This plugin allows you to control Rhythmbox from the system tray. It requires Rhythmbox 2.90+.



With this plugin you can

  • Mute/Unmute playback;
  • Stop playback after current track;
  • Minimize Rhythmbox to the system tray;
  • See the current playing song when you hover the tray icon;
  • Lower or raise the volume by scrolling up or down over the tray icon;
  • Control basic Rhythmbox features (play/pause, stop and go to the previous/next track).


In order to install and use this plugin, you need to install the following packages:

  • gettext;
  • intltool;
  • Rhythmbox 2.90+ (compiled with python support);


Download the latest version in the download area:


Extract its contents and run the following command in a terminal window:

$ ./configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=<libdir>
$ make
# make install

Where <libdir> is /usr/lib or /usr/lib64, depending on where the rhythmbox's plugins directory is installed (/usr/lib/rhythmbox/plugins or /usr/lib64/rhythmbox/plugins).

Activate the plugin

Open or restart Rhythmbox and go to Edit > Plugins > System Tray Icon and activate the plugin.

See also

  • Tray Icon - another Rhythmbox tray icon plugin.