I have wrote this script, when the increase volume button is pressed to display desktop notifications with "notify-send".

when the button is pressed:
notify-send "Current volume 'pamixer --get-volume'"

The problems is that the notifications get stacked e.g. enter image description here

Is there a way to prevent the notifications from stacking and just display the newest notification?

  • This depends on what is receiving and displaying the notifications. What desktop environment are you using? – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Jul 7 '17 at 23:27
  • Hello! I am using i3wm with Dunst. – Dankata Jul 8 '17 at 12:50

The notification api has a means to specify the id of a current notification that should be updated instead of creating a new popup, but notify-send does not provide for this. If you are willing to use a small amount of python, you can retrieve the id of a notification when you make it, and then try to update that id later. Put the following python2 code in a file in a directory that is in your PATH, say mynotify-send and do chmod +x mynotify-send:

import argparse, gi
#gi.require_version('Notify', '0.7')
from gi.repository import Notify

def parse_args():
    parser = argparse.ArgumentParser()
    parser.add_argument('-m', '--message', default="body")
    parser.add_argument('-i', '--id', type=int)
    return parser.parse_args()

def run(myid,message):
    obj = Notify.Notification.new("my summary", message)
    if myid:
        obj.set_property('id', myid)
        newid = obj.get_property('id')
        print newid
        myid = obj.get_property('id')
        print myid

def main():
    options = parse_args()
    run(options.id, options.message)


You must install python-gobject too. When you run

mynotify-send -m 'message 1'

it should popup the notification, but also print an id on stdout. Often this is just a small number counting the number of notifications, eg 6. You can then change the message in the existing popup by adding this id:

mynotify-send --id 6 -m 'message 2'

You can do this as long as the popup exists. After the popup goes away the next message will get a new id, eg 7, which the program prints, and you will have to use this in later messages. So basically in a shell script you would just remember the output from the program and reuse it each time.

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