If you use any web-apps or websites in Chrome that provide notification pop-ups on your desktop then you’ll know how out of place they look in Ubuntu.

For although Chrome’s notification ‘toasts’ are consistent across all three major operating systems – that is they look and behave the same on Windows, Mac and Linux – they are, unlike, say, Windows, where there is no unified notification system, at odds with the way Ubuntu users are used to seeing their new e-mail, chat or tweet alerts.

For example, here is a Chrome notification on the Ubuntu desktop as it looks by default:

And here’s the same notification from Chrome but delivered using Ubuntu’s native notification system:

tweetdeck web app shows native notifications in Ubuntu

Much better, right? And all it requires is one extension.


The extension, called ‘Linux Native Notifications’, supports GNOME-Shell desktop notifications as well as those used by Unity, and should work on ubuntu 11.10 onwards.

It’s a fork of the now-defunct Chromify-OSD extension by developer Tualatrix Chou.

Just hit the download button below to be taken to the Chrome Webstore listing for the item.

Linux Native Notification Extension for Chrome

Download chrome chromeextensions notify-osd