I have added Akregator to the list of startup applications, but it opens up window every time I boot into my system. Is there a way to make it not open the window and start silently in the system tray?

  • Does Akregator itself has a tray icon ?
    – daisy
    Aug 30, 2012 at 3:16
  • @warl0ck, yes, it does. Aug 30, 2012 at 3:59
  • So configure it, if it doesn't provide an option, fire a bug report or modify the source code, find the part of KSystemTrayIcon
    – daisy
    Aug 30, 2012 at 5:10
  • @warl0ck, the question is about Akregator fetching feeds at boot up without opening up its window, and not about adding Akregator launcher to system tray. Aug 30, 2012 at 14:23

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Starting akregator only in tray and without having to close the window is possible by calling

akregator --hide-mainwindow

The built-in help explains:

--hide-mainwindow         Hide main window on startup

I don't know if there's any specific command-line or configuration option for Akregator, but I use a program called alltray to start up applications minimised in my XFCE tray.

e.g. I launch iceowl (debian standalone version of mozilla calendar) at login with a wrapper script that runs exec /usr/bin/alltray --sticky /usr/bin/iceowl

According to the man page, alltray works with Gnome, KDE, XFCE 4, Fluxbox and WindowMaker.

Alltray is probably packaged already for your distro, or it can be found at http://alltray.trausch.us/


Yes and no. I do not see a way to prevent akregator from from opening it's window when you execute it directly. But if you enable it's tray, an minimize it to tray, log out, then log back in, kwin (or some combination of other things) remembers to start it minimized to tray. So basically the answer is to leave it minimized to tray when you log out. ( tested KDE 4.9 )

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