How to add Indicator Applets to the Top bar on Fedora

Having an indicator applet on the top bar of your Fedora desktop is handy when you want to quickly access certain running apps, including Google music, Shutter, Skype, Dropbox, and more. After installing Fedora 32 workstation for a weekend spin, I immediately ran into missing icons on the top bar for the applications that I have installed and running in the background. Most importantly, the Shutter applet.

Top bar app indicators
Top bar app indicators

The missing top bar icons are not typically a problem in other GNOME-based distros such as Ubuntu, and Pop!_OS because their custom shell over the GNOME makes this happen and so you should start seeing the indicator applets without doing anything.

Fedora uses GNOME mostly in its purest form. GNOME doesn’t like making the top bar busier to reduce clutter, hence this important feature is missing. I feel the applets should be displayed by default, and the user should be able to manage what is displayed and what not.

Anyway, given today, Fedora doesn’t show the status icons. If you are on the same page as me, you have landed at the right place. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Adding indicator applet to Top bar of Fedora

Step 1) GNOME comes with a world of handy extensions that makes anything possible. You will have to enable GNOME extensions on your Fedora. Launch Firefox or Chromium browser and go to the below link.

GNOME shell extensions

Step 2) Click “Click here to install browser extension” and then on “Allow.”

GNOME Shell Integration Browser Extension
GNOME Shell Integration Browser Extension

Step 3) We shall install a GNOME extension “TopIcons Plus”. It is a 100% free utility that does the magic for us. It shows the status icons to your GNOME Shell top bar. Visit this page:

Install TopIcons Plus GNOME extension

Step 4) Slide the button to “ON”.

Install TopIcons Plus GNOME extension
Install TopIcons Plus GNOME extension

Step 5) Click “Install”

Complete installation
Complete installation

Step 6) Click on “installed extensions” tab. Here, you can find all the GNOME extensions installed on your system, including the default ones. Look for the TopIcons Plus extension, and then click on the “Settings” icon.

Installed extensions - Settings.
Installed extensions – Settings.

Step 7) By default settings, the icons start appearing in the center of the top bar near the clock. If you want to align them to the right, click on the drop-down menu on “Tray horizontal alignment” and select “Right”. For me, the icons looked a tad larger for the top bar width, so I controlled the icon size too.

Options
Options

Conclusion

That’s about how to bring the status icons back on the top bar of your Fedora workstation. The tutorial was tested to be working on Fedora 32 workstation but should work on older versions too without an issue.

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