Rewrite In Progress

I am currently in the process of completely rewriting this application from scratch. The code for the old version was an absolute disaster, written nearly four years ago when I first started learning Python. The new version will be written in Python 3 and use PyQt5.

Unfortunately I don't have a timeline on this new version but a rough guess for an early release would be early July 2014. Eventually I hope to get an actual stable release ready for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic) in October. Windows builds will be released when time permits.

(I will also add a link to the project page on GitHub once I am a little bit further into this.)



StackApplet is a small status icon that sits in your desktop's notification area and alerts you to events that happen to your accounts. You will receive notifications about new answers, comments and reputation changes. All Stack Exchange sites are supported. The application is written in Python and the preferences page uses JavaScript.


MIT License


Packages are available for the latest stable release (1.5.2):


Windows XP/Vista/7/8 or a Linux distribution with PyGTK installed.


I can be reached at [email protected].


Available on Launchpad: http://launchpad.net/stackapplet

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    The ultimate StackOverflow addict luxury. To see your reputation at all times. Commented May 20, 2010 at 23:31
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    Yup. It really helps me stay on top of my rep. Are you going to try it? I am eager to hear how it works. Commented May 20, 2010 at 23:41
  • You might want to use f = open(os.path.join(os.getenv("HOME"),"/.stackoverflow"),'r') to open your settings.
    – Flame
    Commented May 21, 2010 at 0:37
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    @Flame: Thanks, man. I am completely new to Gnome desktop programming :) I'm assuming it worked alright, though? Commented May 21, 2010 at 0:57
  • George, would you mind if I 'borrowed' your stackoverflow icon? At least until there are "official" releases of icons/images? Commented May 21, 2010 at 4:19
  • @Nick: Sure. Help yourself. Commented May 21, 2010 at 5:09
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    works for me. pretty cool. I've gotta say though, its a little weird when it loads Jeff Atwood's stats on the first run. Commented May 27, 2010 at 0:47
  • @Chris: Well... it kind of has to display something when it first starts. Do you have any ideas of what would you like to see it display? Commented May 27, 2010 at 0:52
  • @George something simple like 'Configure User'. Should be easy to default to userid = 0 or -1 or null, and check for that at startup. Commented May 28, 2010 at 13:44
  • Too bad it doesn't support multiple instances (so I can track my rep on more than one site), otherwise great! :)
    – Felix
    Commented Jun 9, 2010 at 19:33
  • @Felix: Don't worry - I am planning to fix that :) Commented Jun 10, 2010 at 0:24
  • You now get notifications when comments are posted to you. Commented Jun 23, 2010 at 6:48
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    @George and @Chris I managed to install the sources in my home directory and set the bonobo path right. Working now!
    – Peter Smit
    Commented Aug 27, 2010 at 18:40
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    both links throw 404s. perhaps they can be indexed via wayback machine if you have copies laying around?
    – albert
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 14:16
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    Does this still work ? Is it still being worked on ? Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 15:05

39 Answers 39


Nice one! But…


This notifier may be dangerous to epileptic users having rep like Jon Skeet



As told in the related Ubuntu Stack Exchange site question, it would be great to port it to use app indicators.

Great app :)

  • I'll look into it and see what I can do. Commented Aug 4, 2010 at 18:31
  • This is scheduled for StackApplet 1.4 now. Commented Aug 27, 2010 at 19:21
  • This has now been completed. Commented Oct 10, 2010 at 1:29
  • This has now been released in StackApplet 1.4. Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 20:55
  • I think that it should go under messaging menu instead of having it's own icon.
    – user1166
    Commented May 20, 2011 at 19:21

Not working for Windows (8x64)

Firstly, download links for latest 1.6 are dead

I've installed 1.5 and it doesn't show the list of sites

Find User even doesn't work.

And without the site list, even if I enter my userID it doesn't "Add Account"

  • Having the same issue, except on Ubuntu. Maybe it's something to do with the new API? I was having issues with the new API previously, but those were fixed... Commented Jul 27, 2014 at 19:24
  • Try installing 1.5.2. That fixed it for me on Ubuntu. Commented Jul 27, 2014 at 19:32
  • Same here on Ubuntu 14.04.
    – Jorge B.
    Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 15:15
  • Same here on Ubuntu 14.04.1 - is this an API change again? Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 3:36
  • Same problem, version 1.5.2, Ubuntu version 15.10. I really want to use it, but can not. Commented Mar 6, 2016 at 22:04

Not working for Ubuntu 14.04 32bit

I've installed 1.5.2 and it doesn't show the list of sites

Find User even doesn't work.

And without the site list, even if I enter my userID it doesn't "Add Account"

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    Same problem, version 1.5.2, Ubuntu version 15.10. I really want to use it, but can not. Commented Mar 6, 2016 at 22:04

I have StackApplet installed on my Ubuntu system (using the deb package linked above). The About box says it is version 1.1 although the deb file name and package details both say it is version 1.2.

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    My bad. I forgot to update the numbers in the About box. Commented Aug 13, 2010 at 16:39
  • This appears to be fixed as of 1.3rc2.
    – moberley
    Commented Sep 7, 2010 at 0:10

Is there any change to make this also work in Xfce (for use in Xubuntu)? I must admit that I have absolutely no idea about the technical differences of both desktops.

  • Well, this is the first Gnome applet I've written so I'm kinda new to applet development. Work will begin soon to port this to AppIndicators - that might work on Xubuntu. I don't know. Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 21:29
  • Please download the 1.4 beta mentioned above and see if it works. Commented Oct 10, 2010 at 2:30

Is there a PPA available for StackApplet?

And a feature request:

Ability to track "tagged questions" => "my filters". It’s cumbersome to refresh it all the time.

I haven't found an app which can do that.

  • There certainly is! You can find it here: launchpad.net/~stackapplet-dev/+archive/stackapplet That PPA is kept up to date with all of the latest changes to StackApplet. Commented May 20, 2011 at 2:15
  • updated my question with a feature request! Commented May 20, 2011 at 2:35
  • @freethinker: So what you're saying is that you want the application to notify you when a question with a given tag is asked? Commented May 20, 2011 at 2:39
  • Rather I want the applicaiton to notify when a question belonging to a filter is asked. I have created a few filters to track questions I'm interested in. Commented May 20, 2011 at 2:46
  • @freethinker: I see. Adding that feature is a possibility but it would be limited to the sites you already have added to StackApplet. Commented May 20, 2011 at 2:52
  • Thanks! Does the API already support filters? If it does, then it should give results across all stackexchange sites isn't it? Anyhow, it would be perfectly cool if it supports just the ones I have already added! That would be neat. Commented May 20, 2011 at 2:56
  • @freethinker: The current version of the API does not provide access to filters. There is reason to believe that the next version of the API will. In the meantime, version 1.6 of StackApplet will add support for tag notifications. Commented May 20, 2011 at 3:02

FYI I have fully finished the Launchpad translation into Russian. Could somebody review?

(I haven't lived in Russia for 8 years and I am losing the language)


The 64 bit version tries to install itself in the Program Files (x86) folder. I am on win 7 64 bit on an Intel i5 processor. Since the filename reads amd64 I am assuming that I might as well install the 32 bit version, is this correct?


  • That sounds like a bug with the installer. I'll take a look into that when I get a chance - the 64-bit installer does install 64-bit executables though, regardless of where the files are installed. Commented Oct 27, 2012 at 18:43
  • @GeorgeEdison, thanks, if you want, let me know and I will help you test it.
    – Gaia
    Commented Oct 27, 2012 at 18:46

At the moment a click on the widgets in the panel doesn't have a defined action. It might be handy to have a left click on a site widget open that site in the default browser.

  • Good idea. I'll try to do that soon. Commented Aug 30, 2010 at 1:35
  • I added that feature... you can try it out in the 1.3rc1 download listed above. Commented Aug 30, 2010 at 19:46
  • This has now been disabled in the 1.4 beta while some issues are worked out. Commented Oct 10, 2010 at 2:30
  • This is fixed now. Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 20:53

I have recently become active on Arduino Beta SE and I wanted to have notifs for that on my desktop. However, StackApplet doesn't have that site in the addable (???) sites.

Is this a bug, as I know Beta sites can be added, I have Raspberry Pi working just fine; or is it just because Arduino hasn't been added to the list of sites somewhere?


I can't seem to get this to work... I entered ubuntu.stackexchange and my username (russjr08) in the appropriate boxes, but it stays stuck on "Please Wait..." I even restarted Gnome-Panel

  • Sorry, there are two problems with what you are doing: first, you need to enter askubuntu in the site box instead of ubuntu.stackexchange. Also, you need to enter your user ID instead of your username. If you don't know your username, click the find button beside the user ID box. Commented Oct 24, 2010 at 1:15

When I try to start it, I get an error message titled -

stackapplet.exe - Entry Point Not Found

saying -

The procedure entry point _except_handler4_common could not be located in the dynamic link library msvcrt.dll

What could be the reason behind this?

My platform is Windows XP Service Pack 2.

  • Unfortunately this is a bug that occurs when StackApplet is run on 64-bit versions of Windows. Rather than fixing this bug (which would have been a lot of work), StackApplet was recently rewritten from scratch to provide native support for 64-bit versions of Windows (among other things). You can find a native 64-bit installer for StackApplet 1.6 at the top of the question above. Please try that instead. Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 18:14
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    @GeorgeEdison: I am running 32-bit OS, not 64-bit.... Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 19:40
  • Oh, sorry about that then. There is also a 32-bit installer for StackApplet 1.6. Does that work? Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 20:54
  • Hi @GeorgeEdison, I too am looking for the XP version. 1.5 didn't work for me. The link to the 1.6 32 bit version appears to be broken. It's reporting a "Forbidden You don't have permission to access /stackapplet/stackapplet_1.6_i686_setup.exe on this server." Do you have another link?
    – TrojanName
    Commented May 16, 2012 at 17:56
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    @BrianFenton: Sorry about that - for some unknown reason, the permissions on that file were set to 600 instead of 644. I have fixed the permissions now, so you should be able to download the installer. Commented May 16, 2012 at 18:19
  • @GeorgeEdison Hi George, works like a charm! Thank you so much for a wonderful app! :-)
    – TrojanName
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 8:28

In version 1.6 alpha on Windows, the notification will often show

30 New Item(s)
There are 30 new item(s) in your inbox.

when there are only a few items in my inbox.


Is it possible to configure the app to ignore some events (specifically reputation changes in my case, not really interested in them as much as the other ones)?

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    As of version 1.6 (currently in Alpha), only inbox items are included in notifications (so that would include answers to your questions, comments directed to you, and anything else you would see in your global inbox). Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 0:06
  • That was quick :). Thanks for the info, and for the great app (I especially like how it integrates with KDE's notification system) !
    – mikołak
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 0:08
  • Excellent - glad to hear it's working for you. Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 0:57

Is there anything similar for KDE?

  • This application should run under KDE. That being said, I am considering rewriting this application in Qt - in which case the answer would be a definite "yes". Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 22:10
  • @GeorgeEdison Great. Hope to see an alpha from you soon. Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 6:06
  • There is now an alpha version available. Commented May 16, 2012 at 18:14

The new 1.6 (32-bit) version won't allow me to "authorize" the app?!

I'm using Windows Vista. I've looked, but I haven't found any help elsewhere? Any ideas?

PS: StackApplet is a great tool, so I’m keen to have it fixed. The 1.5 version works, but the 1.6 doesn't. Thanks again.

  • Could you please describe what happens when you try to authorize the application? Commented Jul 7, 2012 at 5:11
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    I start the app. It loads. I right-click the icon. Move through the menus and click authorize. The authorize window pops ups. I click on authorize with google. It hangs indefinitely. Also, I tried other login methods and they all hang indefinitely too. It's the same whether or not I "use as admin".
    – Toby Booth
    Commented Jul 7, 2012 at 14:52

I installed it on Windows 7. On authorization, it threw up a bunch of dialogs about certificates missing, etc.

Once running, the only thing I could do was to look at my Inbox - there wasn't any list of sites or reputation.

I removed it for now, until more functionality is available.


Can this applet show when there is new activity since the last visit like the envelope next to my username? In other words, if I don't see the notifications does it change colour or something to tell me I should visit the site?

  • That's a great idea... but how would it know you visited the site? Commented Aug 5, 2010 at 18:26
  • I don't know much about the API, so maybe it isn't supported. StackExchange has some way of determining when to change the envelope icon when there are new replies so I thought maybe that was available to applications using the API.
    – moberley
    Commented Aug 5, 2010 at 19:43
  • @moberly: No, I mean how would the app know that you had visited the page with your web browser? Suppose you get a message. The app turns green. You go to the site to see what the comment is... how does the app know that you did that? Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 2:20
  • I don't know how you would do that. That is, I'm not sure a new replies notification would work without cooperation from the StackExchange feature that provides that information. Presumably that would be via the API, but as I said I don't know much about the API. All I know is that when I visit a StackExchange site there is a small icon next to my username that tells me if I have new replies (and how many). The thing is I have to individually visit each StackExchange site that I've joined to see it. I saw your app, and was hopeful it could also appear in my Gnome panel.
    – moberley
    Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 13:41
  • Of course, if there's no way for your app to determine if there are new replies, then maybe you could just show changes for the last 24 hours?
    – moberley
    Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 13:47
  • @moberly: Maybe this other thing that I made is what you're looking for: stackcenter.quickmediasolutions.com Commented Aug 9, 2010 at 23:37
  • I don't think so. That is another website and it just appears to show aggregate information for all my linked accounts. I was just looking for a persistent indicator to remind me to go back to the Stack Exchange website because I'm not always at my computer. Kind of like the new email indicator.
    – moberley
    Commented Aug 13, 2010 at 9:43
  • @moberly: Well, I'll see what I can do. Would it work if your username kind-of flashed red until you clicked it when there was a new comment? Commented Aug 27, 2010 at 19:21
  • @GeorgeEdison Yes, I wasn't looking for anything fancier than that. However, I don't think it needs to flash, just changing the background colour might be better.
    – moberley
    Commented Aug 30, 2010 at 0:23
  • @moberly: Now that the AppIndicators port is complete, the icon changes color when there are new messages. (Of course, this only works on Ubuntu.) Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 18:53
  • @moberly: This now works everywhere. Commented May 12, 2011 at 16:53

If you're going to Appindicators I'd like to see this condensed to one icon which populates a dropdown list on click (but the libNotify messages are fine the way they are) Maybe something similar to the current messaging indicator?

Great app btw! It helps feed my addiction :)

  • Ya, I really haven't got around to experimenting with AppIndicators yet... but I'll try to make it as concise as possible. Also, I need to work a bit on getting my app to comply with the API throttle guidelines, otherwise you might see errors if you have a lot of sites going. Commented Sep 2, 2010 at 5:13
  • Also, are you using the latest version? (1.3rc1 at the moment) Commented Sep 2, 2010 at 5:13
  • @GeorgeEdison: I believe so - though the About still says 1.1 Commented Sep 4, 2010 at 7:25
  • Oh. Well that was fixed a few hours ago :) 1.3rc2 is out now :) Commented Sep 4, 2010 at 7:27

Feature Request:

Would it be possible to add a preference where I can point the app to an accounts page (like this one) and it automatically picks up all accounts from there? Possibly even monitor that page for new appearing accounts?

Because it is rather tedious to enter all those accounts individually and it should be very easy to retrieve the data for the app.

BTW: thanks for writing the app!!


Wait, I just noticed the "Check for associated accounts" preference in the current version, I guess that cancels out my request. Still:

  1. Unfortunately the app does not check for duplicates (a duplicate being a two entries with equal site and user id)
  2. it would be even nicer if the app could continually monitor the accounts and add new accounts automatically once they appear.
  • Hmmm... I like your idea. I'll see what I can do to implement it. Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 1:31
  • I'd have done it myself, but Python is so not my language. Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 6:34

I'm installing Ubuntu 11.04; I saw StackApplet in the Accessories menu. It claims that as of the newly installed version 1.4, StackApplet is no longer a Gnome 2 applet, but instead it'll live in the tray area... except I'm not even sure Ubuntu 11.04's Unity will have a tray area to begin with. Kinda baffled by the coincidence.

At any rate, can you please consider improving the way the tray icon behaves? Currently it does nothing on right click and opens a menu in place on left click; if the tray bar is placed at the bottom of the screen, this puts the 'Quit' menu item squarely below where I clicked. Basically, clicking on the StackApplet icons closes it; I'd have to drag up to use the program itself.

  • Well, actually - StackApplet uses the AppIndicator framework, so it'll work fine with future Ubuntu releases. As for the way the tray icon behaves, that too is unfortunately beyond my control since the menu is created and managed by the AppIndicator framework. Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 17:08

I get the following warnings while installing your package in Ubuntu 11.04:

Lintian check results for /home/badp/Downloads/stackapplet_1.4.0_all.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 usr/share/applications/stackapplet.desktop 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/ 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/en_CA/ 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/en_CA/LC_MESSAGES/ 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/en_CA/LC_MESSAGES/stackapplet.mo 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/en_GB/ 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/en_GB/LC_MESSAGES/ 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/en_GB/LC_MESSAGES/stackapplet.mo 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/es/ 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/es/LC_MESSAGES/ 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/es/LC_MESSAGES/stackapplet.mo 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/fr/ 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/fr/LC_MESSAGES/ 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/fr/LC_MESSAGES/stackapplet.mo 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/tr/ 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/tr/LC_MESSAGES/ 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/locale/tr/LC_MESSAGES/stackapplet.mo 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/pixmaps/ 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/pixmaps/meta.stackoverflow.png 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/pixmaps/serverfault.png 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/pixmaps/stackapplet.png 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/pixmaps/stackapplet_grey.png 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/pixmaps/stackapplet_light.png 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/pixmaps/stackapps.png 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/pixmaps/stackoverflow.png 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/pixmaps/superuser.png 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/stackapplet/ 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/stackapplet/appindicator_replacement.py 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/stackapplet/config_store.py 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/stackapplet/import_13.py 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/stackapplet/prefs_dialog.py 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/stackapplet/select_user.py 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/stackapplet/stack_api.py 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/stackapplet/stackapplet.glade 1000/1000
E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/stackapplet/stackapplet.py 1000/1000
  • That's due to Natty's new 'bad quality package' warnings. If you want to install the package anyway, rest assured that installing StackApplet is completely safe. If not, StackApplet 1.5 will have these warnings fixed. Commented May 8, 2011 at 16:01
  • @George I installed it anyway; just letting you know :)
    – badp
    Commented May 8, 2011 at 16:04

Thought I'd mention. I tried setting up StackApps in Windows 7, but at the preference screen for accounts associated with StackApps, it stalls on "loading..." and I'm not able to set up my accounts. Any ideas?

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    Are you using Google Chrome? If so, you can right-click on the page and click "Inspect Element". There will be a console tab somewhere that may contain error information. Commented May 25, 2011 at 6:59
  • No, Firefox 3.6.12.
    – ptrcao
    Commented May 25, 2011 at 8:33
  • @ptr: In that case, you would go to Tools->Error Console. Commented May 25, 2011 at 16:15
  • Error: Translator.translation_table is null Source File: localhost:8140/translations.js Line: 56
    – ptrcao
    Commented May 25, 2011 at 16:53
  • @ptr: Are you using the 1.5beta2 Windows installer? Commented May 25, 2011 at 18:05
  • stackapplet_1.5_i686_setup.exe was what I used...I guess this is not it?
    – ptrcao
    Commented May 26, 2011 at 10:52
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    @ptr: Well (and this is my fault) I actually didn't change the filenames for the different beta releases, so it's hard to tell which one you have by the filename. However, if you visit this page, you can make sure you have beta2. (Oh, and the version in the PPA now uses port 8150). Commented May 28, 2011 at 6:03
  • I don't know how to explain this but after uninstalling and reinstalling yet again, it worked! Well this saves you the headache. Let me suggest an unrelated improvement though. On relaunching a second instance of StackApplet, a second instance will display on the notification tray. Not sure if this behaviour is desirable as redundant instances can occur.
    – ptrcao
    Commented May 28, 2011 at 7:34
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    @ptr: Good point. I'll make sure that gets fixed. Thanks for letting me know that it works! Commented May 28, 2011 at 14:18
  • No problems, happy to help. We've succeeded in getting it to work for both Debian 6.0 and Windows 7 now, at least for me. The last remaining OS environment to troubleshoot was going to be WinXP, however, my ailing HHD finally gave in yesterday so I won't have the WinXP environment to test it in. Haven't tried it in Ubuntu yet, but I'll be sure to let you know if I have any issues. I'm a multi-booting power user, so I appreciate the cross-platform support. :)
    – ptrcao
    Commented May 28, 2011 at 14:37
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    @ptr: Great! Actually, I develop the application in Ubuntu, so it is extremely well supported there and has some extra features. Commented May 29, 2011 at 6:36
  • Oh, I use Debian as my primary OS, as well as Windows. :P I hope soon you will extend all those nice features to the other OSs too. :)
    – ptrcao
    Commented May 29, 2011 at 6:56
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    @ptr: Well, the only thing missing from Debian / Windows is integration with the Ubuntu Messaging Menu. All of the other features are present in other operating systems. Commented May 29, 2011 at 20:17
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    @ptr: I may have a fix for the XP problem now. Please try downloading this installer and see if that fixes the problem. Commented Jun 13, 2011 at 22:10
  • Slight problem...I've converted to Win7 now :| But I'm sure some XP user somewhere will be thanking you. Perhaps you could find/get someone with XP to test it for us :P I'd still be curious to know if the problem's been solved :)
    – ptrcao
    Commented Jun 14, 2011 at 11:43

This is what I get with the debug version under Windows XP SP3:

C:\Program Files\StackApplet>stackapplet.exe
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<string>", line 88, in <module>
  File "C:\PyInstaller\iu.py", line 436, in importHook
  File "C:\PyInstaller\iu.py", line 521, in doimport
  File "Z:\tmp\a\other\windows\build\pyi.win32\stackapplet\outPYZ1.pyz/gtk", line 40, in <module>
  File "C:\PyInstaller\iu.py", line 477, in importHook
  File "C:\PyInstaller\iu.py", line 495, in doimport
  File "C:\PyInstaller\iu.py", line 297, in getmod
  File "C:\PyInstaller\archive.py", line 468, in getmod
  File "C:\PyInstaller\iu.py", line 109, in getmod
ImportError: DLL load failed: Invalid access to memory location.
  • @GeorgeEdison ...pssst, over here!
    – rdrgrtz
    Commented Jun 3, 2011 at 18:52
  • As mentioned above, please try this file and see if it fixes the problem. Commented Jun 13, 2011 at 22:09
  • Hi @george, I tried 1.5beta2 today and still no go. I'm trying your fix now.
    – rdrgrtz
    Commented Jul 19, 2011 at 13:26
  • Installed the fix, and nothing. I'm having the same problem as ptrcao below, @george
    – rdrgrtz
    Commented Jul 19, 2011 at 13:28
  • I just made another build. Does this file work? Commented Jul 26, 2011 at 20:03
  • @George yeah, that works! Only thing is that I get "Network error." on everything since I'm behind a proxy.
    – rdrgrtz
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 16:14

So I used apt-get install stackapplet, and it installed something. (Version 1.4.0-1, from the apt-cache show output.)

Then nothing happens. Should the applet automatically appear somewhere, or do I have to start it manually? If so, how?

(I have Ubuntu 11.04, with an old GNOME desktop, as my computer is too old to support Unity.)

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    You can start it manually by going to Applications->Accessories->StackApplet. After that, you can go to preferences and set it to start every time you log in. Commented Jul 26, 2011 at 20:01

Thank you George. It works for me (ubuntu 11) after installing via command prompt. Maybe it could be made also to start from the command prompt with the command stackapplet?

$ sudo apt-get install stackapplet Läser paketlistor... Färdig Bygger beroendeträd
Läser tillståndsinformation... Färdig Följande ytterligare paket kommer att installeras: python-gnomeapplet Följande NYA paket kommer att installeras: python-gnomeapplet Följande paket kommer att uppgraderas: stackapplet 1 att uppgradera, 1 att nyinstallera, 0 att ta bort och 224 att inte uppgradera. Behöver hämta 52,6 kB arkiv. Efter denna åtgärd kommer 79,0 MB att frigöras på disken. Vill du fortsätta [J/n]? J Läs:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty/main python-gnomeapplet amd64 2.32.0-0ubuntu2 [19,8 kB] Läs:2 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty/universe stackapplet all 1.4.0-1 [32,9 kB] Hämtade 52,6 kB på 0s (107 kB/s)
Väljer tidigare ej valt paket python-gnomeapplet. (Läser databasen ... 147381 filer och kataloger installerade.) Packar upp python-gnomeapplet (från .../python-gnomeapplet_2.32.0-0ubuntu2_amd64.deb) ... Förbereder att ersätta stackapplet 1.4.0 (med .../stackapplet_1.4.0-1_all.deb) ... Packar upp ersättande stackapplet ... Hanterar utlösare för bamfdaemon ... Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index... Hanterar utlösare för desktop-file-utils ... Hanterar utlösare för python-gmenu ... Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/desktop.sv_SE.utf8.cache... Hanterar utlösare för python-support ... Ställer in python-gnomeapplet (2.32.0-0ubuntu2) ... Ställer in stackapplet (1.4.0-1) ... Hanterar utlösare för python-support ... ubuntu@ubuntu:/media/Lexar/$ stackapplet stackapplet: command not found

  • It's not working for me. When I try and connect to http://localhost:8150/ the drop down menu for the site is empty and so is the search for user section. When starting the applet from the command line it says: dbind-WARNING **: 08:33:42.461: Couldn't register with accessibility bus: Did not receive a reply. and it also says that when I launch preferences.
    – Mark Deven
    Commented Aug 17, 2018 at 12:35

Is it possible to get notifications about badges too?

Thank you for a great app!

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    You're welcome! Badge notification is planned for a future release. Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 21:16
  • @NathanOsman did I miss it or is there still no os x version :(
    – Ruskes
    Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 20:57
  • There's no OS X release but if you have Python and PyGTK installed, there's no reason you couldn't just run it directly from the source code. Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 21:27

Since you are already using a GUI toolkit (pygtk? haven't looked at the source), it doesn't make much sense to have your preferences as local website; if anything, it's a security risk.

Any chance that the Preferences feature will be rewritten with a proper GUI?

  • The small HTTP server that manages the preferences is quite secure - it uses a cryptographic nonce to ensure that only the current user can make changes to it. But yes, I am planning to rewrite the application in Qt and this will include a brand new dialog box for preferences. Commented Jan 10, 2012 at 0:44

Does this work behind a proxy server?

I am trying to add my AskUbuntu Account, but the Preferences dialog just freezes after some time.

StackApplet Version is 1.4.0-2

  • I would strongly suggest upgrading to 1.5.1 which is the latest stable release. A lot of bugs were fixed in that release. Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 3:34

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