I'm using Xubuntu 20.10 and have noticed that no notifications come through, and when I check my notifications settings, it says "The notification service is not running. No notifications will be shown." I did some digging and I found that the service wasn't being started automatically. xfce4-notifyd is installed, but I'm not sure how to start it (or for that matter, have it automatically start).

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Solved it on my own! I had to create a launcher in the whisker menu to run /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/xfce4/notifyd/xfce4-notifyd and set it to autostart every time I logged in.


Notifications are handled by the xfce4-notifyd systemd service. To manually start the notification service, run:

$ systemctl start xfce4-notifyd.service
  • Running outputs an error: Failed to start xfce4-notifyd.service: Unit xfce4-notifyd.service not found. Feb 23, 2021 at 18:00
  • is the xfce4-notifyd package installed? Feb 23, 2021 at 18:04
  • Yep, however I actually did get it working. Feb 24, 2021 at 23:41

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