Disable Pidgin Pop-Up Notification System

By | 2009/09/12

I’ll admit that, so far, I’m not a big fan of the 9.04 notification system. It does remind me a lot of OS X “Growl”, but the lack of customization options make it frustrating at times. I do hope that the developers continue to improve on the system as I think it could be a very nice tool given a little more attention.

In the meantime I have disabled Pidgin from using it. I don’t need every inbound IM and status change to be displayed for all to see.

Disable Pidgin Notifications

This “annoyance” can be easily fixed by disabling the libnotify plugin within the Pidgin plugins manager. To disable this system go to Tools > Plugins and untick the checkbox next to “Libnotify Popups”.

Also, if you’d prefer, you can try to customize the pop-up behavior by selecting the “Configure Plugin” button.


Hopefully being able to customize this or disable it altogether will make the new notification system livable until some improvements are made.

14 thoughts on “Disable Pidgin Pop-Up Notification System

  1. mattack

    Or, if you want the whole notification system gone, open a terminal and type:

    sudo mv /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.freedesktop.Notifications.service /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.freedesktop.Notifications.service.disabled

    Then restart. No more notifications. Ever.

  2. Dean

    Awesome. Turning this off was like waking up from a nightmare* where I thought I'd been killed and waking up and realizing I'm still alive.

    * Yes Windoze feels like that, no exaggeration 😉

  3. T.J. Crowder

    Thanks! Exactly what I needed to know to choose which things should “growl” at me. 🙂

  4. leo_guest

    soooooo maaaaaany thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i already went nuts with it!!!!!!

  5. The Awesome Guy

    thanx a lot, … this pidgin pop up was soooooooooooooo……… annoying !!!

  6. denis

    Awesome post, disabling notifications is so unobvious

  7. annoyed

    Thank you!! Those popup notifications were soooooooo annoying.

  8. Mark

    Does not work for me… its driving me mad!

  9. Mihailo Joksimovic

    Thanks a lot ! These notifications were freakin’ me out ….

  10. sofia

    Thanks! i Hated this Notifications 🙂

  11. PS

    Thanks a lot it was irritating me a lot !!!

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