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What’s a good notification daemon for i3?

asked 2012-06-13 11:22:15 +0000

Michael gravatar image

updated 2012-09-09 17:02:30 +0000

joepd gravatar image

When using GNOME, NetworkManager and other applications had these notification thingies. How can I get that in i3?

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answered 2012-06-13 13:42:26 +0000

updated 2012-06-13 13:43:25 +0000

In Ubuntu, the notify-osd comes by default. If using a different distro, you may install it, or the notification-daemon libnotify-bin packages (or whatever name it is if non debian distros).

Testing it:

notify-send --icon=gtk-info Test "This is a test"
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notify-send from the command line is not working for me. Is it working for other i3 users?

Gamonics gravatar imageGamonics ( 2015-02-16 00:03:22 +0000 )edit

Same here. Will investigate.

Weishaupt gravatar imageWeishaupt ( 2015-02-19 18:08:25 +0000 )edit

Installing `notify-osd` worked for me. Cheers :)

dylnmc gravatar imagedylnmc ( 2015-11-02 03:53:55 +0000 )edit

answered 2012-06-19 04:50:38 +0000

gregf gravatar image

I just discovered dunst.

Dunst is a minimalistic notification daemon for Linux. It's designed to fit nicely into minimalistic window managers like dwm, but it should work on any Linux desktop.

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It's a great little notification daemon that can be easily configured. Although if you are a not an Arch Linux user, you'll need to compile it on your own. I needed to install `libxdg-basedir-dev` and `libxss-dev` on my Ubuntu before being able to compile. Install it with `make install`.

MeanEYE gravatar imageMeanEYE ( 2012-06-29 12:26:23 +0000 )edit

I am really enjoying dunst, thanks for pointing it out!

ab5tract gravatar imageab5tract ( 2012-06-30 17:05:18 +0000 )edit

Will vote this up when I get enough karma. Considering the small amount of i3 users, I'm wondering whether the voting karma threshold shouldn't be reduced to 3 (price of asking one question).

lkraav gravatar imagelkraav ( 2012-07-02 10:18:54 +0000 )edit

Wow, I guess I will create a Fedora package for it.

lzap gravatar imagelzap ( 2012-08-27 08:41:52 +0000 )edit

Link is broken, dunst is here:  

Tomas Sandven gravatar imageTomas Sandven ( 2015-04-09 05:00:46 +0000 )edit

answered 2012-06-13 14:43:45 +0000

Zombro gravatar image

I use 'twmn', a notification daemon that dislays notifications in a one-line bar covering the i3bar.

It can display libnotify messages which fit nicely between the workspaces and some i3status output on the i3bar.

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Cool, thanks for the tip! - edit: It depends on qt, still managed to keep that off my system...

joepd gravatar imagejoepd ( 2012-06-14 14:08:16 +0000 )edit

very nice! I'm gonna try that out!

bruno.braga gravatar imagebruno.braga ( 2012-06-15 04:23:04 +0000 )edit

answered 2015-11-02 03:54:49 +0000

dylnmc gravatar image

I thought I would put it into an answer, as well.

Try installing notify-osd

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