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TrayIcon is a multiplatform System Tray component. It currently works on the following widgetsets: win32, Gtk1, Gnome, Gtk2. In the future it will also work for Carbon ( Mac OS X ) and Qt 4.

Two interfaces are supplied, a visual component and a non-visual object. The non-visual object is called SystrayIcon and it is compatible with Delphi. The visual component is called TTrayIcon and works only on Lazarus.

To start quickly, please read the demonstration program.


Bellow is a list of all methods, properties and events of the component. They have the same names and work the same way on the visual component and on the non-visual object.

A function works on all target platforms unless written otherwise.



procedure Show;

Shows the icon on the system tray.


procedure Hide;

Removes the icon from the system tray.


function GetPosition: TPoint;

Returns the position of the tray icon on the display. This function is utilized to show message boxes near the icon. Currently it is only a stub, no implementations are available and TPoint(0, 0) is returned.



property Hint: string;


property ShowHint: Boolean;


property PopUpMenu: TPopUpMenu;

A PopUp menu that appears when the user right-clicks the tray icon.



property OnPaint: TNotifyEvent;

Use this to implement custom drawing to the icon. Draw using the canvas property of the icon.

Note: Does not work on win32.


property OnClick: TNotifyEvent;


property OnDblClick: TNotifyEvent;


property OnMouseDown: TMouseEvent;


property OnMouseUp: TMouseEvent;


property OnMouseMove: TMouseMoveEvent;



Felipe Monteiro de Carvalho

Andrew Haines


Modifyed LGPL.


Status: Stable

Can be located at any recent Lazarus install at the directory: lazarus/components/trayicon


GTK2 WORKAROUND There is a problem with Trayicon on Linux with GTK2 and FPC 2.1.x or newer. The problem is that TrayIcon includes a unit called gdk2x.pp (actually the unit is located inside the opengl component but TrayIcon compiles it into itself). This unit has been added to FPC as of version 2.1.x but it still in the lazarus sources as well, because it doesn't exist on the latest stable FPC (2.0.4). This means that when you install TrayIcon Lazarus will refuse to build the GTK2 LCL complaining that it cannot find unit GTKint. If you look at the messages however you will see the true error: the checksum for gdk2x has changed (this is the result of the duplication). To overcome this, you need to remove either the gdk2x.pp file from the lazarus tree, or the gdk2x.o and gdk2x.ppu file from your FPC units directory. This will be fixed once fpc 2.2.0 is released, at which time gdk2x.pp will be removed from lazarus, so consider this a temporary work-around.

Demonstration program 1

This program will load a icon from a internal resource on Windows or from an external file on other platforms.

To create and link the icon resource to your Windows software you must:

1. Create a traytest.rc resource script, like this:

101               ICON                    "icon1.ico"

2. Compile the resource script into a .res file with windres. Windres is supplied with Lazarus.

windres -i traytest.rc -o traytest.res

Now you can write the test program. Create a new program with 1 form. Go to your source file and add this on the interface section:

{$ifdef win32}
  {$R traytest.res}

Next add a button to the form. Double click the button and add this code to it:

procedure MyForm.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
  IDI_ICON1         = 101;
{$ifdef win32}
  SystrayIcon.Icon.Handle := LoadIcon(hInstance, MAKEINTRESOURCE(IDI_ICON1));
  //7 march 2006 - Loading from icon file (see next line) seems buggy on win32 at this time
  //7 march 2006 - You may experience problems with rendering using .ico files (buggy display), 
  //               if then try using xpm (resolved the problem on fedora core 4 / Gnome)

  SystrayIcon.ShowHint := True;
  SystrayIcon.Hint := 'my tool tip';

  SystrayIcon.PopUpMenu := MyPopUpMenu;

  • NOTE * Win32 Developers Add:
   jwawinuser; // contains LOADICON

to your implementation code. And even though you can place an icon in the icon property, the current code only works if you "LoadIcon" from the resource. Also, for some odd reason the environment by default does not support WM_USER+ messages, you will need to add "-dPassWin32MessagesToLCL" (without quotations) to support the messaging code. The steps are, click Tools -> Configure "Build Lazarus"..., and add that compiler option to "Options". If you have any existing options, they are "space" delimited.


Located under components/trayicon/ on the latest subversion Lazarus.

Help, Bug Reporting and Feature Request

Please, post Bug Reports and Feature Requests on the Lazarus Bugtracker.

Help requests can be posted on the Lazarus mailling list or on the Lazarus Forum.

Change Log

  1. 17/01/2006 - Available as a preview on the Lazarus subversion. Still under heavy construction, however.
  2. 24/01/2006 - Stable under win32, gnome and gtk1, but still waiting for gtk2 support. Lazarus 0.9.12 was release with this version.
  3. 17/02/2006 - Added support for gtk2 on subversion.

Technical Details

A difficulty on the development of this component was the many differences on the system tray implementation on various OSes and even Window Managers on Linux. To solve this, the component tries to implement the minimal set of features common to all target platforms. Below is a list of the features implemented on each platform:

Windows - Multiple system tray icons per application are supported. The image of the icon can be altered using a HICON handle. Events to the icon are sent via a special message on the user reserved space of messages (>= WM_USER) to the Window which owns the Icon. No paint events are sent to the Window.

  • NOTE * for some odd reason the environment by default does not support WM_USER+ messages, you will need to add "-dPassWin32MessagesToLCL" (without quotations) to support the messaging code. The steps are, click Tools -> Configure "Build Lazarus"..., and add that compiler option to "Options". If you have any existing options, they are "space" delimited.

Linux (Gnome, KDE, IceWM, etc) - Multiple system tray icons per application are supported. The image of the icon is actually a very small Window, and can be painted and receive events just like any other TForm descendant.

Linux (WindowMaker, Openbox, etc) - Does not support system tray icons out-of-the-box. However, There are at least two softwares that provides support for it: Docker and WMSystray

Mac OS X - This system does not really have System Tray icons in the way Linux and Windows have them. This component attempts to use tray-like features of Mac OS X to implement a tray icon. Every application on Mac OS X has a Dock icon. The software can assign a popup menu for this Dock, and this is probably how TrayIcon for Mac OS will work in the future. One compatibility problem is that only one Dock per application can exist.

You can see here is how it will look like:

With this in mind a approach which supports all Platforms was created:

  • Only one Systray Icon is supported per application, and all applications that use the component have it initialized on the startup of the program. This way you will use the SystrayIcon object, and not its class. (Required by Mac OS X)
  • Painting is done via a TIcon object (required by Windows).

The following extra features are already available or will be, but they won´t work on all platforms.

  • Multiple Systray Icons. Will not work on Mac OS X.
  • OnPaint event and Canvas property to draw the icon freely. Won´t work on Windows.

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