Visual hardware notifications for Linux

udev-notify is a simple free software app for Linux that runs in background and shows visual notifications when you plug-in a new device - Camera, Joystick, Removable Drive, Media Player etc...
It uses udev for monitoring hardware changes, and NotifyOSD, notification-daemon, xfce4-notifyd or knotify (whichever you have installed) for the notifications.
Supports Ubuntu 9.04, 9.10, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and derivatives - USU, Mint etc. (as long as they have udev installed).
Works on Fedora too (tested on Fedora 15 Beta).
It can run on other distributions too, but needs packaging for them.


Ubuntu Package: udev-notify_0.1.3_all.deb [40KB]
Ubuntu Repository (run the following commands in Terminal):
echo "deb http://download.learnfree.eu/repository/skss / #SKSS" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
wget http://download.learnfree.eu/repository/skss/repo.pub.asc -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install udev-notify
Foresight Linux (run the following command in Terminal):
sudo conary update udev-notify
Frugalware (run the following command in Terminal):
pacman-g2 -S udev-notify
RPM Package: udev-notify-0.1.3-1.noarch.rpm [45KB]
You must restart your user session after the installation. Then plug some device, to see if it works.
Source (in Bazaar): lp:udev-notify


  • Using notification-daemon
  • In Xfce, Fedora 15 Beta

About / Contacts / Bugs

udev-notify was created by Krasimir S. Stefanov (lokster) as part of the USU Linux project. It is a total rewrite of the older hal-notify app which was part of USU for a long time, but used the legacy HAL system.
You can contact the author from here: http://learnfree.eu/contact
BUGS can be reported on udev-notify's launchpad.net page