Firefox may be the default browser in many Linux distributions but it’s far from being the most tightly integrated.
For all its open-source charm Firefox does not use native system notifications on any of the leading Linux desktops, instead using its own in-browser dialogs.
These pop-ups are useful enough for most users. But the pedants pursuing the perfect desktop experience, an alternative solution is available.
GNotifier for Firefox
GNotifier is a small add-on for Firefox that passes in-browser alerts to the default notification system.
It integrates with Unity, KDE, GNOME or XFCE. For example, on Ubuntu, you’ll see a Notify-OSD bubble when a download completes, or a browser restart is required.
To work, the add-on requires the libnotify package to be installed. This is included out-of-the-box on Ubuntu, but other distros and desktops may vary so make sure to check beforehand.
As a free, optional extra, this extensions is a nice touch and works as intended. It’s ideal for anyone looking to keep on top of their downloads.
GNotifier is a free extension for Firefox and is available direct from the Mozilla Add-Ons website.