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notify-send - a program to send desktop notifications


notify-send [OPTIONS] <summary> [body]


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.


-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.

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.


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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).
November 2005 notify-send 0.2.2