Gmail Message Tray – Gmail Notifications in GNOME System Tray

Gmail Notification on Linux Desktop
Written by Divine Okoi

How would you like it if you could view Gmail alerts in your notifications tray? If you have GNOME shell running on your workstation then you’re in luck because there is a pretty handy gnome extension that lets you do just that.

Gmail Message Tray is a GNOME extension that auto-syncs your Gmail account and lets you see notifications for all your unread emails in system’s tray as an indicator applet.

It gets rid of the need to configure whatever email desktop client you use in order to stay up to date with your Gmail account; Especially since you wouldn’t even need to enter your password – the extension accesses your Gmail account via GNOME online accounts.

You can set a time interval for app refreshes and click on any of the new emails to open the thread in your default browser.

Gmail Notification in Linux Desktop

Gmail Notification in Linux Desktop

Features in Gmail Message Tray

  • Automatic sync with Gmail account
  • Add multiple Gmail accounts.
  • Sleek desktop integration.
  • Direct link from the notification tray to your Gmail via the browser.
  • Programmable “Check-mail” interval.
  • Gmail Message Tray GNOME extension logs into Gmail via Gnome Online Accounts

Install Gmail Message Tray in Linux Desktop


You need to be running GNOME shell 3.22 or later and signed into your account in the GNOME settings.

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You can also install Gmail Message Tray via the terminal using the git command:

$ git clone --depth 1 ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/[email protected]

Gmail Message Tray may also require gir1.2-goa and gir1.2-gconf to run on your system so if you get a message like “Extension requires Goa,Soup,Gio,Gconf…” then run the following command in your terminal:

$ sudo apt-get install gir1.2-goa or equivalent

What do you think about Gmail Message Tray GNOME extension? Share your comments in the section below.


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Divine Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for Linux and Open Source software. He is studying again for an MSc in Cybersecurity but still makes time to write about the best software the market has to offer.