I am working on Ubuntu 18.04 and trying to use notify-send via terminal, but nothing happens. It gets stuck for some time and that's it. Can someone please suggest a solution?

In syslog, it is showing the message:
org.kde.notifications:WaitForName: Service was not registered within timeout.

I tried starting the service
but I got an error status: unrecognised service.

The command I am trying to run is:
notify-send "usb detected"

  • 2
    You are using proper syntax? Show a command that does not work as expected, and then helpers at least will be sure it is not an issue of using a wrong command. Edit your question and add an example of a command that does not behave as you expect.
    – vanadium
    Sep 15, 2020 at 15:54
  • Are you running this command as root? Sep 16, 2020 at 16:59
  • @Zany_Zachary1 no directly from shell for testing Sep 17, 2020 at 17:20
  • Do any other notifications work? What about zenity? Sep 17, 2020 at 18:31
  • @ajgringo619 it didn't. Sep 19, 2020 at 2:21

2 Answers 2


After a bit of research, i found that there no service file named org.desktop.Notifications in my ubuntu.

So, i created org.desktop.Notifications.service with Exec having path of Notification-daemon and now it is working.


On my (x)ubuntu installation I was required to run notify-send as root in order to get it working. This is not ideal and not really recommended but you can test if it works or not.

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