a program to send desktop notifications


Show a notification with the title "Test" and the content "This is a test"

$ notify-send "[Test]" "[This is a test]"

Show a notification with a custom icon

$ notify-send -i [icon.png] "[Test]" "[This is a test]"

Show a notification for 5 seconds

$ notify-send -t 5000 "[Test]" "[This is a test]"

Show a notification with an app's icon

$ notify-send "[Test]" --icon=[google-chrome]


notify-send [OPTIONS]



With notify-send you can send desktop notifications to the user via a notification daemon from the command line. These notifications can be used to inform the user about an event or display some form of informa‐ tion without getting in the user's way.


-u, --urgency=LEVEL Specifies the urgency level (low, normal, criti‐ cal). -t, --expire-time=TIME The duration, in milliseconds, for the notification to appear on screen. (Ubuntu's Notify OSD and GNOME Shell both ignore this parameter.) -i, --icon=ICON[,ICON...] Specifies an icon filename or stock icon to display. -c, --category=TYPE[,TYPE...] Specifies the notification category. Help options: -?, --help Show this help message -h, --hint=TYPE:NAME:VALUE Specifies basic extra data to pass. Valid types are int, double, string and byte. SEE ALSO The Desktop Notification Spec on http://www.galago-


This manual page was written by Andre Filipe de Assuncao e Brito and Paul van Tilburg and Riccardo Setti for the Debian project (but may be used by others).

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