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Send system notifications on several platforms with a simple and unified API. Currently supports Growl, Libnotify, OSD, KDE (Knotify and Kdialog) and Snarl

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Notifier

Send system notifications on several platforms with a simple and unified API. Currently supports:

  • Growl (Mac OS X)

  • GNTP Protocol (Growl, with Vagrant support)

  • Kdialog (Linux/KDE)

  • Knotify (Linux/KDE)

  • OSD Cat (Linux)

  • Libnotify (Linux)

  • Snarl (Windows)

Installation

gem install notifier

Mac OS X

  • Install Growl - growl.info/

  • Install the growlnotify script located on the “Extras” directory

  • Open the Growl Preference Panel (System > Growl) and activate “Listen for incoming notifications” and “Allow remote application registration” options on the Network tab.

Linux

If you're a linux guy, you can choose one of these methods:

  • Install libnotify-bin and its dependencies: sudo aptitude install libnotify-bin

  • Install xosd-bin: sudo aptitude install xosd-bin

  • KDE users don't need to install anything: Test Notifier will use knotify or kdialog.

Windows

  • Install Snarl: download from www.fullphat.net

  • Install ruby-snarl: gem install ruby-snarl

Usage

Notifier will try to detect which notifiers are available in your system. So you can just send a message:

Notifier.notify(
  :image   => "image.png",
  :title   => "Testing Notifier",
  :message => "Sending an important message!"
)

Not all notifiers support the image option, therefore it will be ignored.

If your system support more than one notifier, you can specify which one you prefer:

Notifier.default_notifier = :notify_send

The available names are growl, kdialog, knotify, notify_send, osd_cat, and snarl.

There are several helper methods that you can use in order to retrieve notifiers.

  • Notifier.notifier: return the first supported notifier

  • Notifier.notifiers: return all notifiers

  • Notifier.supported_notifiers: return only supported notifiers

  • Notifier.from_name(name): find notifier by its name

  • Notifier.supported_notifier_from_name(name): find a supported notifier by its name

Creating custom notifiers

To create a new notifier, just create a module on Notifier namespace that implements the following interface:

module Notifier
  module MyCustomNotifier
    def self.supported?
    end

    def self.notify(options)
    end
  end
end

Maintainer

Contributors

  • Olek Janiszewski

  • David Miani

License

(The MIT License)

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the 'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED 'AS IS', WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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