Recent Update: 2010-12-22 | Current Version: 1.3.1

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What is it?

Googsystray is a system tray app for Google Voice, GMail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, and Google Docs. The idea is to be able to keep track of all that stuff without having to keep a bunch of browser tabs open, or constantly checking them. It notifies on new messages, alerts, etc., and provides basic services quickly (Reading or sending a new SMS message, or marking an email read, for example.)

What systems are supported?

Googsystray will run on Win XP/Vista/7/etc with no dependencies (self-installing executable), and any Linux distribution with Python and pygtk installed. You will, of course, need to have a system tray. It will also run on Windows 2k, but see the FAQ for details.

Translators Wanted

If you speak fluent English and another language, and would like to volunteer to help translate googsystray, give me a shout at Basically, it entails translating every string used in the program (a fairly sizable effort), and for later versions, updating any new/changed strings.

Currently, I have translators for:

  1. Chinese (Simplified)
  2. Spanish
  3. Japanese
  4. French
  5. Italian
  6. German
  7. Russian
  8. Dutch

And I most need translators for (judging by site analytics):

  1. Chinese (Traditional)
  2. Turkish
  3. Portuguese

Any other languages are appreciated, of course.


2010-12-22: Version 1.3.1 released. Bugfixes, updated Italian translation.

2010-12-13: Version 1.3.0 released. Bugfixes, better calendar support, contacts support. New Tasks support!

2010-08-29: Version 1.2.4 released. More bugfix.

2010-08-24: Version 1.2.3 released. Version problems -- will only affect the Windows build.

2010-08-23: Version 1.2.2 released. I'm an idiot. :)

2010-08-23: Version 1.2.1 released. Mostly bugfixes, but I've removed Wave support. It was always pretty wonky and with Wave being discontinued, it made sense.

2010-06-21: Version 1.2.0 released. Finally! It doesn't have everything I intended for it, but I had to get it out eventually to start getting some feedback. Tons of new goodies, Snarl support, Docs support, and several new language translations.

2010-04-08: From Leon Keijser: After 2 weeks of testing, and no negative comments, i have pushed the googsystray RPM to the stable repositories. Within a day or 2-3, all mirrors should pick up the changes and people running either Fedora 12 (current stable) or Fedora 13 (now in beta testing) can issue:

$ yum install googsystray

2010-01-05: Version 1.1.4 released. Bugfix on setting 'run command' or 'enable sound' for multiple accounts. Win2k fix (see FAQ)

2010-01-02: Version 1.1.2 released. Minor bugfixes.

2009-12-28: Version 1.1.0 released. Multiple accounts support, Google Apps support, Chinese language support, and a ton of other new goodies.

2009-12-17: Version 1.0.3 released. Windows XP library bugfix -- Linux users still get 1.0.2.

2009-12-14: Version 1.0.2 released. Another 'run command' fix.

2009-12-12: Version 1.0.1 released. Some Windows 7 bugfixes, as well as a fix for the 'run command' bug.

2009-12-02: Version 1.0.0 released. Minor bugfixes.

Current support

Google Voice is the most feature-filled service at the moment. There's almost no reason to ever go to the 'actual' GV page. You can hit a hotkey and pop up a 'new SMS' dialog, and of course replying to unread SMS is already in there. There's no current support for listening to voicemails, although you can see the transcripts.

GMail support is limited. GST is able to monitor your Inbox and any other labels you choose, notify you of new emails, and let you know how many unread emails you have in each label. You're also able to mark messages read, spam, or delete them.

Google Calendar support is limited to notifications on upcoming events (if you've set an alert on the actual Google Calendar page.

Google Reader support is limited to notifications on new RSS articles. It supports a 'low water mark' -- that is, it won't notify you until the number of unread articles has reached a configurable point. I find it's very helpful in managing my feeds without either getting overwhelmed, or wasting time checking it constantly.

Google Wave support supplies notifications for new/unread waves, and a short preview.

Roadmap (Tentative)

1.2 -- By popular demand, the 1.2 minor release series will be about popup notifications, via pynotify on Linux (which works with notifyOSD as well as older notification systems), Snarl and Growl support for Windows, and a native system for those who don't want to install a notification daemon.

1.3 -- Will probably be aiming for the ability to read the full body of emails.

1.4 -- More than likely an attempt to bring in some real Calendar support, more than just simply reminders.