Use Do Not Disturb Mode in Ubuntu With NoNotifications


Desktop notifications are an integral part of Ubuntu Unity ecosystem. It notifies you of various things such as Software update availability, new email, new messages or even song changes. You can even use special tactics to get notifications for command completion in the terminal. Comes quite handy.

But there comes a time when you want to focus on more important things and do not want to get distracted. These desktop notifications might be annoying in such cases.

Temporary disabling the notifications is a good idea to be more productive. You can go into settings and disable the notifications. But there is a slightly better way to handle desktop notifications in Ubuntu. How about a dedicated indicator applet whose sole job is to let you disable and enable desktop notifications in one click?

NoNotifcations aims to do the exact same thing. It provides you to quickly enable the ‘do not disturb’ mode in Ubuntu. As long as you have this mode enabled, you won’t see any desktop notifications.

When you are slightly free and are back to normal computing, you can re-enable the desktop notifications.

Install NoNotifications in Ubuntu 16.04, 15.10 and 14.04

There is a PPA available from the developer to install NoNotifications in Ubuntu. Open a terminal and use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vlijm/nonotifs
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nonotifs

Using NoNotifications to get do not disturb mode in Ubuntu

Using NoNotifications is very easy. Once you have installed it, go to Unity Dash and look for NoNotifications. Start this program. You will find the indicator applet in the top panel, on the right side.

There are only two options, so you can’t go wrong here:

  • Don’t disturb
  • Show notifications

When you select Don’t disturb, the indicator applet turns red:

temporary disable notifications in Ubuntu

When you select Show notifications, the indicator applet turns green:

Do not disturb mode in Ubuntu

Lack of features

This indicator applet does what it promises and that is to to provide you a way to easily go into do not disturb mode. But if you compare this do not disturb mode to that of Android, it lacks several feattures.

I suggest the developer to add a few features in next releases to make it a complete application:

  • option for enabling the don not disturb mode for selected time period
  • option to whitelist selected applications from do not disturb mode
  • option to blacklist selected applications and disable do not disturb mode (this can be done in GNOME system settings)

Uninstall NoNotifications

Use the following commands to uninstall NoNotifications:

sudo apt-get remove nonotifs
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:vlijm/nonotifs

How do you like it?

What do you think of NoNotifications? Do you think it is something that can be included in the list of Linux productivity tools? Do share your views.

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