Messaging Menu [stable] 1.1.1

UUID: MessagingMenu@bownz
Score: 27


This is a Cinnamon applet, which lets you access your Messaging Icons through an icon in the cinnamon panel. Hopefully this will soon be a complete replacement for Ubuntu's Messaging Menu.

1) Copy the folder "MessagingMenu@bownz" to "~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets/".
2) Enable the applet in cinnamon settings. (Eventually you have to restart cinnamon: Press Alt+F2, type 'r' and enter)

1.1.1 Added multiple Twitter applications.
1.1.0 Added menus and probably last update until V2.0 unless someone reports some errors.
1.0.4 Rewrote the Applet So It's all my own code. Made the email clients actually Theyre own  entry. Evolution is not supported. a lot nicer I think
1.0.3 Compiled into one applet. Please make sure you have Thunderbird OR Evolution installed. 
1.0.2 Fixed a bug making the Email Clients not work.
1.0.1 Added two types, one for Thunderbird, One for Evolution.
1.0.0- Ready for a stable release
B3.5 - Completely rewritten Again, Autodetects which apps you have allowing you to have more than the three default apps. Less attractive. B3 will still be up. Choose your style. Thunderbird Lacks the Compose/Contacts menu.
B3 - Moved back to B1's script. But worked in the applet icon for it. Now It has the Icon, Glows, and easy to install. Icons are back in the application list :p
B2 - Completely rewritten, based off of my other applet "BetterSettings", The Icon now comes preinstalled. No need to move any images into "~/icons". The Icon now glows (depending on your theme) when your mouse hovers over it, Like all other Applets. However, the icons next to the application names are unexistant. B1 Is still available.

V2 Won't be release until i figure out how to close to the menu.

About The Author


I'm 16 years old, In love with linux.
Living in New York, and if I'm coding it's normally between 7pm-1am Eastern Time, Get a hold of me then.
I would say I've gotten better at coding then when cinnamon first came out. I am willing to try to make anything, but I doubt I can make too complicated stuff. 
If anyone want's to help me email me at


  1. blub says:

    1 year ago

    Updated version available:

  2. agnotek says:

    1 year ago

    nice, but broken

  3. mikefreeman says:

    2 years ago

    This is nice! One thing that might be nice to see in a future version would be changing your system-wide messaging status (Online, Offline, Away, Busy, etc., just like the Ubuntu messaging menu did). It would also be great if it could interface somehow with Thunderbird and Evolution, to notify you of new messages (some change in the icon and a libnotify message), and have a number next to the program's name in the menu (something like this: "Thunderbird (5)") to show how many new messages there are. Maybe include support for other e-mail checkers as well. I know that's asking a lot, so no worries. This is just my personal wish list.

  4. ValHue says:

    3 years ago

    It takes a long time without updating. With Cinnamon 1.8 does not work, and I think neither did 1.7. Please ADAPT it.

  5. McAwesome says:

    3 years ago

    How do you add user accounts? Facebook for example.

  6. jkawalski says:

    3 years ago

    Starting Skype open next sound settings icon instead of Skype own-Linux Mint 13 Maya 64bit. Except this is a great job!

  7. bownz says:

    4 years ago

    I do not quite understand how to do that. I will look into it when possible.

  8. Lloople says:

    4 years ago

    It's possible to hide the Empathy's icon while this applet is enabled? Anyway great job! :)

  9. bownz says:

    4 years ago

    I added so Gwibber shows up in the menu, yes.

  10. timmie says:

    4 years ago

    Yes, Gibber. Do you think this could be integrated?

  11. bownz says:

    4 years ago

    Timmie, do you mean like Gwibber and what not?

  12. timmie says:

    4 years ago

    Hello, how can Twitter accounts be added to this applet? Any plans to have an integration with the User applet?

  13. bownz says:

    4 years ago

    CaptainMark, I plan to make that exactly. I'm just new to the whole Javascript thing. I am learning and hopefully will figure this stuff out :) If anyone feels they can do it faster, feel welcome to, as I am only one person, with multiple projects. :) Anyone who decides to do this, email me at

  14. CaptainMark says:

    4 years ago

    Good applet, has a lot of potential to be incredible but a long way to go yet, it would be awesome to re create the ubuntu messaging menu (sorry had to make the comparison) outside of unity, and gnome-shell style interactive notifications

  15. bownz says:

    4 years ago

    nef131, Please Email me at . We will sort out the problem.

  16. bownz says:

    4 years ago

    I do not understand. I used the same code in both applets. Are you sure this was the case.?

  17. nef131 says:

    4 years ago

    I have a suggestion for your applet. I previously installed the version of your applet which is separate for Thunderbird and Evolution. I have Thunderbird. I then installed your newest version. There is one functional difference between the two versions which matters to me. Using your newest version, if you initially click on "Compose New Message," you cannot then open up the main area Thunderbird in order to read, for example, new mail. Rather, you need to shut down the message and then open Thunderbird. By contrast, with the prior version, you could do so. While I like that the newest version has an icon for Thunderbird, this lack of functionality - which is also a problem using Cairo dock, so you are in good company - keeps me using the older version of the program. Otherwise, you have written a really good applet.

  18. bownz says:

    4 years ago

    @lu_rodrigo , No I am not sure how to get involved with github.

  19. lu_rodrigo says:

    4 years ago

    Does it have a github? I'm interested in help developing this tool because it was one of the most interesting features on Unity.

  20. bownz says:

    4 years ago

    ^^I think it's possible, just havent found it.

  21. mikefreeman says:

    4 years ago

    This is nice. One thought I had though: maybe someone should try making an applet to interface directly with Ubuntu's Indicators. That way, we wouldn't have to reinvent a bunch of wheels. Only one. That would also solve the notification issue. I wouldn't know where to begin with that since I'm not a coder, but if it's possible, it would be a nice addition, I think. Just a thought.

  22. paulobvega says:

    4 years ago

    Almost perfect! Just missing the notifications. And any chance of making the clients "minimize" to the messaging menu when I click on the "close" button? Thanks for the great job =)

  23. bownz says:

    4 years ago

    Probably isn't going to be another release from me, anyone else can have fun with the project.. I'm trying though.

  24. bownz says:

    4 years ago

    I'm trying for the notifications, I just suck with the codinggg.

  25. z06gal says:

    4 years ago

    Excellent! Agree with py_mint on the notifications. That would make it perfect. Thanks ;)

  26. py_mint says:

    4 years ago

    Really Awesome applet! For the next release, can you add notifications for those clients? 5 stars!