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Desktop::Notify(3pm) User Contributed Perl Documentation Desktop::Notify(3pm)


Desktop::Notify - Communicate with the Desktop Notifications framework


Version 0.04


    use Desktop::Notify;
    # Open a connection to the notification daemon
    my $notify = Desktop::Notify->new();
    # Create a notification to display
    my $notification = $notify->create(summary => 'Desktop::Notify',
                                       body => 'Hello, world!',
                                       timeout => 5000);
    # Display the notification
    # Close the notification later


This module provides a Perl interface to the Desktop Notifications framework.

The framework allows applications to display pop-up notifications on an X desktop. This is implemented with two components: a daemon that displays the notifications, and a client library used by applications to send notifications to the daemon. These components communicate through the DBus message bus protocol.

More information is available from <>

This module serves the same purpose as "libnotify", in an object-oriented Perl interface. It is not, however, an interface to "libnotify" itself, but a separate implementation of the specification using Net::DBus.


new %opts

Connect to the notification daemon. %opts can include the following options:

The application name to use for notifications. Default is "basename($0)"
Path to an image to use for notification icons.
The Net::DBus message bus to use. Default is to call Net::DBus->session, which is usually where notification-daemon can be reached.
The DBus service name of the daemon. Default is org.freedesktop.Notifications.
The path to the notifications DBus object. Default is /org/freedesktop/Notifications.
The DBus interface to access the notifications object as. Default is org.freedesktop.Notifications.

create %params

Creates a new notification object that can be displayed later. This will return a Desktop::Notify::Notification object; see that module for information about using it.

close_callback $coderef

Sets a user-specified function to be called whenever a notification is closed. It will be called with one argument, which is the Notification object that was just closed.

action_callback $coderef

Sets a user-specified function to be called whenever an action is invoked. It will be called with two arguments, which are the Notification object on which an action was invoked, and the key of the action invoked.


Stephen Cavilia, "<sac at>"






Please report any bugs or feature requests to "bug-desktop-notify at", or through the web interface at <>. I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.


You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc Desktop::Notify

You can also look for information at:



Copyright 2007 Stephen Cavilia, all rights reserved.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

2018-10-29 perl v5.26.2