I am trying to use notify-send, but it doesn't display.

I am reasonably sure I have the correct packages installed, but I am not expert in configuring the notification settings.

I know I have some sort of notification package working - I get notifications from Pidgin (sporadically).

What is the correct configuration for notify-send to operate correctly?

  • I have libnotify-bin installed

  • I have the notification-daemon installed


There are no special configuration files as far as I know so I would try and reinstall the package

sudo apt-get --reinstall install libnotify-bin notify-osd
  • You don't have to reinstall the two packages separately, but can do so with a single command: sudo apt-get --reinstall install libnotify-bin notify-osd – Eliah Kagan Jul 5 '12 at 12:39
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    Under Debian Wheezy I need also start notification daemon like /usr/lib/notify-osd/notify-osd – gavenkoa Aug 8 '12 at 19:45
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    I also discover notification-daemon under Debian which have nicer look. – gavenkoa Aug 8 '12 at 19:50
  • For arch users: pacman -Rnsdd libnotify && pacman -Sy libnotify – Mark K Cowan Nov 25 '16 at 16:40

In my case, the notification was not displayed because I had netbeans in full screen mode in the background.

For some weird reason, the message was getting hidden.

  • Strange. Had the same problem with a terminal running full screen trying this. Making it a window magically fixes it. – jaxrtech Apr 10 '14 at 23:19
  • I had the same with PHPStorm, thanks for commenting as it was confusing me as to why it wasn't working. – Chris0 Aug 13 '17 at 18:26

In my case, it only works with a zero time limit (-t 0) or with critical urgency (-u critical).

notify-send -t 0 "Nagging you."
notify-send -u critical "It's critical"

You need to install libnotify-bin to be able to use the "notify-send" command.

  • It's been installed. – Paul Nathan Jul 13 '11 at 20:58
  • @Paul: then it should work... I am sure that's the required package to be able to use notify-send, unless something is wrong with libnotify on your system. – Alin Andrei Jul 14 '11 at 20:56

In my case is because of I accidentally disable Notification Banners settings.

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Note that this answer might not relevant to OP case which claims that Pidgin is working. But it should help someone based on the question title.


little hint:

From: [https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-notifier/+bug/300463]

As described in http://forum.lxde.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=114&p=287 the update-notifier daemon is not run automatically on other desktops who support it, so I don't get automatic updates as specified in the configuration unless I manually run the update-manager (which works alright).



There is a line inside this file read like this:


This line should be changed to: NotShowIn=KDE; Or other unsupported desktops.

I'm using Xubuntu 8.10 and the LXDE desktop environment (that's how I found out)

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