How to Install Brightness Indicator in Ubuntu 14.10

Last updated: November 17, 2014

Indicator Brightness

The Fn brightness control doesn’t work on your Ubuntu Laptop? Try indicator-brightness, an applet on panel to set your screen brightness, which also supports keyboard shortcuts.

The indicator-brightness is inspired by the original Gnome brightness applet, it allows the Unity users to set screen brightness by using the indicator menu or the scroll wheel of your mouse over the indicator icon. With it, you can assign custom keyboard shortcuts to control brightness with your keyboard.

Install Brightness Indicator Ubuntu 14.10:

It’s easy to install the applet though the developer doesn’t update the package for Ubuntu 14.10. And it works good on my laptop.

To install it, click the link below to go to the developer’s PPA package repository and download the .deb installer for Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty.

Download indicator-brightness

Select download the “indicator-brightness_0.4~bzr11~ubuntu14.04.1_all.deb”. Once downloaded, double-click the package to open it with Ubuntu Software Center and finally click the “install” button.

Once installed, start the applet from the Unity Dash and enjoy!

To add custom shortcuts to control screen brightness:

Open System Settings and navigate to “Keyboard -> Shortcuts tab -> Custom Shortcuts”.

Click the plus sign to add two new shortcuts with:

  • name: Brightness up
    /opt/ --up
  • name: Brightness down
    /opt/ --down

Assign shortcut keys to them and done!


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5 responses to How to Install Brightness Indicator in Ubuntu 14.10

  1. I found a different solution for my Dell Studio 1759 Laptop. I installed intel-linux-graphics-installer_1.0.7-0intel1_amd64 with complete success. Of course this implies that one has Intel graphics. Here’s a link to my solved post on Ubuntu forums

    I really think you have an informative site – keep up the good work!

  2. How to remove it? Doesn’t work for me.

    • Remove it via Synaptic Package Manager, Ubuntu Software Center, or just run command below in a terminal window:

      sudo apt-get remove indicator-brightness
  3. use xbacklight app

    install it by

    sudo apt-get install xbacklight

    and you can change the brightness by typing

    xbacklight =50

    you can make a shortcut for up and down like

    xbacklight -inc 5
    xbacklight -dec 3

  4. Hi,

    Just a “grammar” correction since you requested it: “In works WELL on my computer”

    Merry Christmas!