startup Applications

depending on your Ubuntu Version. Or put it in ~/.config/openbox/autostart if you are running OpenBox. On PopOs install this to display AppIndicator


The latest stable version is the one on PyPi

You can check which version you have installed with HunterTray --version.

To upgrade, run pip install -U huntertray. In some cases (Ubuntu), you might need to clear the pip cache before upgrading:

sudo rm -rf /tmp/pip-build-root/huntertray

HunterTray will automatically check the latest version on startup, and inform you if there is an update available.


HunterTray accepts its various options via the command line. Run huntertray -h to see all options. Currently the following switches are supported:

  1. -c: Enables comments support. Clicking on links will also open the comments page on HN. Can be switched off via the UI, but the setting is not remembered.
  2. --chrome PROFILE-PATH: Specifying a profile path to a chrome directory will make HunterTray read the Chrome History file to mark links as read. Links are checked once every 5 minutes, which is when the History file is copied (to override the lock in case Chrome is open), searched using sqlite and deleted. This feature is still experimental.
  3. --firefox PROFILE-PATH: Specify path to a firefox profile directory. HunterTray will read your firefox history from this profile, and use it to mark links as read.

Note that the --chrome and --firefox options are independent, and can be used together. However, they cannot be specified multiple times (so reading from 2 chrome profiles is not possible).

Google Chrome Profile Path

Where your Profile is stored depends on which version of chrome you are using:

  • google-chrome-stable: ~/.config/google-chrome/Default/
  • google-chrome-unstable: ~/.config/google-chrome-unstable/Default/
  • chromium: ~/.config/chromium/Default/

Replace Default with Profile 1, Profile 2 or so on if you use multiple profiles on Chrome. Note that the --chrome option accepts a PROFILE-PATH, not the History file itself. Also note that sometimes ~ might not be set, so you might need to use the complete path (such as /home/nemo/.config/google-chrome/Default/).

Firefox Profile Path

The default firefox profile path is ~/.mozilla/firefox/*.default, where * denotes a random 8 digit string. You can also read ~/.mozilla/firefox/profiles.ini to get a list of profiles.


  1. Minimalist Approach to ProductHunt
  2. Opens links in your default browser
  3. Remembers which links you opened
  4. Shows Points/Comment count in a simple format
  5. Reads your Google Chrome History file to determine which links you've already read (even if you may not have opened them via HunterTray)


If the app indicator fails to show in Ubuntu versions, consider installing python-appindicator with

sudo apt-get install python-appindicator python-gtk2


To develop on HunterTray, or to test out experimental versions, do the following:

  • Clone the project
  • Run (sudo) python develop in the HunterTray root directory
  • Run huntertray with the required command line options from anywhere.


Author Information


Licenced under the MIT Licence.

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