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Gnome Shell - New Notifications


Redesign the way in which notifications are shown and kept available in gnome-shell.


  • Name: Florian Müllner
  • Email:
  • Release notes owner:
  • Product: Workstation
  • Responsible WG: Workstation WG

Current status

The work has been included in the 3.15.90 release.

Detailed Description

The message tray is one of the remaining weaker points of the original gnome-shell design. This change will replace it with a new implementation of notifications that avoids the problems of the current implementation.

A detailed description of the rationale and goals behind the changes was posted here.

Benefit to Fedora

Fedora users can enjoy their notifications more and become happier users of their OS.


  • Proposal owners:
    • Implement the new design (done)
    • Get the changes reviewed and merged upstream (in progress)
  • Other developers: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Release engineering: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

How To Test

Run gnome-shell and interact with the desktop and applications in a way that exercises the various kinds of notifications that may occur, and verify that they all behave as expected and according to the design:

  • Chat notifications
  • Urgent notifications
  • Transient notifications
  • Notifications with actions
  • Notifications without actions

User Experience

See the design for the new notifications.


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Contingency deadline: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks release? N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks product? no


Release Notes