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statusnotifier: GObject Status Notifier Item

Starting with Plasma Next, KDE doesn't support the XEmbed systray in favor of their own Status Notifier Specification.

This little library allows to easily create a GObject to manage a StatusNotifierItem, handling all the DBus interface and letting you simply deal with the object's properties and signals.

You can simply create a new StatusNotifier using one of the helper function, e.g. status_notifier_item_new_from_icon_name(), or simply creating an object as usual - you then just need to make sure to specify property id :

sn = (StatusNotifier *) g_object_new (STATUS_NOTIFIER_TYPE_ITEM,
     "id",                       "app-id",
     "status",                   STATUS_NOTIFIER_STATUS_NEEDS_ATTENTION,
     "main-icon-name",           "app-icon",
     "attention-icon-pixbuf",    pixbuf,
     "tooltip-title",            "My tooltip",
     "tooltip-body",             "This is an item about <b>app</b>",

You can also set properties (other than id) after creation. Once ready, call status_notifier_item_register() to register the item on the session bus and to the StatusNotifierWatcher.

If an error occurs, signal registration-failed will be emitted. On success, property state will be STATUS_NOTIFIER_STATE_REGISTERED.

Once registered, you can change properties as needed, and the proper DBus signal will be emitted to let visualizations (hosts) know, and connect to the signals (such as context-menu) which will be emitted when the corresponding DBus method was called.

Simple as that.

Free Software

statusnotifier - Copyright (C) 2014-2017 Olivier Brunel

statusnotifier is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

statusnotifier is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with statusnotifier (COPYING). If not, see

Want to know more?

Some useful links if you're looking for more info:

Plus, statusnotifier comes with html documentation.


Library to use KDE's StatusNotifierItem via GObject




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