My Google calendar notifications keep popping up. Every single one of them. I have turned off Firefox notifications in the Settings menu. I tried this but there is no preference menu in my Ubuntu 20.4.



Please, does anyone know how to turn off the calendar pop ups?

  • This notification is caused by the evolution-data-server package, but DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE IT! Both ubuntu-desktop and gdm3 depend on it and you will boot to a text shell the next time you reboot
    – Boltgolt
    Jan 6, 2022 at 20:00
  • Note that this has nothing to do with Firefox notifications.
    – Flimm
    Nov 4, 2022 at 9:04

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If you added online accounts, go to settings > Applications > calendar, then turn off notifications

Or you can go to settings > online accounts > google account the calendar option

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    This didn't work for me in Ubuntu 20.10
    – Flimm
    Mar 4, 2021 at 14:25
  • 4
    The calendar option is not available in my Applications tab. Deactivating the calendar option in the Google Account did not change anything. Apr 13, 2021 at 6:29
  • sometimes it can be other things. If you don't want them at all, try askubuntu.com/a/1297664/1025264.
    – Plasma
    Apr 13, 2021 at 22:15
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    I can confirm this works for me in 20.04.
    – waldyrious
    Aug 12, 2021 at 13:55
  • Doesn't do anything in Ubuntu 22.04.
    – FractalBob
    Dec 6, 2023 at 10:11

You can suppress the ugly pop-up window – but keep the less obtrusive Gnome Shell notification – by setting /org/gnome/evolution-data-server/calendar/notify-with-tray in dconf.

I discovered this from a comment in a related evolution-data-server bug report (GNOME/evolution-data-server#60).

Option 1: Use dconf Editor

Install dconf Editor if it's not already installed:

sudo apt install dconf-editor

Launch dconf Editor:

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Navigate to /org/gnome/evolution-data-server/calendar and set notify-with-tray to "on":


Option 2: Use gsettings

Alternatively, a quicker way to turn this setting on is to issue following command in the terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.evolution-data-server.calendar notify-with-tray true
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    This didn't work for me (either via the dconf GUI or gsettings) in Ubuntu 20.04 Sep 1, 2021 at 13:02
  • Does not work in Ubuntu 20.04 either for me Dec 2, 2021 at 7:53

Currently it's the way how evolution notification daemon is working. If u want to disable just reminders, but keep notifications you can do it by so:

  • Copy the file /etc/xdg/autostart/org.gnome.Evolution-alarm-notify.desktop to your local .config/autostart folder.
  • Open the copy with a text editor, and change the line OnlyShowIn=GNOME;Unity;XFCE;Dawati;MATE; to NotShowIn=GNOME;

Now keep in mind, that you can replace GNOME by any distro you're using.

You need to log out then back in for the change to take effect.

  • It would be nice to disable just the sound, as it makes an annoying alarm clock sound.
    – Kaigo
    Nov 25, 2020 at 10:11
  • I think you need to log out and log in again for the changes to take effect.
    – Flimm
    Mar 4, 2021 at 14:27
  • In Ubuntu 21.04, the instructions are the same, except you only need to add the line NotShowIn=GNOME. You don't need to delete the existing line as it doesn't exist any more.
    – Flimm
    Jun 8, 2021 at 14:55

Switch of the notifications of "Evolution Alarm Notify" without any need to open scripts or files just like so:

  1. Search for Notifications in Ubuntu's search bar (hit the windows key), which is a menu point of the Settings. It looks like

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  1. Click on "Evolution Alarm Notify", which looks like

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  1. Switch off as per your preferences.
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    Didn't work for me on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Sure seems like it should, though. Feb 19, 2023 at 16:46

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