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I am looking for the source code for a plasma kind of popup and edit it to display my own messages.

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This is the type of the popup i have been looking for. Can anyone suggest me some links. Thank you.

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It's called NotifyOSD. – Uri Herrera Apr 19 '13 at 7:10
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The package you're looking for is notify-osd.


  • Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T).
  • Run the following command:

    sudo apt-get install notify-osd


You can run it using notify-send.

For example, to make a notification:

notify-send <message>

where <message> is the message you'd like in the notification.

So, if you write notify-send "Hello World", the output would be something like

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There are plenty of other options which you can read on the man page.

-u, --urgency=LEVEL Specifies the urgency level (low, normal, critical).

-t, --expire-time=TIME Specifies the timeout in milliseconds at which to expire the notification.

-i --icon=ICON[,ICON...] Specifies an icon filename or stock icon to display.

P.S.: If you'd like to modify the notifications, here is an answer that does just that.

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Wow! This is exactly what i needed. Thanks a ton. – thanmai Apr 19 '13 at 8:52

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