I want to write scripts on Ubuntu that will notify the user through a tool analogous to Growl on OS X (specifically, the growlnotify command-line tool). What's the equivalent tool on Linux called?


Ubuntu can show notifications, which seem to be equivalent to Growl. It is accessible through DBus (for programs) and through the notify-send command (for shell scripts).

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    And how does it work, what's the growlnotify equivalent? – Daniel Beck Jan 19 '11 at 22:06
  • I think it's possible to send notifications from the command line, but I can't seem to find the exact command. – Manu Jan 19 '11 at 22:07
  • I believe the command is notify-send : ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=642997 – Manu Jan 19 '11 at 22:10
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    Now it's a useful answer ;-) Try editing your answer to incorporate that information. Also the zenity and knotify mentions on the forum are probably worth looking into. – Daniel Beck Jan 19 '11 at 22:12
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    I would like to add that notify-osd in Ubuntu (which displays notify-send notifications) has a couple of -horrible- bugs (called "features", seriously) including being unable to set the timeout (even though the -t parameter is documented in notify-send) on bubbles and not being able to show multiple bubbles at once. For me, this renders notify-osd unusable and while there are patches available, I'm looking for an alternative. This is currently the best fit for me: omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/03/… – Jaap Haagmans Jan 17 '14 at 14:46

There is a Growl port for Linux. Found here: Growl-for-linux

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    This is only the growl daemon, it doesn't include the growlnotify command. What is a growl client for linux that can send growl messages? – Will Sheppard Nov 6 '13 at 12:34
  • The linux equivalent of growlnotify is gntp-send. You can grab the source here and build it yourself. I have a question here that covers the process of using this, but more or less the command reads as gntp-send -a "App Name" -s host-ip-address -p "password" "title" "test" where the host ip address is the ip address for the system you want to send the notifications to. – Journeyman Geek Feb 25 '18 at 6:59

if you are using KDE, it is real easy! just use the kdialog command that is built-in to KDE, as in the example below:

kdialog --passivepopup "Example text"

if you happen to be using plain ubuntu, then you need to install the libnotify-bin package by issuing the following command:

sudo apt-get install libnotify-bin

and then you can send messages with like this:

notify-send "Example text"

the kdialog is a bit more interesting because it does way more than just send notifications from the command-line. you can actually build an interactive gui for your bash programs with it!

anyway, i hope this helps.

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