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I want to share with you all a nice applet I made for this site. (Well, not for this site specifically, but it applies.)

It's called StackApplet. It's a status icon that notifies you of answers, comments people post to you, and reputation changes.

Here is the package: (for both 32 and 64 bit installs)


The package is also in my PPA (BUT it is an older version):


Here is a screenshot:

Note: to add this site, click the icon and click preferences. Type "askubuntu" into the site name field. Type your user ID into the other. Then click "Add to List" and click "OK".

Second note: The code for this app is on Launchpad.

Third note: StackApplet 1.4 is in the Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric) repositories.

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    Cool. Interested in having that officially packaged in Debian/Ubuntu? Shoot me an email at [email protected]
    – lfaraone
    Commented Jul 28, 2010 at 20:15
  • @lfaraone: ...and done. Commented Jul 28, 2010 at 20:48
  • We need a KDE applet too :D I might even write it
    – txwikinger
    Commented Jul 28, 2010 at 21:13
  • @txwikinger: Too late, one of the good people at StackApps wrote one: stackapps.com/questions/117/… Commented Jul 28, 2010 at 21:19
  • @lfaraone: Did you get my email? Commented Jul 28, 2010 at 22:22
  • @George Edison: yes, I did.
    – lfaraone
    Commented Jul 28, 2010 at 22:25
  • I'm using LXDE. Could this be made to work in any systray? Commented Jul 28, 2010 at 22:56
  • @mac: Well, not without rewriting a fair amount of it. Also, I have no experience working with LXDE. Commented Jul 28, 2010 at 23:04
  • where is the source code for it?
    – txwikinger
    Commented Jul 29, 2010 at 20:26
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    @txwikinger: It's a Python script - so the application is the source code. It's in the package provided in the link above. Commented Jul 29, 2010 at 22:25
  • Well, if you make something that works out of the systray, it should work in any window manager -- GNOME, KDE, LXDE, Fluxbox, etc. -- just like Network Manager. Jorge Castro mentioned below that you could use App Indicators. I believe that is WM-independent. Commented Jul 30, 2010 at 13:28
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    This is brilliant Commented Aug 7, 2010 at 13:18
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    Version 1.4 gave me a whole bunch of warnings. I did not click on Ignore and Install just in case. Commented Apr 29, 2011 at 23:20
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    Clicked on the Link above (The launchpad.net/stackapplet/1.4/1.4/+download/… one) opened in Software Center and clicked on Install. Then it gave a bunch of errors like: Lintian check results for /home/cyrex/Downloads/stackapplet_1.4.0_all (1).deb: E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/ 1000/1000 E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/ 1000/1000 E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/applications/ 1000/1000 E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid And in continues on.. Commented Apr 29, 2011 at 23:33
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    @CYREX: Ah, you're right. I'll make sure this is fixed for the next version. In the meantime - there is a version in the official repositories that you can use in Natty. Just run 'sudo apt-get install stackapplet'. Commented Apr 29, 2011 at 23:48

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A maverick Version would be great.

  • Has anyone tried it in Maverick? I'm curious to know if it works or not - it should work, but that's not the same as actually testing it. Commented Aug 5, 2010 at 21:39
  • It's working for me in Maverick. Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 21:59
  • I am using the deb package not the PPA
    – akshatj
    Commented Aug 8, 2010 at 11:41
  • If you can hang tight for a few weeks, it looks like this will actually be included in the Maverick repositories. Commented Aug 9, 2010 at 23:34
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    I uploaded the package to Debian Unstable, it's since been synced into Maverick.
    – lfaraone
    Commented Aug 11, 2010 at 3:48

I'm getting an error with the latest (1.4) version:

There was an error retrieving information from StackAuth when StackApplet was initialized.

The preferences dialog cannot be displayed.

Please note that this is not an error in StackApplet - either a misconfigured Internet connection or StackAuth failure are likely the problem.

I'm running maverick, and my internet connection seems fine.

  • This is sometimes caused by the API servers going down temporarily. Try again in a few hours. Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 19:48
  • Yeah, that was it.
    – Malabarba
    Commented Nov 24, 2010 at 12:44

Is there a reason why I can't connect this to my Programmers SE account? The icon just says 'Please wait...' endlessly.

Also, how do I get a context menu like that seen in the screenshot?

  • This tool has gone though a whole lot of updates since last this post was updated. Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 14:13
  • Marco is right. The latest version is here. Commented Jan 23, 2011 at 20:18

Are you planning to add a text display of the total rep for a selected site to the indicator's icon (similar to what the system temperature indicator does)?

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    Yes, this is planned for StackApplet 1.6. Commented Nov 19, 2011 at 2:03

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