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Homepage:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  3921
Submitted:  Dec 15 2009
Updated:  May 15 2013


What is it?
Colibri provides an alternative to KDE4 Plasma notifications.

Colibri notifications look lighter and are completely passive: they do not provide any buttons. You may or may not like this.

Since they are completely passive, they smoothly fade away when you mouse over them, allowing you to interact with any window behind them.

They also do not stack each others: if multiple notifications happen, they will be shown one at a time.


You need kdelibs >= 4.4.

Colibri can be configured from its System Settings module.
If you need help follow the setup howto at http://gitorious.org/colibri/pages/SetupHowto.

A bit of history

Passive notifications for Plasma first appeared as "Ayatana notifications", an alternative notification system I implemented in Kubuntu Karmic as part of my work for Canonical.

Ayatana notifications were implemented as a patch against the systemtray applet. Colibri is based on this work, but does not require patching any applet.

Colibri contains code I wrote for Canonical, but it is not a Canonical product.


2013.05.14 - 0.3.0
- Bring back drop shadows in KDE SC 4.10
- Use KMessageWidget in KCM
- Remove blank lines between concatenated notifications
- Moved to kde.org git repository

2011.09.25 - 0.2.2
- Plug three small mem leaks. Should also fix a rare crasher. (Aurélien Gâteau)

- Brasilian Portuguese (Caio Romão)
- Slovakian (Slavko)
- Italian (Federico Chiacchiaretta)
- Czech (Pavel Fric)
- Spanish (gejo)

2010.08.06 - 0.2.1
- Disable KWin shadows.
- Quit if we can't register as the notification handler.

2010.08.05 - 0.2.0
New features
- When a second notification arrives from the same application, using the same title, append it to the existing notification.
- Notifications use blurred background on KDE 4.5.
- Notifications use a background halo behind text, similar to what Plasma tooltips do since KDE 4.4, as well as the Plasma theme foreground color.
- Implemented support for the replacesId parameter.
- It is now possible to specify the screen where the notifications will appear.
- A "Preview" button has been added to the KCM.
- It is now possible to start Colibri from within the KCM.
- Turkish translation by Ozan Çağlayan.
- German translation by Michael Gangolf.
- Serbian translation for desktop file by Mladen Pejaković.

- KCM is now translatable.
- The KCM has moved (again!) to the notification group.
- Use an autostart file to start Colibri instead of relying on the DBus service
system. This solves file conflict problems with other notification systems and
ensures Colibri is started when the first KDE notification is sent.
- Fixed linking with gold.

2010.02.16 - 0.1.1
- Moved the KCM to the Desktop category.
- Emit the NotificationClosed() signal when a notification is closed. This fixes double notifications from Banshee.
- Implement the CloseNotification() method.

2009.12.15 - 0.1.0
- First release.

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 Transfert notifications?

 by stribianese91 on: Mar 21 2010
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This is a good work, but can you add the transfert notifications, i.e. when you copy a file? :)

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 Re: Transfert notifications?

 by bk12 on: Mar 21 2010
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Unfortunately this is not possible: file transfers are handled in a totally different way than notifications, they just *look* similar when rendered by Plasma.

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 Re: Re: Transfert notifications?

 by stribianese91 on: Mar 22 2010
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Pity... There is a plasmoid that show there notifies? :)

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 Overriding other package

 by jeanfrancisroy on: Apr 24 2010
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jeanfrancisroyjeanfrancisr oy
Université Laval

Hi! I'd like to try out Colibri and I did a Gentoo package for it. But unfortunately, it tries to override /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.freedesktop.Notifications.service which belongs to x11-misc/notification-daemon package.

Is there a way to avoid this file collision? I mean, if one wants to remove Colibri, he will have to reinstall notification-daemon after... Thanks!

Jean-Francis Roy
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 does it work on kubuntu lucid?

 by bigbrovar on: Apr 24 2010
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I noticed this package now comes with lucid (repo) I installed it but i have not been able to enable it. I tried choosing a position from systemsettings and rebooted like twice still the default notification is what comes up. any thought on this

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 Re: does it work on kubuntu lucid?

 by envalin on: May 1 2010
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Yes, it works. You have to go into System Notifications and disable application notifications. Then enter 'notify-send Hello' in a terminal to test that it works.

Unfortunately, the one thing I find myself needing to do is type that command every time I start my computer :-/ Anyone know how to fix that issue?

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 Re: Re: does it work on kubuntu lucid?

 by SanskritFritz on: May 13 2010
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You just put /usr/bin/colibri into the autostart.

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 Re: Re: does it work on kubuntu lucid?

 by diezahnfee on: May 28 2010
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Hm. It may be that I'm blind, but I can't find the entry "application notifications" in system settings -> notifications. I use kubuntu - kde 4.4.3. Any ideas where I could find it?

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 Re: Re: Re: does it work on kubuntu lucid?

 by envalin on: May 29 2010
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Right click the system tray, System Tray Settings>Application Notifications ;-)

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: does it work on kubuntu lucid?

 by diezahnfee on: May 30 2010
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There it was hidden! And it works!!! Many Thanks!

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 strange grafical effect

 by Morgenstern on: Jun 10 2010
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I installed colibri on my Kubuntu LL from repositories; it works but that's what i get


Why is it so yellow???? And... it's not passive: i can close it (that's good for me, but it's strange for colibri)...

I used to use it on KK and it worked very well...

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 Re: strange grafical effect

 by bk12 on: Jun 10 2010
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What you are seeing is not Colibri: it is Notification-daemon, the default GNOME notification display. You should be able to fix this by uninstalling notification-daemon.

Unfortunately there is no way right now for a DBus service like Colibri or Notification-daemon to specify it should only run on KDE or GNOME.

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 Re: Re: strange grafical effect

 by Morgenstern on: Jun 11 2010
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I disinstalled notification-daemon, now it works very well, tnx

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 Sizing options?

 by therealpxc on: Jun 12 2010
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This notification system is pretty nice, but I would really like the ability to modify the width of the notifications. On my system, I have the notifications set to appear centered on the top section of my screen. There's plenty of horizontal space available, but for longer notifications, the text wraps down in lines in a way that I find frustrating.

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 by DavidEdmundson on: Jun 22 2010
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Anyone know how to get it working in KDE 4.5?

(I need to disable the default KDE notification part, but I can't figure out how)

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 Re: KDE4.5

 by DavidEdmundson on: Jun 24 2010
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Found it.
Right click on the "i" in the circle. Notification Settings
Uncheck Application notifications

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