Have you ever missed a notification pop-up in Ubuntu?

I have, and whilst Notify OSD – the proper name for the alert delivery system used in Ubuntu – can hardly be called a ‘blink and you miss it’ affair, it is, still, possible to miss notifications whilst you’re off making coffee or tending to a harem of guinea pigs.

That’s where this ‘Recent Notifications’ applet comes into play. The service it provides is simple enough: it logs all notifications that show up on your screen – whether you act on them or not.

notify OSD indicator


I’m struggling to find a use case of my own in which I’d need to see missed notifications (Chat, Gwibber etc are all stored in the Messaging Menu for example) but if I am on the look out for gaining a more detailed report of a missed notification (such as an IRC message) then this applet would certainly be helpful.


Grab the .debs below. Work with Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10.

or add the PPA, again for Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10: –
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jconti/recent-notifications
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install indicator-notifications
Indicator Applets notifyosd