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Minimal set-up for an Ubuntu AppIndicator in Python
from gi.repository import Gtk as gtk
from gi.repository import AppIndicator3 as appindicator
APPINDICATOR_ID = 'myappindicator'
def main():
indicator = appindicator.Indicator.new(APPINDICATOR_ID, 'whatever', appindicator.IndicatorCategory.SYSTEM_SERVICES)
indicator.set_status(appindicator.IndicatorStatus.ACTIVE)
indicator.set_menu(gtk.Menu())
gtk.main()
if __name__ == "__main__":
main()

Under ubuntu 16.04, python 2.7 I get a bunch of error messages about missing version numbers, add to the top of the module:

import gi
gi.require_version('Gtk', '3.0')
gi.require_version('AppIndicator3', '0.1')

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