Introduction to libnotify

The libnotify library is used to send desktop notifications to a notification daemon, as defined in the Desktop Notifications spec. 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.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.7 platform.

Package Information

libnotify Dependencies

Optional (Required if building GNOME)




Required (runtime)

notification-daemon-3.14.1 or xfce4-notifyd-0.2.4



GNOME Shell and KDE KWin provide their own notification daemons.

User Notes:

Installation of libnotify

Install libnotify by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.


Installed Program: notify-send
Installed Library:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/libnotify and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/libnotify

Short Descriptions


is a command used to send notifications.

contains the libnotify API functions.

Last updated on 2015-02-26 13:54:24 -0800