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Make Firefox Use Native Linux Notifications in Unity, XFCE And GNOME Shell

gnotifier for firefox

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.

Installing GNotifier

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.

GNotifier Add-On For Firefox