alltray(1)                       User Commands                      alltray(1)

       alltray – Dock any program into the system tray on GTK2-based systems

       alltray [OPTION...] [--] [program] [args]

       Start program with optional arguments provided in args and dock it to
       the system tray.  If args contains options which start with dashes (-
       or --) then the special “end of options” argument (--) must be given
       before program on the command line.  See EXAMPLES below for examples on
       invoking AllTray.

       AllTray only works on UNIX and UNIX-like operating systems with the X11
       Window System and compliant window management and system tray
       management software running.

       AllTray has two modes: regular and “attach” mode.  By default, AllTray
       will run in regular mode; to attach to an application, specify the
       --attach argument, and AllTray will let you select which application to
       attach to.  Additionally, if you want to attach to a specific already
       running process, you can specify both --attach and --process arguments
       (or simply --process, which implies --attach); see OPTIONS for more

       -?, --help
              Show the help (usage) screen.

       -a, --attach
              Attaches to an already-running application.  If --process is not
              specified, AllTray will prompt the user to click on a window for
              the application the user would like to dock.

       -L, --list-debug-opts
              Lists the debug “flags” that AllTray supports.  The items in
              this list are allowed values in an environment variable named
              ALLTRAY_DEBUG; see the ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES section for more
              information.  This option is hidden from the --help output, but
              it can be used.

       -C, --enable-ctt
              Enable the Close-To-Tray support in AllTray.  When Close-To-Tray
              is enabled (it is not enabled by default), a small AllTray icon
              at an approximately -45 degree angle will appear in the top-
              right corner of the target application's window.  To close the
              window to the tray, click on the miniaturized AllTray icon.
              This feature is new, and therefore not enabled by default.
              (However, if you wish to have it enabled always, check out the
              ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES section of this man page.)  Also, note
              that CTT support does not yet work with GNOME Terminal, see BUGS
              for more information.

       -D, --debug
              Enable the debug message printing mechanism of AllTray.  Note
              that this requires also setting the environment variable
              ALLTRAY_DEBUG, to get any debug output; see the ENVIRONMENT
              VARIABLES section below.  This option is hidden from the --help
              output, but it can be used.

       -H, --hide
              Hide the target application when AllTray is started or
              successfully attaches to the application.  This used to be
              default behavior in older versions of AllTray (versions prior to
              AllTray 0.7.0dev); it is no longer the default.

       -p, --process=PID
              Specifies the process ID of the application to attach to;
              implies --attach.

       -v, --version
              Show the program version, copyright, and license, then exit.  If
              the build of AllTray was built from a development tree, some
              information on the exact revision it was built from will also

       -V, --extended-version
              Show the program version, copyright, license, and build
              information, then exit.

              AllTray reads this environment variable for any default options.
              Any of the options above in OPTIONS can be specified in this
              environment variable.  This environment variable is looked at
              before the command line, so the command line will override it
              should there be any conflict.

              When the -d or --debug options are specified on the command
              line, AllTray looks at this environment variable to see which
              types of debug messages you are interested in seeing.  For
              example, setting this variable to “CMDLINE X11” and enabling
              debugging will tell AllTray to display messages pertaining to
              command-line parsing and communication with the X Window System.

              For a list of valid tokens, run “alltray -L” which will output
              the list of supported debugging messages.  Also, you can specify
              ALL to enable every type of debugging message that AllTray

              AllTray reads this environment variable to determine how to find
              and connect to your instance of the X Window System.  Using the
              --display command line option can override it, or provide it if

       Here are some examples of invoking AllTray in various situations:

       Simple example
              alltray evolution

       Simple debugging example
              ALLTRAY_DEBUG="ALL" alltray -D evolution

       Client command line arguments example
              alltray -- xterm -geometry 132x40

       AllTray will exit with return code 1 and an error message if it is
       unable to execute the specified program.

       If there is a problem getting AllTray working and it doesn't seem to be
       giving an error, please run AllTray as in the debugging example, above,
       and read the output of that.  It may give vital clues as to what is
       wrong.  Almost certainly always if you do this, you'll want to also
       file a bug report.

       When running AllTray from menus from within a desktop environment, all
       diagnostics will appear in the ~/.xsession-errors file.

       AllTray requires a window manager which implements the EWMH
       specification (and thus by definition the ICCCM specification).  It
       also requires another process which fills the role of the system tray,
       as specified in the System Tray Specification.  At this time, this
       means that AllTray does not work with the Unity user interface from
       Canonical, because it has (intentionally) omitted support for the
       System Tray Specification.  In order to use AllTray with Unity, please
       find a system tray application that works with Unity first.  Support
       for Ayatana will be included in a future release of AllTray, most
       likely 0.7.6dev.

       Some window manager/desktop environment combinations may not honor all
       of AllTray's requests.  If you find such a combination, please file a
       bug report against AllTray so that it may be investigated.  If it is a
       problem in AllTray (or AllTray can somehow work around it without
       introducing other problems), the bug report will be fixed.  If the bug
       is discovered to be in the desktop environment or window manager, a bug
       will be filed against the appropriate project, if possible.

       AllTray currently does not work well for users who utilize session
       management in their desktop environment or window manager software.
       This issue is known.  There is no fix available at this time; session
       management awareness is planned for the future; it is presently not a
       huge priority, but if you would like the feature, please file a bug in
       Launchpad (or comment, if there is already a bug requesting this
       feature) so that I have an idea of what type of priority should be
       assigned to this feature.

       AllTray currently does not support systems that do not have GTK 2.x
       installed on them, for example GNOME 3 systems that do not have GTK 2
       libraries available.  This will be fixed in a future release; at the
       present moment in time, the author does not have a GTK3 based system.

       On some window managers, when using AllTray in attach mode without
       specifying a process ID, you must click the window itself and not the
       window decoration.  Compiz is one such window manager; there may be

       Close-to-Tray (CTT) support does not work for the GNOME Terminal
       application; when attempting to use CTT support on the GNOME Terminal
       application, the CTT helper process dies with an X “BadMatch” error
       when attempting to use it with GNOME Terminal.  Please do not file a
       bug in such a case: it is already known.  However, if this happens with
       any other software please file a bug report.  You will be able to see
       the X error message text in your ~/.xsession-errors file.

       There are likely undiscovered bugs.  If you should find one, please
       report it at

       Also, please note: if you are using a distribution-packaged version of
       AllTray, before filing a bug report against AllTray itself, please
       confirm that the bug exists in stock (upstream) AllTray.  If you cannot
       confirm that, please file a bug using your distribution's normal
       bug-tracking procedures, and if it is an upstream bug, your
       distribution will send the bug to the AllTray project on Launchpad.

       AllTray was started in 2004 by Jochen Baier <>.
       Michael B. Trausch became the maintainer in 2009 and has started a
       complete re-write of the AllTray code.  This release,, is a
       result of that (continuing) re-write.

       Copyright © 2009, 2010, 2011 Michael B. Trausch <>

       AllTray's source code, this manual page, and .desktop files are
       licensed under the terms of the GNU GPL Version 3 license, as published
       by the Free Software Foundation.  For the full-text of the license, see
       the license as published on the GNU web site.  Some portions of the
       software are licensed under the GNU LGPL Version 3, permitting their
       re-use with slightly less strict terms.  The images distributed with
       AllTray are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-
       Noncommercial 3.0 (CC-BY-NC 3.0) license.

       You should have received the license texts with this source
       distribution, however if you did not, the license texts are available
       on the Internet; see the LINKS section below.

       If there is a need to use AllTray outside of these licensing terms,
       contact the author for information.

       If you are interested in helping with AllTray's development, you can
       help!  Please email me at <>, or find a bug report in
       Launchpad that needs assistance and isn't actively being worked on.
       You can branch the AllTray source code using the command bzr branch
       lp:alltray on any system that has the GNU Bazaar software installed.

       Please use Launchpad to request that your branch be merged into
       AllTray, or if for some reason you cannot do that (for example, you do
       not have a Launchpad account) then please email a merge directive to
       <>.  If you need help with using the GNU Bazaar version
       control system, you can check out the #bzr channel on the FreeNode IRC
       network.  See also the LINKS section below for a link to the Bazaar in
       Five Minutes tutorial.

       The GNU GPL Version 3.0 is available on the Internet at

       The GNU LGPL Version 3.0 is available on the Internet at

       The Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 license is available
       on the Internet at

       AllTray's web site and wiki is available on the Internet at

       AllTray's project page is available on the Internet at

       The ICCCM is available on the Internet at

       The EWMH is available on the Internet at

       The System Tray Specification is available on the Internet at

       The Ayatana indicators specification is available on the Internet at

       Bazaar in Five Minutes is available on the Internet at

Version               July 14, 2011                      alltray(1)