Showing IP address on Ubuntu Top Panel

How often do you look for your computer’s IP address? May be several times in a day by chance you are troubleshooting network connection or may be once in a blue moon. This or whatever the reason, but if you wished to know your IP address at a glance on your desktop, you have landed at right tutorial.

Displaying IP Address in Ubuntu’s Top Panel (System Tray)

I will show you how this can be achieved in few simple steps by using a 100% free utility “Indicator IP”. This guide is tested on Ubuntu 17.10, but should also work on Ubuntu 14.10, 15.04, 15.10 and 16.04 with Unity as well.

Step 1) Launch ‘Terminal’. You can do it from “Activities” or simply use keyobard shortcut <Ctrl> <Alt> <T>.

Step 2) Enter the following command and hit enter to add the Indicator IP repository source to your PC.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:bovender/bovender

Step 3) Update repositories by using update command:

sudo apt-get update

Step 4) Finally, install Indicator IP using this command:

sudo apt-get install indicator-ip

Step 5) Pay attention to the progress in the ‘Terminal’. First you must enter root password and then ‘Y’ when you see the prompt.

Step 6) After installation is complete, enter the following command to launch the program. Note that the program doesn’t have any GUI and so doesn’t get added in the “Activities”. This is the only way to launch the program.


After you enter the command, you will right away see your computer’s IP address on te top panel. The program fetches the IP address using a script from, but you can change it if needed.

indicator-ip -u

For more details on what commands you can use for customized report, head over to the GitHub page provided below. That’s it!

VIAIndicator IP
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