man Gtk2::TrayIcon () - Perl interface to the EggTrayIcon library


Gtk2::TrayIcon - Perl interface to the EggTrayIcon library


  use Gtk2::TrayIcon;

  my $icon= Gtk2::TrayIcon->new("test");
  my $label= Gtk2::Label->new("test");



This module allows a Perl developer to embed an arbitrary widget in a System Tray like the Gnome notification area.


EggTrayIcon is slated for inclusion in Gtk+ at some point, which is the reason the CWGtk2::TrayIcon namespace. As all egg libs, EggTrayIcon is not considered api stable and its not installed as a shared object.

Enough about what it is not, CWGtk2::TrayIcon is first and foremost a simple way of giving a Gtk2 script access to the system tray.

System Trays are found in both KDE and Gnome. But neither support the spec fully (see below).

CWGtk2::TrayIcon is a subclass of CWGtk2::Plug and should be used as such.


5 methods are available. This creates a widget already connected to the notification area of CW$screen. CW$screen should be a CWGtk::Gdk::Screen.

$trayicon= Gtk2::TrayIcon->new($name)
Like CWnew_from_screen but uses the default screen of the active display. Ask the tray to display CW$message for CW$timeout milliseconds. If CW$timeout is 0, the message will not expire. Note that it is up to the tray to decide what to do with the message both Gnome and KDE just ignores it.
Ask the tray to cancel the message.


Glib, Gtk2 and The System Tray Spec


Christian Borup <gtk2-perl at borup dot com>


Copyright 2003 by the gtk2-perl team.

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