notify-send (1) - Linux Manuals

notify-send: a program to send desktop notifications


notify-send - a program to send desktop notifications


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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 information without getting in the user's way.


-?, --help

Show help and exit.

-u, --urgency=LEVEL

Specifies the urgency level (low, normal, critical).

-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.

-h, --hint=TYPE:NAME:VALUE

Specifies basic extra data to pass. Valid types are INT, DOUBLE, STRING and BYTE.


Andre Filipe de Assuncao e Brito <decko [at]>

Original author

Paul van Tilburg <paulvt [at]>

Original author

Riccardo Setti <giskard [at]>

Original author


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