I use Unity in 16.04. For some reason, I am not getting popup notifications for low battery. I have to rely on battery icon in top panel to see if battery is on the " low battery " side. Is the default behaviour in 16.04 ? Or I am not getting pop ups for low battery ?

  • You might try reinstallingindicator-power package。 If you want, i could also provide a script that can give you notification – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Jul 20 '16 at 13:37
  • Thanks @Serg , kindly give me the commands to do the same. – user227495 Jul 20 '16 at 13:39
  • ok, i will post an answer in a few minutes. – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Jul 20 '16 at 13:40
  • comments under my post have been moved to chat. We can continue troubleshooting there. – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Jul 22 '16 at 10:08
  • @SergiyKolodyazhnyy Is this a low laptop battery or the motherboard battery. Does the solution discussed also refer to the motherboard's cmos battery normally used for keeping the clock alive? – simgineer Feb 4 '19 at 19:46

Attempt reinstalling indicator-power with this command:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall indicator-power

If that doesn't solve the issue, consider using the battery monitoring script as provided by one of my previous answers : https://askubuntu.com/a/603322/295286

Below is python script that can notify you when battery charge gets past certain percentage, and suspend system once it is bellow 10 %. Usage is simple:

python battery_monitor.py INT

Where INT is integer value of your desired battery percentage at which you should receive notification, for example 30.

You can also add the above command to Startup Applications to start this script on every login into Unity session

Source code

As per OP requests in chat and comments , the script now takes two arguments, first for discharge notification and second os for charge notification.

Also available as Github Gitst

#!/usr/bin/env python
from gi.repository import Notify
import subprocess
from time import sleep, time
from sys import argv
import dbus

def send_notification(title, text):
        if Notify.init(argv[0]):
            n = Notify.Notification.new("Notify")
            n.update(title, text)
            if not n.show():
                raise SyntaxError("sending notification failed!")
            raise SyntaxError("can't initialize notification!")
    except SyntaxError as error:
        if error == "sending notification failed!":

def run_cmd(cmdlist):
        stdout = subprocess.check_output(cmdlist)
    except subprocess.CalledProcessError:
        if stdout:
            return stdout

def run_dbus_method(bus_type, obj, path, interface, method, arg):
    if bus_type == "session":
        bus = dbus.SessionBus()
    if bus_type == "system":
        bus = dbus.SystemBus()
    proxy = bus.get_object(obj, path)
    method = proxy.get_dbus_method(method, interface)
    if arg:
        return method(arg)
        return method()

def suspend_system():
                    'Suspend', 'None')

def get_battery_percentage():
    output = run_cmd(['upower', '--dump']).decode().split('\n')
    found_battery = False
    for line in output:
        if 'BAT' in line:
            found_battery = True
        if found_battery and 'percentage' in line:
            return line.split()[1].split('%')[0]

def main():
    end = time()
    battery_path = ""
    for line in run_cmd(['upower', '-e']).decode().split('\n'):
        if 'battery_BAT' in line:
            battery_path = line
    while True:
        notified = False
        while subprocess.call(['on_ac_power']) == 0:

            run_dbus_method('system', 'org.freedesktop.UPower',
                            battery_path, 'org.freedesktop.UPower.Device',
                            'Refresh', 'None')
            battery_percentage = int(get_battery_percentage())
            if battery_percentage == int(argv[2]) and not notified:
               subprocess.call( ['zenity', '--info','--text', 'Battery reached' + argv[2] + '%'  ]  ) 
               notified = True
        while subprocess.call(['on_ac_power']) == 1:

            run_dbus_method('system', 'org.freedesktop.UPower',
                            battery_path, 'org.freedesktop.UPower.Device',
                            'Refresh', 'None')
            battery_percentage = int(get_battery_percentage())

            if battery_percentage <= int(argv[1]):
                if battery_percentage <= 10:
                    send_notification('Low Battery',
                                      'Will suspend in 60 seconds')
                if end < time():
                    end = time() + 600
                    send_notification('Low Battery', 'Plug in your charger')

if __name__ == '__main__':
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  • Comments are not for extended discussion. This conversation has been moved to chat. – terdon Jul 22 '16 at 10:06

This is not normal i have a 16.04 running and get popups but i'm using a gnome shell tho.

You can make a script that gives you a message.

battery_level=`acpi -b | grep -P -o '[0-9]+(?=%)'`
if [ $battery_level -le 10 ]
    notify-send "Battery low" "Battery level is ${battery_level}%!"

Then make a cron job and run it every few minutes.

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  • Thanks @Arne N. I do not know how to run corn jobs though. Also, any way to fi the core files so that we can skip the script ? – user227495 Jul 20 '16 at 13:39
  • To make a cron job open up the terminal type in crontab -e choose the nano editor (only if you never made a cron job) by pressing 2 and enter, after that a file wil open scroll down to the bottom and add a new line. /2 * * * * my-script.sh Press ctrl + x and then type yand enter. That should work. No idea about the core files sorry. – Cyber_Star Jul 20 '16 at 13:49
  • Will do. I am still trying it one by one. Was hoping to fix it through core files. – user227495 Jul 21 '16 at 2:55
  • thx! I put this command at startupapps bash -c 'while true;do n="$(acpi -b |egrep "[[:digit:]]*%" -o |tr -d "%")";declare -p n;if((n<30));then notify-send "Low battery warning!" "$n%";fi;sleep $((5*60));done' – VeganEye Apr 28 at 16:00

Yes, This is normal. I have written a simple bash script for setting up battery notifications.

#!/usr/bin/env bash
# check if acpi is installed.
if [ `dpkg -l | grep acpi | grep -v acpi-support | grep -v acpid | grep -c acpi` -ne 1 ]; then
    echo "run 'sudo apt install acpi' then run '$0' again."

if [ $# -eq 1 ] && [ "$1" == "--install" ]; then
    echo "installing battery notifier..."

    if [ ! -e "$HOME/bin" ]; then
        mkdir $HOME/bin

    cp $0 $HOME/bin/bn.sh
    (crontab -l 2>/dev/null; echo "*/2 * * * * $HOME/bin/bn.sh") | crontab -

    # check if power adapter is plugged in, if not, check battery status.
    if [ -z "`acpi -a | grep on-line`" ]; then
        batlvl=`acpi -b | grep -P -o '[0-9]+(?=%)'`

        if [ $batlvl -le 15 ] && [ $batlvl -ge 11 ]; then
            notify-send "Battery is at $batlvl%. Please plug your computer in."
        elif [ $batlvl -le 10 ] && [ $batlvl -ge 6 ]; then
            notify-send "Battery is at $batlvl%. Computer will shutdown at 5%."
        elif [ $batlvl -le 5 ]; then
            sleep 3
            shutdown -h now

I also Have this and instructions on my github account. I hope this helps and makes it easier for you.

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I found an excellent app that does it for low battery, full battery and so on.

Read this


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