KNotifications is a cross-platform library for creating popup notifications.
It currently supports Linux (and other Unix platforms that implement freedesktop.org notifications), Windows (8 or later), macOS and Android (version 5.0 or later).
Please consult the KDE Human Interface Guidelines for when using Notifications is appropriate.
KNotification is the main entry point for using KNotifications.
The global config file
In order to perform a notification, you need to create a description file, which contains default parameters of the notification. It needs to be installed to knotifications5/appname.notifyrc in a QStandardPaths::GenericDataLocation directory. On Android, this path is qrc:/knotifications5/.
The filename must either match QCoreApplication::applicationName or be specified as the component name to the KNotification object.
- Notifications won't be visible otherwise.
You can do this with the following CMake command, if you use ECM's KDEInstallDirs:
This file contains mainly 2 parts
The global part looks like that
[Global] IconName=myicon Name=Name of Application Comment=A brief description of the application DesktopEntry=DesktopFileName
The icon filename is just the name, without extension. It follows the same behavior as
Icon= as defined in the Freedesktop Desktop Entry specification. The Name field may be used as the application name for popup, it may also be used to visualize the application's notification settings in KCModule instances. If Name is not present, Comment is used instead. Either must be present. Make sure to follow the HIG
The DesktopEntry field is required in order for the application to be listed in the notifications KCModule, and for its notifications to appear in the notification history. Ensure that its value matches the application's desktop file name, that the desktop file name is set in the QGuiApplication or KAboutData desktopFileName property, and that the desktop file is not marked as Hidden.
Definition of Events
The definition of the events forms the most important part of the config file
[Event/newmail] Name=New E-Mail Comment=You have got a new email Action=Sound|Popup
[Event/contactOnline] Name=Contact Goes Online Comment=One of your contact has been connected Sound=filetoplay.ogg Action=None Urgency=Low
These are the default settings for each notifiable event. Action is the string representing the action. Actions can be added to KNotification as plugins, by deriving from KNotificationPlugin. At the time of writing, the following actions are available: Taskbar, Sound, Popup, Logfile, TTS, Execute. Actions can be combined by separating them with '|'.
Urgency can be any of: Low, Normal, Critical.
Example of code
This portion of code will fire the event for the "contactOnline" event
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