Q: How to make Qt KDE tray notification from Bash script ?

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Q1: Ok... I see kdialog and notify-send send tray notification. Am I right only notify-send -i allows to setup notification icon?

Q2: In example there is notify-send -i 'dialog-information' icon -> what are other icons available by default ?

Q3: Will it work with other window managers ?

2 Answers 2


notify-send --icon=/path/to/XX.png will only set the icon displayed in the dialog,

But for the tray icon, you need to refer to your KDE plasma theme, which is theme_dir/icons/notification.svgz

To find all your kde plasma themes installed, check out these two locations,

/usr/share/kde4/apps/desktoptheme/ (system location)

And ~/.kde4/share/apps/desktoptheme/

  • Could you improve your answer to make it useful for others ? Could you provide an example how to find KDE plasma theme to check pictures available there. Is there any standard which should be provided by all themes (like "notification") ? Aug 24, 2012 at 20:47
  • @GrzegorzWierzowiecki yeah, that's a standard
    – daisy
    Aug 25, 2012 at 1:37
  • By "standard" I meant: What icons have to be provided by standard? I assume there must be some minimum set required. Aug 25, 2012 at 9:06

Take a look at alltray; maybe it's your solution.

From its website:


With AllTray you can dock any application with no native tray icon (like Evolution, Thunderbird, Terminals) into the system tray. A high-light feature is that a click on the "close" button will minimize back to system tray. It works well with Gnome, KDE, XFCE 4*, Fluxbox* and WindowMaker*. Xmms is supported in particular.


These programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes ('-'). A summary of options is included below.

-h --help | Show summary of options.

-v --version | Show version of program.

-d --debug | Show debug messages.

-s --show | Do not hide window after start.

-i --icon | Use a PNG image as an icon.

-l --large_icons | allow large icons (> 24x24).

-st --sticky | visible on all workspaces.

-x --borderless | Remove windows decorations border, title, frame... from parent.

-m --menu | Add entry "menu text:command" to popdown menu.

-t --title | Show title change for seconds. Probably most usefull for xmms.

-g --geometry | initial position. see man X.

Installation (command in a terminal)

- in Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install alltray

- in Fedora:

sudo dnf install alltray


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