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Strollin' around
Status: In development

Currently Thunderbird supports system tray on Windows - just close the software and an icon will be presented on Windows system tray.

Unfortunately this feature is missing on Linux. In past there were several plugins to do that, like several versions of Minimize-to-tray, however the plugin technology for Thunderbird (and Firefox) has changed over time, and these plugins are no longer supported.

Currently if I want to use this feature on Linux I need install an additional software like systray-x or KDocker, which it is weird.

So, please turn this feature native for Linux too!

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Just started testing Thunderbird and a system tray icon will be crucial to making this usable. Thanks for getting started on this!

Strollin' around

Hello @jevangelho good to hear finally Thunderbird team is addressing this long-time issue!

Where can we follow the development? Is there any public issue/bug report/etc?

From my wish I would be happy just with close-to-tray feature and an option to set the icon or to select a pre-defined monochromatic one. 🙂

Making moves

pls, don't do it like betterbird that only support xwayland o xorg. Wayland is needed nowadays. And despites having xwayland funcionalities they are not free of errors.. like drag support...

Thunderbird Team
Thunderbird Team

UPDATE: It's close!
We’re still testing and cleaning things up, but if you’re adventurous you can check out our GitHub repositories for Linux System Tray and DBus hooks and run them locally.

Making moves

Thank you for working on this feature! I don't know how I'm supposed to compile and the deploy the two linked projects: is there some nightly release we can peek into?

Screenshot from 2024-05-31 12-54-05.pngI do have a simple request regarding this in-development feature: please give the user the choice to run Thunderbird in background without any system tray icon. The reason is that not everyone may have a system tray icon or simply they do not want to clutter it. The GNOME UX paradigm strives away from system tray icon and instead shows background apps in a dedicated list.