How to Enable Desktop Notification for VLC in Ubuntu [Quick Tip]

I think it’s safe to say that VLC is one of the best media players for Linux or any other platform. There are a number of hidden features of VLC  media player which you may not even know about. One such feature is desktop notification. In this quick tip, we shall see how to enable desktop notification for VLC in Ubuntu and other versions.

Enable desktop notification for VLC in Ubuntu

 To enable desktop notification for VLC in Ubuntu, follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Open VLC media player. From the top menu, go to Tools and then Preferences.

VLC->Tools->Preferences
Enable VLC desktop notification in Ubuntu

Step 2:

Check the All button in the bottom:

Enable VLC desktop notification in Ubuntu

Step 3:

Now, from the left sidebar, choose Control interfaces. In here, check the LibNotify Notification Plugin and save it. This enables desktop notification for VLC in Ubuntu with Unity.

Enable desktop notification for VLC in Ubuntu 13.10

By default the notification appears for 4000 ms i.e. 4 seconds. You can change it under Control interfaces by selecting Notify option.

Enable VLC desktop notification in Ubuntu

And that would be it. You can see the notification when you play an audio or video file. It will be perfectly integrated in Ubuntu environment:

Enable desktop notification for VLC in Ubuntu 13.10

I hope this quick tip helped you to use VLC in a more Ubuntu-ish fashion by enabling desktop notification. What do you say?

Since we are discussing VLC tweaks, you may want to fix the green line on VLC issue, if you encounter it frequently.

Become a Better Linux User

With the FOSS Weekly Newsletter, you learn useful Linux tips, discover applications, explore new distros and stay updated with the latest from Linux world

It's FOSS

Great! You’ve successfully signed up.

Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.

You've successfully subscribed to It's FOSS.

Success! Check your email for magic link to sign-in.

Success! Your billing info has been updated.

Your billing was not updated.