HackerTray is a simple Hacker News Linux application that lets you view top HN stories in your System Tray. It relies on appindicator, so it is not guaranteed to work on all systems. It also provides a Gtk StatusIcon fallback in case AppIndicator is not available.
The inspiration for this came from Hacker Bar, which is
Mac-only. I tried to port it to
node-webkit, but had to do it in Python instead
because nw doesn't support AppIndicators yet.
##Installation HackerTray is distributed as a python package. Do the following to install:
sudo pip install hackertray OR sudo easy_install hackertray OR #Download Source and cd to it sudo python setup.py install
After that, you can run
hackertray from anywhere and it will run. You can
now add it to your OS dependent session autostart method. In Ubuntu, you can
access it via:
- System > Preferences > Sessions
- System > Preferences > Startup Applications
depending on your Ubuntu Version. Or put it in
if you are running OpenBox. Here is how the
configuration should look like in Ubuntu and its derivatives.
The latest stable version is always the one available on pip.
You can check which version you have installed with
pip freeze | grep hackertray.
To upgrade, run
pip install -U hackertray. In some cases (Ubuntu), you might
need to clear the pip cache before upgrading:
sudo rm -rf /tmp/pip-build-root/hackertray
- Minimalist Approach to HN
- Opens links in your default browser
- Remembers which links you opened
- Shows Points/Comment count in a simple format
If the app indicator fails to show in Ubuntu versions, consider installing python-appindicator with
sudo apt-get install python-appindicator
- Abhay Rana (email@example.com)
##Licence Licenced under the MIT Licence.