I would also want the "unread" count to appear next to the notification icon.

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gm-notify - A simple and lightweight highly Ubuntu 9.04 integrated GMail Notifier which takes advantages of the new and nice notify-osd and indicator-applet.

Setup and configuration gm-notify

  • It does not show the "unread" count as I have asked.
    – jldupont
    Sep 23, 2009 at 15:05

I use CheckGmail, it:

  • Notifies on New Mail
  • Previews New Messages
  • Open New Messages (without a browser)
  • Can Blink LEDs (I think that's cool.)

While unread count isn't part of the icon, it shows when you hover.


If you're only considering to check webmail like Gmail and you've got Firefox running anyway, then an alternative is to give the popular Firefox add-on Webmail Notifier a try.
It features multiple account checking, and also settings for displaying unread mail counts. An icon will appear in the bottom right corner of Firefox's statusbar. Left/right clicking gives you options like unread count, and opening your Gmail inbox in a tab.

  • Thanks but I am running Chrome + the reason I am asking is that my browser window is on a different virtual desktop.
    – jldupont
    Sep 23, 2009 at 16:15

Gmail Notifier Firefox extension shows the in box and unread mails information


Have look on this link http://ubuntu-tutorials.blogspot.com/2007/03/gmail-notifier-for-your-ubuntu-desktop.html

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  • Still no "unread" count in the desktop notification icon...
    – jldupont
    Sep 23, 2009 at 16:39

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