Customize Notify-OSD (On Screen Notifications) in Ubuntu 14.04

Last updated on August 26th, 2015

Want to customize your on screen notification bubbles?

Well, there’s an enhanced version of Notify-OSD available in Launchpad that enables you to:


  • change notification location
  • close bubble on click
  • change color, width, height or other options of bubble
  • add timeout
  • Stops the bubble from fading out when the mouse pointer hovers over it
  • Used Dash background color for bubble background color

To install the Notify-OSD with additional features:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:leolik/leolik

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install notify-osd

Then restart the daemon to apply the changes:

pkill notify-osd

To install a graphical tool to configure Notify-OSD:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install notifyosdconfig

UPDATE 2015-8: For Ubuntu 15.04, you may install Notify-OSD graphical configuration tool via:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gsn/grabbelkiste

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install notifyosdconfig

Launch “NotifyOSD Configuration” from Unity Dash and now you’re able to configure your notification bubbles:

To change the bubble location, run:

gsettings set com.canonical.notify-osd gravity NUMBER

Where the NUMBER can be:

1 – top-right corner
2 – middle-right
3 – bottom-right corner
4 – bottom-left corner
5 – middle-left
6 – top-left corner