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Failed to add Plugin to the panel in Gnome Desktop


Hi Geeks,

This post was prepared for guide you how to resolve “Failed to add Plugin to the panel” error and how to add custom installed software icon in Gnome Desktop. The steps followed in this post is also similar to other Debian distributions.

Failed to add plugin to the panel
The name org.xfce.Panel was not provided by any.sevice


  • Why this error occurs?
  • Solution

Why this error occurs ?

During installing Tor Browser in my Kali (Gnome Desktop), I was encountered by the following error.

  This error was occurred due to gnome panel. In XFCE4 Desktop during installing Tor, am doesn’t face any errors. In gnome’s new version the permission of the panel was completely changed. So you don’t have permission to add any third party icons to the panel. so you was failed to add plugin or icon to the panel.


You have two ways to resolve this bug,

  • You want to change the permission of gnome panel.
  • Otherwise register your app in your system’s default application list.

Changing permission of gnome panel is difficult. So, I prefer second option.

Register your Application:

Open a terminal and switch the directory to where the file was located.

Now type the following command for registration,

mk007@linuxlia:~# ./start-tor-browser.desktop --register app

Finally the app was successfully registered to the Kali Linux default App list. Now the application have the permission to adding it’s icon to the panel. So, it start to execute with out any errors.

After the complete execution the icon was successfully added to the gnome panel.

Another method:

In gnome desktop there is no inbuilt option for adding icons. So you want to add gnome extensions for adding icons to the desktop.

Gnome Extensions:

GNOME Shell Extensions is a collection of extensions providing additional and optional functionality to GNOME Shell.


  • Download and Add Gnome extensions in your browser.
  • Install Desktop icon Extension.

Read the full post here.


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