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Configurable notifyosd notifications Ubuntu

Using this patched NotifyOSD package, Ubuntu users can customize the NotifyOSD notifications bubbles color and size, position on the screen, close the notifications on click and tweak many other options.

The patched NotifyOSD adds the following features to Ubuntu's notification bubbles (all are optional):
  • close on click: the notifications can be configured to close when clicked on;
  • themes support: change color, width, height, font size, opacity, icon size and more;
  • working timeout option ("-t");
  • change the notification position: top-right, middle-right, bottom-right, bottom-left, middle-left and top-left corners;
  • prevent the notification bubbles from fading out when the mouse pointer hovers over them.

Here's an old video in which you can see the patched NotifyOSD and the tool to configure it - NotifyOSDConfig -, in action:

(direct video link)

Install the patched NotifyOSD and NotifyOSDConfig in Ubuntu

Configurable notifyosd notifications Ubuntu

The instructions below should work under Ubuntu 13.10, 13.04, 12.10 and 12.04.

1. Install the patched NotifyOSD for Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:leolik/leolik 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install libnotify-bin
pkill notify-osd

2. Install NotifyOSDConfig (a GUI to configure the patched NotifyOSD):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:amandeepgrewal/notifyosdconfig
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install notifyosdconfig

Now start NotifyOSDConfig and start tweaking the NotifyOSD notification bubbles.

The close-on-click feature is not enabled by default, so if you want to use this, enable it from NotifyOSDConfig!

Update Feb 5, 2014: Amandeep Grewal updated NotifyOSD Config with all the features supported by the patched NotifyOSD.

Thanks to Sukochev Roman (Leolik) for maintaining the patched NotifyOSD.