Description:

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.

Dependencies

You need kdelibs >= 4.4.

Setup
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.
Last changelog:

4 years ago

2013.05.14 - 0.3.0
Fixes
- 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
Fixes
- Plug three small mem leaks. Should also fix a rare crasher. (Aurélien Gí¢teau)

Translations
- Brasilian Portuguese (Caio Romí£o)
- Slovakian (Slavko)
- Italian (Federico Chiacchiaretta)
- Czech (Pavel Fric)
- Spanish (gejo)

2010.08.06 - 0.2.1
Fixes
- 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 í‡aÄŸlayan.
- German translation by Michael Gangolf.
- Serbian translation for desktop file by Mladen Pejaković.

Fixes
- 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.

shapirus

2 years ago

Hi,

any idea how to make colibri work with Plasma 5.3.0?

ii kde-notification-colibri 0.3.0-2ubuntu1 amd64 passive notification system for kde4

this is Kubuntu 15.04 with the latest Plasma upgrades installed from http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-ppa/backports/ubuntu

There isn't even an option to choose between colibri or native notifications in system settings anymore.

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CxOrg

2 years ago

Colibri will only run and appear with the desktop style if Plasma notifications are switched on at login then disabled to allow Colibri to be started. Otherwise there is some conflict at login to KDE which results in unstyled popups and Colibri reporting that plasma notifications are not started in the Colibri system settings pane.

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Sitri

2 years ago

Seemly randomly text will show up behind the icon in the notification
http://i.imgur.com/kROWSWX.png <- bad text
http://i.imgur.com/CD0ZUdN.png <- what it should look like

Any ideas as to if this is something on my end or a bug in the colibri code? If it is any idea where it might be? I'm using the latest code from the anongit kde repo.

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Skywalker8921

3 years ago

Hey, nice work!

Just a question though: on my system it looks like this: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/27582148/capture_colibri.png

A tiny popup, and half-hidden behind the panel. I understand that the size and position cannot be changed for the moment, but do you have any idea what I could do to get the expected position?

(The window being opaque is not a problem, I use a computer without graphical effects. I hope it is not the root cause of the issue though)

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arcanis

3 years ago

Hi
Thank you for your work!

But some applications, such as Qutim, have text-like notification, for example, newline symbol is "\n" (not <br> as it is needed for html code). It would be nice if you will add a replacement of the symbol to the correct one. And I've created a patch that does it. (I know there are a lot of ways to do it.) Link to the patch is:
https://github.com/arcan1s/pkgbuild/blob/master/colibri-line/fix-line.patch

And I would be happy if you will add support for jobs too, such as copying files :)

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bk12

3 years ago

Thanks for the patch, I just applied it!

Regarding file operations: to me notifications and file progress information are different concepts, it just happens that Plasma by default group them.

One needs to be able to interact with the file progress view, so it does not make sense to me to add this to Colibri. I personally uses Colibri together with the Plasma file progress view. It works well.

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arcanis

3 years ago

thank you =)

Yep, I agree that file operation and notification is different in their concept. I meant that only notification about start and end of jobs will be a good addition for your applet IMHO.

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bk12

3 years ago

That would make sense, but as I understand it, the applet bypasses the notification API to create those notifications, so there is very little I can do there :/

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arcanis

3 years ago

Yes, I know it, because I tried to create such a patch to your applet :/ But I think that you may use special data engine called applicationjobs to do it (it is in the official KDE4 package). Or maybe some time I'll send you a patch with this extension ;)

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bk12

3 years ago

Sure, patches are welcome :)

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DivanSantana

3 years ago

So glad this project exists - thank you!

Any chace to configure how far from the edge of the screen the popup is? I've configured for top right corner(default) and it's basically touching the edge of the screen and top plasma panel which doesn't look that great.

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bk12

3 years ago

That is not possible for now, but I find it surprising that it touches the edges of the screen: there should be spaces similar to what happens with tooltips. Do your tooltip touch the edges as well?

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sylvainsjc

4 years ago

I'm going back to the standard KDE (4.10.3) system notification because after Colibri activation, dolphin file transfers are not displayed at all.

Does you have an idea to take this in account ?

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bk12

4 years ago

Colibri does not show file transfers. You can either:

- Remove Plasma notification applet from the systemtray. This way you get classic file transfer dialogs.

- Keep Plasma notification applet in the systemtray, but uncheck the "Application Notification" box. This way you get Plasma file transfer indications and Colibri notifications.

For more info, see:

http://agateau.com/projects/colibri/setup/

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frag

4 years ago

How to configure it?

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bk12

4 years ago

Open SystemSettings, then go to "Application and System Notifications". There should be a "Colibri Notifications" icon at the bottom of the list on the left.

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frag

4 years ago

I would like much more settings for notifications: sizes, coordinates (x, y), duration visible, etc. :)

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Thaodan

5 years ago

dead or not?

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bk12

5 years ago

If there are bugs, I fix them. But so far it does what I want. So: not dead, but rather "done" or "mature".

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itsjustarumour2

5 years ago

Works well, KDE really needs these type of notifications. Thanks for your work! :-)

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marcs

5 years ago

Wow, thanks that you are still working on this, I already thought it was dead. This is so incredible useful, it should be part of mainline KDE imho.
What I would love to see is colibri als working for other notifications, like device manager and the likes. Thanks again!

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acidrums4

5 years ago

I've just compiled it. Works quite like a charm. But apart from that ~5Mb in ram, I think Colibri is wonderful. But I don't like passive notifications. When I used Gnome I had notify-osd, and I never could make it display non-passive notifications. Is any way to do that with Colibri? Thank you so much for developing it!

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acidrums4

5 years ago

Oh, I didn't mean "passive notifications" but "non-stack notifications". I want they stack.

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bk12

5 years ago

No, right now it is not possible to stack notifications. If an application sends multiple notifications in rapid succession, the notification texts will be merged together though.

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se3n

6 years ago

Hi i love colibri also love how it works with amarok and kopete but the icons are too small i can't see the album covers and body icons :( i think its 32x32 px i need minimum 64x64 or may be 128 :D is there some way to do this for myself... may be create some configuration file like notify-osd in gnome... i don't know.
Thanks anyway :) :P

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4 years ago

2013.05.14 - 0.3.0
Fixes
- 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
Fixes
- Plug three small mem leaks. Should also fix a rare crasher. (Aurélien Gí¢teau)

Translations
- Brasilian Portuguese (Caio Romí£o)
- Slovakian (Slavko)
- Italian (Federico Chiacchiaretta)
- Czech (Pavel Fric)
- Spanish (gejo)

2010.08.06 - 0.2.1
Fixes
- 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 í‡aÄŸlayan.
- German translation by Michael Gangolf.
- Serbian translation for desktop file by Mladen Pejaković.

Fixes
- 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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