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

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


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  1. I’ve tried moving the notification bubble using the controls using this but it doesn’t work. I’m running Ubuntu 14.04, and I have Pidgin installed and everytime I get a message or someone signs on or sifngs off that bubble pops up in the top right corner, but I would rather have it in the bottom right corner. Even after setting my preferences for this…the notifications still appear in the top right. Wonder what needs to be done here…

  2. i am not able to launch the notifyosdconfig even after having installed the package.what should i do?

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