What is it?

Xystray is a simple implementation of freedesktop.org systray specification (a.k.a notification area) for XWindow system. It is meant for use in simple desktop environments which does not provide such facility by default eg. FVWM. It may also run under GNOME or KDE but the default tray programme has to be disabled then.


Sample screenshot
Xystray with Psi and XMMS icons.

This is an example screenshot made under FVWM with the following style settings in .fvwm2rc

Style "Xystray" NoTitle, StaysOnTop, Sticky, NoHandles, WindowListSkip 

and started with following command line options:

$ xystray -bg gray60 -iconrows 1 -iconcols 4


Is very simple. Just download, untar, make and copy xystray where you like (/usr/X11/bin, ~/bin/ etc.). Then make your window manager start it automatically when you start your session.

Bugs & (absent) features ;-)

I will be glad to receive any feedback or patches that may make this software better. Of course you'll get a credit. Try to reach me by mail.

Those who helped

Command line options

-iconmax n

Sets xystray to contain maximum of n arranged in one row or column depending on -vertical option. It is a synonym for -iconcols n -iconrows 1.

-iconrows n

Sets the number of rows to keep icons (default: 2).

-iconcols n

Sets the number of columns to keep icons (default 4).

-iconpadding n

Sets the spacing around icons (default: 0).

-iconsize n

Sets the size of each icon. The default value is 22 pixels. It is not recomended to change it.


Now it is useful only with -iconmax option. When used both, Xystray form its window a single column of icons.

Since Xystray uses Xt Toolkit it also accepts generic options like -bg or -geometry.


Legal stuff

This software is provided AS IS with no warranty of any kind. Xystray is a free software and is distributed under GPL licence. This means you can freely use and modify it provided that if you modify it you have to distribute it under the same conditions.